Homemade Holiday: DIY Chalk Marker Wreaths

December 11, 2012

Hello, friends! Can you believe it’s only two weeks until Christmas? I have a simple and inexpensive DIY to share today. Inspired by the beautiful decals from Shanna Murray, I wanted to make an Irish themed set of wreaths to decorate our glass patio doors. For less than five euro, I whipped up my own temporary version to add a little Irish Christmas cheer to our living room!

Nollaig shona translates to Merry Christmas in Irish. I have a hard time pronouncing it, but this site has a little pronunciation guide for you!

The key to these wreaths is a chalk marker. I picked mine up at KM Evans, but you can find similar ones online (like here). They are cheap and write on glass and come in a million colors. Best of all, they wipe off easily – no razor blades or anything, just a wet paper towel.

I traced a big circle on a piece of newsprint and taped it to the back side of the window. I wanted my wreaths to be roughly the same size and shape and tracing them was very quick.

For the leaves, I started at the top and worked my way out. I tried to keep them equally spaced out but didn’t fuss too much if they weren’t perfect. If I made a mistake, I just wiped the leaf off and started over!

With a gold chalk marker, I wrote Merry Christmas and Nollaig Shona as neatly as I could – and voila! Quick holiday cheer in our living room!


  • Reply Angela T December 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I love this, I’ve never heard of chalk markers before. I’m definitely going to be on the look out now! Your wreathes look great!!

    • Reply emily December 12, 2012 at 3:43 am

      They’re really affordable and so easy to use! I can’t wait to use them throughout the year on our windows!

  • Reply Elizabeth Jones December 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    The wreaths are really cute. Went to the site to hear how to pronounce “Nollaig Shona”. There were Munster, Connaught, and Ulster pronunciations. Listened to all three. They were slightly different. But, I think I now have the basics down. Thanks.

  • Reply Rachel January 30, 2020 at 10:53 am

    really impressed with the information that you have articulated pertinent chalk marker

    , keep posting

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