While browsing the vast arrays of decor available, no matter the season or holiday, wreaths stand out as some of the most essential, beautiful and pricey decorations offered for purchase. Many beginning and non-crafters are put off by looking at a blank wreath, wondering what to add to make it as gorgeous as the ones they saw in catalogs or at the front of the craft store. A few simple tips will have you creating your own wreath like a pro.
To minimize costs, wait until the seasonal decor goes on clearance. Remarkably enough, sales begin well before the season has ended. At many craft stores, Halloween items are on clearance by mid-September, Christmas items begin to get marked down after Thanksgiving, and so on. The later you can wait to purchase your supplies, the deeper the discount you will get.
The wreath used in the images was a wreath originally intended to celebrate returning to school, in the Third Grade. By October 1st, this wreath was marked down from $29.99 to $7.50. Repurposing items is another great way to get discounts on the merchandise. For example, when the Christmas holiday decor goes on deep discount, pick up a white or tinsel wreath. It would work well for a Valentine’s wreath, adorned with reds and pinks, or Early Spring wreath with some silk crocus and daffodils, appearing to peek out of the last of the snows.
The undesirable parts of the wreath were removed, the blackboard and the measuring tape ribbon. This still left significant amounts of silk flowers, and the grapevine wreath with which to work.
Floral picks were also on clearance, at 75% off. The ones pictured cost $0.25 ea. For another $5.00, 20 picks were available to fill in the hole left by the ribbon, and add some extra fullness and accent to the sides of the wreath.
Assembly is extremely simple with floral picks into a grapevine wreath. Simply push the stems of the picks into the wreath, weaving them in a little to completely hide them. The sparkly cranberry-like accents replaced the bow, and the acorn and leaf accents added to the main wreath.
This wreath literally cost $12.50 to make, and took 13.5 minutes to assemble with no glue, chemicals, paints, etc. Simple enough to use as a child’s project, affordable enough not to break your budget, these tips can be adapted for any season or holiday, helping you have the most well appointed front door on your block.
Supplies purchased from A. C. Moore