Thrifty Spring Wreath DIY♥

IMAG1305-1Happy New Year!
I just got done taking down all my festive Christmas decor, which left me feeling a little woeful, since my 2013 holidays were all fabulous!
However, I do love bringing out all of my normal decor and setting it up in a fun, fresh way for the new year.
I am crazy about wreaths, and thought I would make a new spring wreath that would cheerfully greet the warming weather. My husband and I are trying very hard to save up for our first house quickly, so my penny pinching has recently put a bit of a damper on my Joann Fabrics shopping sprees  excursions.  It will all be worth it one day soon!  I am very excited to be a home owner!
Since every available dollar goes right into the savings account, I had to use my super thrifting skills to make this wreath for under $10.
…and I totally accomplished it!

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It was  a bumpy ride at first.
I went to Joanns to first buy the grapevine wreath for $3, but they were all out due to the holiday, (I think that was the reason, the lady who “helped” me didn’t seem to enjoy conversing with other people).
After that awkwardness I ventured down the street to Michael’s Crafts to see if they also had grapevine wreaths… and they were wiped out as well!

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In my frustration and momentary homicidal rage disappointment, I was about ready to give up and just call it quits on this daily project.
At that moment, I remembered that my favorite store was only mere blocks away! No, not you Victoria’s Secret, (not this time).
Goodwill!
What I really needed was the grapevine wreath. Even if the stuff on the existing wreath was ugly, I knew I could strip all the flowers off of it and replace them with silk flowers that I could buy somewhere else.
I found an 18″ wreath with a bunch of dusty old pansy’s on it for $3.99. Not bad. The wreath skeleton still looked perfect.
What was even more exciting, was that I found a bunch of silk flowers that looked recently donated that were in great shape! I found little spray roses, regular roses, peonies and great, big hydrangea! Most of the flowers were .99 or $1.99 for the pair. I decided to do an all pink wreath, since it is my favorite color, it’s fresh and it will work well with Valentines Day without being too in your face.
I was a little naughty and also bought a hobnail milk glass vase that I found tucked away in the home decor section. I couldn’t resist, I never find milk glass at Goodwill! My collection needed it! Once in a lifetime opportunity! Don’t tattle on me!
Once I was home, I went straight to work dusting off the wreath and stripping it of all the yucky pansies I didn’t like.

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Once I stripped them all off I started to add my new flowers to the mix in a random, yet neat fashion. I like my wreaths to look a little wild and unruly.
I talk about wreath making more in this tutorial here as well if you need a little more guidance.
I used hot glue to secure all my flowers and leaves into place. Make sure that the stems of the flowers are anchored well in the wreath.

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Once there is a plan of execution the process goes very fast, and before you know it, It’s finished!

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I hope you make a wreath for spring as well! The possibilities are endless, it is cost effective when you know where to look, and if you have a little patience!
Have fun with it and create something beautiful!
♥Shelby

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DIY Autumn Wreath ♥

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Fall is just around the corner! As we wait impatiently for Starbucks to bring back the Pumpkin Spice Latte, we can create a beautiful autumn wreath for our front door! Or, if you’re apartments have rules like mine, the side of your door.
As usual, I went to Joanne Fabrics and raided their 50% off floral section! I bought white flowers (dahlias and ranunculus -like flowers), because I wanted my wreath to look creamy, dreamy and fresh! The browning green leaves gave the wreath a subtle seasonal, autumn look.
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I bought a grapevine wreath as well, these are normally pretty inexpensive ($4-$6 for 18″) so I try to stalk up on them when I can. They work for all seasons!
I started cutting the flowers off their stems, but leaving an inch or so of stem so I could insert them into the wreath and anchor the flower stem with hot glue. Start by placing the leaves around the wreath to get a sense of what you would like it to look like.  As soon as you have a plan of action, start gluing!
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Don’t mess with it too much and go with your gut! Wreaths are a process, so don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t look amazing right away. When it looks full and lush you will be happy with it!
When you’re all done, you can add a finishing touch like a beautiful ribbon or big burlap bow like I did.  In the beginning, I wanted to add a bird nest, but in the end I decided that it already looked finished and I liked the simplicity.  All I need now are albino pumpkins next to my welcome mat to make Autumn official!

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Are you excited for autumn leaves, crisp air and apple cider?! I know I am!
♥Shelby