Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Quick, Easy and Temporary Wreath Transformation

First a quick note. If these features continue it's going to start going to my head! Seriously though, I am thrilled.

Now on to business. I like to switch things up. I like to be flexible. And I like cheap. Especially when it comes to Christmas decorations, which are only up for a short time. This is not one of those tutorials where I say "Make one EXACTLY like this!" This is more of a... "Use what you have and make it your own" tutorial.

I saw this wreath at Goodwill for $2, I thought it'd a great addition to my holiday decor.

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It had an ugly ribbon on it, which is probably why a lot of people passed it over. It's simple to rip off an ugly ribbon.

Yawn. But now it's a little boring, dontcha think?

So I decided to change that.

First I added a swag of berries that has been lurking in a box since the 1990s. Keep everything moving in the same general direction as the branches lay. It looks better.

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I just tried to really push it into the branches for a seamless look. Then I strung random numbers of unbreakable ornaments on some monofilament line I had. This kind is meant for jewelry, but you could use fishing line, or even strong black or green thread. Whatever you have on hand.

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Here I began stringing them on the wreath.

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For a little more bling I found an old branch of gold tipped poinsettas I bought in 1952 (Not really. That's before my parents were born). I clipped off a number of flowers and leaves and pushed them securely into the wreath branches.

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And here is the final result.

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Before.

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After.

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One of the best things abut this wreath is that in seconds I can rip everything off and reuse it all in different ways next year. YES!

Linking to some of these parties. And Thrift Core.

In other news...

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It's beginning to look A LOT like Christmas.

And also, those of you with small children may wonder what mine were doing while I did this project.

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Looks perfect!

Note for the parent police: All ornaments were unbreakable.

8 comments:

  1. Quick and easy, and it's so much more festive after. Also: jealous of your snow shots, it never snows down here in Florida :)

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  2. Wow you really jazzed up that wreath! It gives me some thoughts of my wreath I still need to get out of the attic. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. My gave me two similar wreaths that she used and because of age are sorta abused. I'm going to use your ideas to spiff them up a bit.

    PS: I love your tree. The first year my niece was old enough to decorate the tree, she put all of the ornaments on the same branch. They kept it that way :)

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  4. Oooo I LOVE the snow picture...you are so lucky to have snow! (I'm in California :( )

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  5. I love how you changed it up! Such a great idea to revamp a wreath! You dressed it beautifully!

    Thanks for linking up to the craft contest!

    Andy
    www.poppiesatplay.blogspot.com

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  6. The wreath is so much better and tell the kids good job too! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Your wreath turned out fantastic, all of your additions look great.

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  8. Love these especially the wreath. I love this time of year.

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