Decorating Cheat #4 ~ Enhancing A Wreath

June 27, 2013





I am a sucker for a pretty wreath, which is funny, because I really do not like fake flowers.  At all.  I strongly prefer the real thing and if, for some reason, I cannot have them in my home, then my centerpieces generally feature fruit or food.  Unfortunately, neither of these items lend themselves readily to long term displays, so if I want color and softness on my walls and doors, then fake flowers it is (although the idea of a cupcake wreath is very, very tempting!). 

My cheat here is one that I am sure many of you already do instinctively~ buy a cheap premade wreath and embellish it.  To be honest, I wasn't even going to include this tip as part of the series.  It seemed like such an obvious idea to me, but when I mentioned this recently to friends, I was questioned.  The diehard shoppers in the group asked why I would do this when there are so many gorgeous wreaths on the market today.  The devoted crafters wanted to know why I wouldn't just make one from scratch.  

Maybe, this wasn't as obvious as I thought.

The ladies had valid points and in fact, I have both custom made and store bought wreaths in my home.  I'm not picky, it's all about the price and sometimes that's why the cheat makes sense.  Open any catalogue or walk through your local craft store and check out the wreath price tags.  Yikes!  They can be outrageously expensive....and while they may not be my favorites, silk and dried flower stems can be very pricey, as well.  To make a wreath from scratch can cost you almost as much as buying a high end premade model.  I have stated before that I am downright cheap when it comes to my accessories, so the idea of paying fifty to a hundred bucks for a wreath (that I may or may not hate next season) just doesn't fly.  

That's why I cheat.

This wreath was hanging over the bananas at my supermarket.  It was $4.99, I kid you not, but it was also kind of a mess.  The grapevine was cracked, the flowers were sparsely placed and many of them were falling off, but I knew that with a few bucks and a little glue, it could be outstanding. 

I started by removing the flowers from the grapevine and rewiring them onto a twelve inch wire frame.  It actually worked out well, since I have a storm door and I need a thin wreath to fit between the glass and the door.  There is no overhang to offer protection and the wreath would be ruined after a short time in the elements.


Once I had wired up the existing flowers, I added a few that I purchased at the store for under five dollars.  They were clearance, of course.  When I was happy with the way things looked, I made sure that my wires were tight and everything was glued down where I wanted it.  I love the glue gun, as I can move the flowers in any direction I want, fixing any droopy or unruly buds along the way. 

spring wreath

The purple ribbon came with the wreath, I just untied the bow and looped it around the wire for a more whimsical look.

wreath making supplies

My glue gun. My favorite crafting tool, by far.


My front door is metal (and ugly and white, but that is a story for another day), so I use a giant green magnet to hang my wreaths.  It is very secure, does not damage the door (not that I care ~ can you tell that I don't like the door?) and it is totally camouflaged!


The final cost of this wreath came in just under fifteen dollars.  It took me about thirty minutes to rewire and enhance it and I think it looks fabulous.  I planted a bunch of purple and pink million bells and petunias in the beds surrounding the entryway and honestly, it looks so pretty, I almost don't notice that white door!

Almost.

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32 comments:

  1. Absolutely! I have accumulated and made a number of wreaths over the years, which I am constantly reworking,adding to and using in different locations. I think your wreath looks wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Carol! I'm glad to hear that I am not alone! Sometimes I combine parts of several wreaths to make something completely new and fresh...reuse and recycle! :)

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  2. Your wreath is really pretty, Kim! Done right(as you have) silk flowers can be just as pretty as the real ones.

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    1. You are absolutely right, Brandi! I think I am just scarred from all the fake flowers in my house growing up. My mom loved her garlands and swags! :)

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  3. That's really cute! I especially love what you did with the ribbon!

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    1. Thanks Karen, sometimes I just get tired of a plain old bow!

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  4. I haven't done wreaths on my doors in so long. I see a few on doors in our community here, and thought maybe I'd give it a try again.

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    1. You should, Kathy ~ store bought or custom made, I'm sure it will cheer up your front door! Thanks so much for popping by and taking the time to comment! :)

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  5. Yay! That was certainly a win!
    I remake wreaths all the time and one of my favorites is an inexpensive wreath embellished with tulips for spring.
    It would have been fun to see what the $4.99 wreath looked like before you began the process. :) You certainly made your front door absolutely inviting.

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    1. Thanks Diane! I know, I wish I had before pic. I actually redid this wreath last summer and just recently, spruced it up again, so I didn't have any pictures from the original redo! I just started blogging in March, so now, of course, I am photographing everything and then some! Back then however, blogging wasn't even a word in my vocabulary! My how time changes things! :)

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  6. This is really cute. Thanks for sharing on DIY Showcase!

    Shelly- Minettesmaze

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  7. Beautiful! thanks for linking up at Hickory Trail :)

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    1. Thanks Angela and thanks for another great party! Enjoy the holiday! :)

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  8. Love this idea, it looks amazing. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thanks for popping by to take a peek at it, Marty!

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  9. Lovely! I think you made faux flowers look quite pretty in your wreath :) Found you via The NY Melrose Family linky!

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    1. Thanks Amber. I do really like the colors...makes the house look cheery and they never need watering! :) Thanks for the visit!

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  10. New follower via Whimsy Wednesday! This wreath is beautiful. TFS

    PAM
    @ www.pjstreasures.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Pam and so excited you are following! :)

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  11. So pretty! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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  12. It Does look very pretty :) So glad you feel better about the door now :)
    -Reshama
    www.stackingbooks.com

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    1. Getting there, Resh! That door needs some construction work before I can paint it a pretty color, but the wreath does an ok camouflage job! For now ;)

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  13. Great idea and so cute! Thanks for linking up at Give Me the Goods Monday! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  14. I love this! So pretty! Visiting from the Gotta Create blog hop! Feel free to link this one up at our Red, White & BBQ Ladies Only Blog Share link party which is now live! :)

    http://mommifried.com/ladies-only-blog-share-link-party-red-white-bbq/

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  15. Great idea! Beautiful wreath. Looks beautiful on your door.

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    1. Thanks so much, Tammy! I appreciate the comment!

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