As soon as the Christmas decorations come down, I find my eye craves a fresher palette. It is such a treat to walk into the stores in January and see all the pretty spring pastel colors on display. My mind turns to spring and I can’t wait to begin planning my home decor for the upcoming season.
I was in a local craft store last week and spotted this stunning wreath for $60. I’ve seen similar wreaths for a whole lot more in high-end shops.
I checked out the construction and quickly realized that a knock-off version would be easy and could be accomplished for less–a whole lot less! In fact, I was able to recreate this wreath for less than $10.
Here’s how I did it. I was lucky to find a slightly smaller styrofoam wreath form at a thrift store for $1. The craft store sells the larger ones for around $6 so if you have to purchase one, your total cost will still be well below the cost of buying the wreath ready made.
I then headed to my favorite local 99¢ store. I purchased 8 bunches of silk flowers in spring colors. I was careful to look for an assortment of shapes and sizes and I steered clear of anything that looked overtly fake or colors that seemed unnatural. (In other words, the bright blue roses didn’t make the cut!)
You will need a wire cutter tool to make this job easy. Before you begin cutting, slide any leaves upward to the base of the flower. Start clipping the flower stems apart, leaving a stem of about 1½ inches on each flower for insertion into the styrofoam base. I wanted my wreath to look similar the one at the craft store where the flowers were bunched by variety and color, so I decided to follow the same approach.
Start pushing the stems into your form. They should stay in on their own, but if you find they do not, you can always put a dab of hot glue on the end before inserting and that should keep them in place.
Place the stems close enough to one another so as to avoid the form showing through. Some of my flowers were fairly large and I found they did not need to be very close to cover the form well. I added sprigs of yellow around the perimeter of my form to give it a feathery look.
I did have to do a little rearranging once the stems were in place to get the spacing even and to get the colors balanced, but still the entire project took only about 30 minutes. While it didn’t turn out exactly like the wreath in the craft store, I’m pleased with it and feel I got a similar look at a much lower cost.
I added a ribbon for hanging and experimented with different places inside and outside the house to hang it.
This is a quick, easy and inexpensive project that will provide seasonal beauty to your home. Keep in mind that you can customize the wreath by selecting colors and flowers that best fit your decor. I urge you to give it a try!