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