I’m sure wreath making is not my forté but since I keep finding the forms pretty cheap, I’ll keep trying. Here is what I did with some Goodwill and yard sale forms I found.
Please note: While I don’t expect you to find the exact same things I do, I hope that this inspires you to use what you find and make it your own.
On a GW trip I found these items… a straw wreath form, the wooden Boo covered with stickers and a bag of foam ghosts, pumpkins and bats. Each was 99¢. Total so far $2.97.
I then found a grapevine wreath form at a yard sale for 50¢. Running total…$3.47.
Supplies that I had on hand…
Leftover burlap, hot glue gun and glue sticks, black acrylic paint, and cheesecloth. $0.
Since the straw wreath form did not have the plastic wrap around it and I didn’t want it shedding all over the place every time I opened the door, I cut 2″ wide strips of the burlap and wrapped them around the frame. I just hot glued the ends of each piece down.
Once that was complete, I dumped out the bag of foam pieces and spaced them out around the top and outside of the form. When I was happy with the placement, a little dab of hot glue on the back kept them in place.
I then took the stickers off the wooden Boo and gave it a quick sanding with a sanding sponge to make sure there wasn’t any sticky residue left. A couple coats of black acrylic paint and it was done.
It fit perfectly inside the burlap covered wreath but I added just a little hot glue on the ends to make sure it didn’t fly off when the door was opened.
At this point it looked a little boring and just lacking in impact. This is where I decided to add the grapevine wreath and cheesecloth.
The cheesecloth was old, so old in fact, I can’t tell ya where it even came from. Might even have been left from the previous owners of our house. I only know I used some of it when I glazed my kitchen walls. The rest has been sitting in the basement for about three years. Since it was somewhat yellowed with age, I decided to try and dye it with paint. It did work out… eventually. Let’s just say it involved black acrylic paint, black latex paint, soaking in the sink, then in the tub and turning the inside of my dryer grey. If you really want details just send me an email and I’ll be happy to elaborate.
Once I was happy with the color of the cheesecloth, I just tore it roughly down the middle to make 2 strips. Wrapped one around the grapevine wreath and used the other to tie the two wreaths together and hung it up..
I added a few more of the foam pieces to the grapevine piece just to really tie the two together visually.
And the final product….
I really like the two together. Adding the grapevine wreath added so much more oomph. Bold. Graphic without being gory or creepy. Fun and colorful. And really simple.
This is hung on a simple door wreath hanger (on hand) that I spray painted with some hammered copper (on hand) just to get rid of the (in my opinion) ugly gold color.. I know, you can’t see it, but it’s there, trust me.
Final cost $3.47 plus applicable sales tax.
So get out there, hit the thrift stores, think outside the box, use what you can find and make it your own. Don’t see it for what it is….see it for what it could be!
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