I did it! At our house we like to have something different on the door for each season. Winter is no problem, what with the holidays - snowmen, wreaths, easy-peasy. Summer has always been a bit more of a challenge for me. Especially since I am frugal, and when I see seasonal decorations for sale I generally tend to gasp dramatically and say to myself, “They want HOW MUCH for that? Ridiculous!” And so for years now summer (okay, spring, too) has had to make do with a metal hat/birdhouse thingy with flowers on it. That fell off the nail almost every time we shut the door. Which meant that most of the time it was sitting down at the bottom of the door waiting to attack the ankles of anyone foolish enough to open our screen door. Sort of like a not-so-cute decorative burglar alarm. Well, this year I decided enough was enough. I saw a cute wreath on Pinterest and figured, “I can do that. It will be a fun project with the 5-year-old.”
A few days later, off to Hobby Lobby we went to gather our materials. Here’s what we needed to make two wreathes (the 5-year-old wanted one for the front door and one for the back door). All prices are approximate - my memory isn’t what it used to be, and of course I didn’t save the receipt:
2 foam wreath forms $5.00 each
2 skeins fun fur yarn (I have also seen it called eyelash yarn) $5.00 each
1 spool ribbon $4.00
2 bunches silk flowers $8.00 each
To make the wreath all I did was wrap the wreath form with the yarn, making sure that each loop was close enough so that no white showed through. If you can score a green wreath form, you wouldn’t have to be quite as careful as I was. I thought that the 5-year-old would get into helping with this portion of the project, but she thought it was boring and scampered off. So I wrapped alone. It’s pretty mindless, though, so I was able to catch up on some DVRd episodes of House Hunters International while I wrapped. To secure the end once I was finished wrapping I simply tucked it through earlier loops. In hindsight, it would have been even easier to simply shoot it with a staple on the backside of the wreath. Next time.
Once the form was greened up, it was time to decorate it. Cut a long piece of ribbon, loop it around the wreath twice and tie a bow at the top. The next part was the 5-year-old’s favorite: the flowers! Cut the flowers from the bunch so that they have a short stem, and poke the wire into the wreath wherever you want the flower to be placed. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Here is the result of our (mostly my) efforts.
It looks really cute, and since I used a coupon for some of the materials and we had yarn, ribbon, and flowers left over each wreath cost less than $20.00. This is an idea that you can use for almost any season/holiday. I’m thinking red, white, and blue yarn with little flags for the 4th of July; autumnal colors with clusters of leaves for fall; black and orange with pumpkins, black cats, and/or witches hats and broomsticks for Halloween; green with ornaments for Christmas; white with snowflakes for winter; red and white with hearts for Valentine’s Day; white and green with clover for St. Patrick’s Day . . . somebody stop me!
I did it! I made a seriously cute seasonal door wreath for much less than I’d have to pay in the store. And even though the 5-year-old wasn’t a ton of help, she’s really proud of “her” wreaths. The 2-year-old could not care less. Try it yourself and let me know how it worked for you!
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