I got my craft on last weekend. Hubby went black Friday shopping and treated himself to a pretty big item, so I decided to give myself a little indulgent treat and went shopping also. I hate spending money though, and absolutely did not want to make a bunch of impulse purchases that just clutter the house and will end up getting tossed next year. What did make it home were a few small trees, and these wreaths for $2.48 each! Ok, so not these exact wreaths- I added a few things to spruce them up, but the base was $2.48, and even with some extra goodies, the total price comes in easily under 5 bucks.
I’m not sure this even qualifies as a tutorial, it is so easy. I had the small pinecones from JoAnn’s already, and I picked up a few bunches of the berries for $0.97 at Walmart. The wreath base is from Walmart also. I had intended to do all faux greenery, but the selection at Walmart was pretty slim, so the rest I literally snipped off some trees and bushes in my yard.
Here is what the wreath looks like off the shelf. Pretty sad and unimpressive.
They’re wonky and squished from being jam-packed together in a box. But for the price, I thought they deserved a chance and I’m so glad I did!
I bent the wreath back to make it round and started spreading out and fluffing the branches. It was immediately better, but far from where I wanted it to be. My next step was to grab the hot glue gun and start layering in some fun! I started with the berries, and then the pinecones.
Next, I started filling in with the live greenery. If I were using faux, I would have glued these in as well, but since they will dry out over the course of the season, I wanted them to be easily removed and replaced next season. They hang high enough above little hands so the fresh pieces hang in there pretty well. I had clippings from two trees, and also a shrub. I was surprised at the choices I found in my own backyard. With each layer, the wreath was looking better and better!
I added a quick bow with some burlap and whipped out the four others I bought. I can’t believe how far they came- from a sad squished mess, to full, beautiful, fresh and gorgeous! The different colors and textures add so much dimension and life. I have them all over the house now. I used red ribbon and command strips to hang 4 on my windows. I also used the same method to hang a giant 36 inch wreath over my mantle.
They look great, and they took hardly any time. My kind of DIY craft!
Hope it inspires you to try some crafting this Christmas!