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Did you know that store-bought wreaths are like $50??
I’m sure you can understand my surprise when I walked into Target, for the third time in my life, find a beautiful, luscious wreath and then look at the price tag.
That’s a whole pack of the GOOD diapers!
Being a crafter, and maybe slightly cheap, I decided to make one for myself.
Less than $12 is about what I spent on this! I found, what looks like a homemade grapevine wreath at GoodWill for a little less than $3 and everything I used on it was either from The Dollar Tree or Goodwill. If you can’t find an empty grapevine wreath, The Dollar Tree sells wreath making supplies OR I did see quite a few pre-made grapevine wreaths at GoodWill. I seriously considered buying one of those and removing everything that was already on it.
When I was picking stuff out, I didn’t really have a direction I was going. I knew I wanted burlap and green. That was it.
I did buy a little more than I needed but the rest was used in other areas of my decorating.
I put it off for quite a while, which meant that the wreath part was in my way and may have had a couple pieces broken off of it but it turned out SO beautiful! I did have to prune it a little bit, beforehand, because it had some pieces that didn’t make sense or that were too broke to salvage.
For those of you who can’t fathom paying almost $50 bucks on something like this, I have INSTRUCTIONS!
What you need:
Of course, all of this will depend on the style you are going for and what is available to you but this is what I used.
- Grapevine Wreath (GoodWill)
- Wreath Hanger
- Pack of phrases (thankful, welcome, and harvest)
- 4 packs of fern leaves
- 1 pack of maple leaves
- 1 pack of burlap flowers
- 1 pack of purple pumpkins
- Hot glue gun (I already had this)
- String or jute
Because I had the glue gun already, it was cheaper. Even if you DON’T have one yet, the best rated one on Amazon (this one) is only $13. Which is STILL cheaper than buying a wreath from Target.
What to do:
When you have the supplies, whether they are just like mine or not, you want to remove tags!
Break down all of your leaves, branches, and flowers. By that, I mean to separate them from the bunches so you have more control of where everything goes.
Once you have everything separated, it’s time to start gluing!
I’m pretty certain that I should have started at the top of the wreath and worked my way down, but I didn’t.
First, I placed all of the branches where I thought they looked good and then glued the ones I could reach without moving anything. For the ones I couldn’t reach, I slide back out, glued, and then put it back.
I moved onto the flowers next using the same technique. Then the leaves and the pumpkins. I showed my husband at this point to which he replied, “Lookin’ good, babe” and then asked me what I was going to add to the top portion.
He swears up and down that it isn’t done yet.
With the WELCOME sign, I had it glued onto some burlap leaves at first and didn’t like it. It didn’t really fit with the rest of it. Next, I tied some string around the end letters but it still didn’t look right. I finally landed on gluing the strings to the back and hanging it from the middle.
I think this is what really makes it shine!
When you are finished, don’t forget to pull all the glue strings off!
While I was out getting the hanger from The Dollar Tree, I stopped at Wal-Mart and a light came on in my head. FAIRY LIGHTS (see what I did there?)
I know it’s not from the dollar store but I love fairy lights SO freaking much I couldn’t help but throw some on there. I am so happy I did, the result is beautiful! I just want to stand outside and stare at it!
The lights were about $4 and you definitely don’t need them but my total is now under $17.
*I highly suggest bringing this in when it rains or gets too cold!*