HOW TO MAKE A LOVELY WREATH( ....When You're Lazy and Cheap)

Friday, December 19, 2008

I've been coveting many of the wreaths I've seen out there, like this from Williams Sonoma Home (for the bargain price of $128.00...yeah, just a tad out of my price range):




I then realized that my puny little wreath just wasn't cutting it and I started obsessing about finding a new wreath for our front door (you should know I do that a lot...obsessing....that's how many of my home projects come about...apparently it's my "process"). Anyhoo, I looove the Nester , and if you haven't discovered her blog yet you have been missing out BIG TIME. Anyhoo-hoo, I was studying her tutorial on garland making one day and thought "Hey, I can do this with a wreath!".

(NOTE: This is where I apologize for not having photos of my wreath making process. I made the wreath before I had a blog and didn't take photos. I promise to do better in the future.)


Step 1: Get yerself a cheap skinny very fake pine wreath. I got mine 1/2 off of $8 at Hobby Lobby....that's $4 folks.



Step 2: Wander over to the fake flower/greenery department and start browsing for some faux but real looking greenery that strikes your fancy. I bought some ferns, some berries, and some boxwood looking things....again, all for 50% off.




Step 3: Put the goodies on the coffee table, put on that recorded episode of Oprah you haven't watched yet (well...it was actually General Hospital but Oprah somehow sounds less embarrasing) and start adding greenery little by little to your wreath. I started with a base of boxwood and then added the fern things and then the berries. I just kept adding until it felt "lush" enough.


NOTE: the great thing about those fake pine wreaths is that the little pine branches are made out of WIRE...built in wire people! So I just wrapped a wire branch around each little sprig of fake goodness I added to the wreath. No floral wire or hot glue needed (see, I told you I can be lazy).



Step 4: Get yourself a big fat ribbon in a color of your choice and hang your beautiful new creation on the front door.



Step 5: Stand back and admire your lovely creation.


2 Suburbanites Said:

Elizabeth said...

Your wreath turned out beautifully! Taking advice from the Nester and beefing it up, I see!

Bettie from Southern Thresholds said...

Love using a wreath in front of a mirror - also will look in the yard for real foliage to add to a fake one. No one ever knows - I enjoy reading your blog.