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Thrifty Fix: Fall Wreath

October 22, 2009

As part of my current project, an apartment entryway makeover, I decided to make a fall wreath.  I was curious how cheaply I could DIY this project.

I contemplated forming my own wreath out of branches and wire, but seeing as this was my first ever wreathing attempt, I took the easy route.  For only two bucks I snagged a straw wreath form at Michaels – it was their cheapest wreath.  It was a bit messy to work with, but it served its purpose. 

Here’s my tray of accessories:  pine cones, a fake ear of corn, fall flowers and leaves, and two fall berry garlands. 

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First I wound the wire garlands around the wreath.  Between the kittens attacking the berries and the wires getting stuck on each other, that was definitely the trickiest part.  Then I tucked the leaves into the clear plastic thread that bound the straw to the wreath, adding dots of glue for good measure.

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Finally, I speared the wreath with the faux flowers which I had cut from their stems.  I added an ear of corn – why?  Just because I had it laying around. One messy hour later, here’s the finished result!

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I thought it needed a bit more “oomph,” so I added a few pinecones.  You can’t see them very well, but here’s the pinecone-enhanced version:

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And now to brag about the cost. . . 

  • Straw Wreath Form – $1.99
  • Faux Fall Flowers – $1.99  (on sale)
  • Fall berry garlands – $2.49
  • Fall leaves – Free!  (I already owned them.)
  • Corn – Free!   (I already owned it.)

Thanks to Michaels’ Arts & Crafts, where fall decor is already 60% off, I was able to DIY a fall wreath for under $7.00.  Not too shabby!  Stay tuned for the apartment-entrance makeover reveal coming [hopefully] next week!

*Despite their valiant attempts at choking on faux berries, no kittens were harmed in the making of this wreath.*


One Comment leave one →
  1. October 27, 2009 2:44 PM

    I would have never thought of using the berry garlands, but they look great…wonderful job!

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