Budget Christmas Wreath Pt. 1

Lately I have been slightly addicted to watching YouTube videos of people making Christmas decor out of items purchased at the dollar store; I’m a little obsessed with the idea and I decided I needed to try it myself. So here is what I made using dollar store items.

Full disclosure: I used at least one dollar store item on everything, but these crafts do contain items I either already had on hand, or that I purchased at the thrift store.

First up is the moss wreath. I bought a foam ring and one package of regular moss at the dollar store. ( I was also going to use reindeer moss, but I decided to use it on something else.) The bristle trees I purchased at Hobby Lobby, they were half off. I already had the little deer head and the floral foam I used to create the “platform” for the trees. Total cost was around five dollars!

Basically, I just used hot glue to attach the floral foam base, then the moss, then the trees and finally the stag head. It took a little while to hot glue all the moss on and it was quite messy, but other than that it was a pretty simple project. I think it is really cute and I’m probably going to use it on a shelf instead of hanging it up somewhere.

Next is the church wreath. I purchased the wreath, church ornament and a five pack of the Merry Christmas signs at the dollar store. The yarn, berries and trees I already had on hand, but you can buy the trees at the dollar store as well. I started by staining  the wreath with a walnut stain; this was a pain in the behind and it didn’t get very dark, but overall I’m happy with the end result. (I’m going to try soaking it in coffee next time.) after the stain dried I wrapped the yarn around the bottom portion and then hot glued all the pieces in place. Lastly, I tied a cute little ribbon at the top to hang it with. Oh, and I also took some greenery off the church and used wire cutters to remove the loop from the top of it. This wreath will go in my entryway, I think it fits well with my farm/countryside theme in there.

This next wreath was super fun and I’m totally in love with it: The sparkly reindeer wreath. The only item on this wreath that is from the dollar store is the reindeer, but it is the piece that makes this wreath so fabulous! I used a grapevine wreath that I already had on hand as well as some floral pics that I’ve picked up on clearance or have had in my stash for years. I started by dry brushing the wreath with white, silver and sparkly glitter paint. once it was dry, I hot glued the reindeer in the center. Next I chose my florals and placed them around the wreath to figure out where I wanted each of them to live (I should add that I almost always cut my large floral picks apart so that I can place the smaller pieces where I want them.).  Once I had my final design, I used hot glue to attach everything to the wreath. I am so pleased with this wreath; I haven’t decided where to put it yet, but it’s definitely going somewhere that I can see it all the time.

Lastly, we have the snowman. He also holds a special place in my heart and I think he is adorable. I used two different sized wreaths from the dollar store and two Christmas stockings I purchased at the thrift store. I had the white spray paint, foam board, leaves and berries. Total cost for this wreath was four dollars!

I started by lightly spraying the wreaths with white paint. I didn’t go for full coverage, just a sort of “frosty” effect. When the paint was dry, I zip tied the two wreaths together to create my snowman. To make his hat, I cut the shape out of foam board and used part of one of the stockings to cover the top. I used the fur cuff from the same stocking to cover the brim. To make the scarf I cut apart the other stocking, made a long strip of fabric and “hemmed” it using hot glue. I used extra fur and the pom poms from the other stocking to finish it off. (I also used a bit of the scarf material to make a fabric flower for his hat.) I hot glued and zip tied the hat and scarf into place and finished it off with a few floral accents. This little guy will probably hang in my dining room.

I had so much fun making these that I went in the attic and pulled out all my wreaths to take them a part and remake them…but that’s a story for another post.(Stay tuned, another post coming soon!)

I hope you have enjoyed taking this little dollar store wreath-making adventure with me. It was a lot of fun to figure out and I’m trying to resist the urge to go back to the store for more items…I have enough stuff in the workshop to keep me busy until next Christmas!

Take care, be blessed and…Keep It Creative.

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