Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cheap Wreath

I've been putting off decorating for fall. I don't know why. I knew I had stuff to use, but I just couldn't get motivated. Finally, I decided to start by making a wreath for the inside of my front door.

I bought this wreath at Goodwill.

Look closer. Do you see those holes?

I could have ripped off the plastic to use the "natural" straw look, but those holes would have really bothered me. I decided I could cover the wreath with ribbon.

I bought this roll of ribbon because I liked the colors. Before I could use it, I found this ribbon.

I had used it before to make a bow. I decided to save the new ribbon for another project. 
After ironing the ribbon, I wrapped it around the wreath form.

I could tell that I wasn't going to have enough ribbon, so I started over.

Hmmm, still not enough ribbon. What's a girl to do?

I thought I would add this wooden hanging thing to the completed wreath.

It magically covered the bare space on the wreath. But then, it made the wreath really heavy to hang. I also just didn't like the wooden piece.

So, I tried to stretch the ribbon some more.

See how much closer I was getting. But I really couldn't stretch it any more.

At thar point, I needed to stop. I was too lazy to look for wreath pins or the glue gun, so I improvised.

I taped it! Now at this point, I should have turned the wreath, but I was fixated on it just as it was hanging.
I started looking for something to cover the bare spot. I found this fall sprig that seemed just right.

Unfortunately, I only had one. So - more looking. Then I remembered this tin basket that I got for less than a dollar at my favorite Goodwill store.

I liked it and it covered the spot perfectly.

I thought about adding that raffia ribbon from a gift, but I decided it was too fussy.

I still didn't want to look for my glue gun, so I used this Gorilla Glue that I won from a giveaway sponsored by My Repurposed Life.

Finally I was satisfied. I hung it on my lovely, seasonally- appropriate orange door.

Here's one last closeup.

Now - my door opens from the side where the basket is and also the uncovered part of the wreath. If I ever open my front door - which is rare as we come in through the garage - then the bare spot shows. All I had to do was turn the wreath before I glued that bucket and the bare spot would have been against the wall. I think that's called foresight. I don't have it.

Oh, well. I'm happy with it for now.

Have you ever cheated on a project and taken shortcuts like I did?

I'm linking up here: http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com/2011/09/twice-owned-tuesday-party.html



Anonymous said...

wow! it looks great! but you sure do have patience!! :)

Anonymous said...

why didn't it say it was from me? i'm logged in.. this new desktop is quirky..need curtis to fix it!

Thrifty Crafty Girl said...

I've taken a thousand short-cuts on my projects... and I'm the only one who ever notices! Nice job!

Thisisme. said...

My goodness, you've got to have patience for this crafting lark, haven't you?!! At least the finished wreath was worth it. Looking good!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Now you are done with your wreath and it looks Beautiful.
I love your story so much !!!
I have days like this with my Ceterpiece just not looking right so it comes down, and one go up, and one go down. this is how it is doing Tablescapes for me sweet lady. I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments.
XXOO Diane

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

What a cute wreath! I just took the easy way out and ordered one that was already made.

Unfortunately, I don't like it as much as I liked the picture, but it was on sale, so it's okay, I guess.


Mary @ Redo 101 said...

Do you have ANY idea how funny you are????? Honestly, on about the third try I'd have flung that wreath across the floor, so I'm loving all that patience you exhibit. Maybe if we blog together long enough some of your patience will rub off on me ... or again, maybe not, I think I'm too old to change, but still young enough to fling. BTW the final product looks fine and I'm with ya, no foresight. At. All.

Mary @ Redo 101

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

I LOVE THIS! Yes, I ahem, am a pro at taking shortcuts, good thin they work out!