If you have been to the supermarket, the mall or any retail stores for that matter, you can see that everyone is already gearing up for Christmas. The holidays are just 7 weeks away. That means it is just about time to start your Christmas shopping, planning your holiday menus, getting up those Christmas decorations and sending out your Christmas cards. I have always loved Christmas cards. There is something exciting about getting those card envelopes in the mail. I string them up and display them all proudly on our mantle. I love sending them too. Last year, I was excited to send out our Christmas cards featuring miss Mai, that was until I tried photographing her.
I had it all planned out in my head. It was going to be perfect. We bought her an adorable Santa dress. I wrapped a bunch of fake presents, put up a back drop and even bought a bow for our furry baby. It did not quite go as I had planned.
Luckily, I did manage to get in at least one good shot of my darling girl. Here is last year’s Christmas card photo…
This year I knew was going to be a challenge. My daughter is very active and is closing in on her terrible 2’s. I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to approach this, so I scanned my Pinterest pages and found some wonderful ideas but what really caught my eye was a Christmas present wreath.
I thought, how cute would it be if I could make a giant present wreath and use it as a prop for Mai.
I used some old boxes and a few new ones in assorted sizes. I sealed the boxes with a glue gun and cut off any overlapping edges. I wrapped each present and used glue under the wrapping paper to secure it in place. (This is important otherwise the paper will tear when adhering to the rest of the project.) You could also paint the boxes, but I like the look of wrapping paper. I laid out the boxes in the order to form the shape of a wreath. I then, chose the side that looked nicest for the front of the wreath. I laid the project front side down & glued the edges of the presents where the corners met, then filled in the cracks with additional glue. I used the hot glue and secured a wreath backing to to the backside & let it dry. Once it was dry, I flipped it over and attached the bow & voila… A perfect Christmas photo prop.
Mai had fun with this photo shoot. She enjoyed climbing in and out of the wreath and sitting on the boxes. While it was difficult snapping a photo of her staying still, at least she always had a smile.
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