August 19, 2013

the 15 minute, 15 dollar wreath


When we were visiting my in-laws in Arkansas last month, my mother-in-law, Lisa, took me to the cutest boutique. In the front window, they had this gorgeous boxwood wreath.

So classy. Lisa had been debating about buying the wreath for months I agreed it was beautiful, until I saw the price tag: $130!! Way more that I would spend! So I inspected it a bit and told her we could totally make it for like a fraction of that price.

And off to Hobby Lobby we went!

Unfortunately, they didn't have "boxwood," so we improvised with a really pretty, perfectly green (you know what I'm talking about, not all fake greenery is created equal) swaggy thing.  We picked up a qrapevine wreath to give it structure, headed home and whipped it up.

It turned out lovely. (I finished it after she had gone to bed, and hung it on the pantry door to surprise her.)

  
And for WAYYYY less than $130!! When we got home from vacation, I thought about her wreath every time I opened my front door.  I admit, I coveted it. So today, I finally made my own!

So here's how to whip one up for yourself!

Supplies:
grapevine wreath
swaggy greenery
ribbon
floral wire (or if you don't have any on hand, use baggie twisty-ties like me. Classy!)
scissors

Its $15, conditional on Hobby Lobby's sales. The swaggy thing is $24.99, but it was on sale for 50% off, and the grapevine wreath is $4.99, but it was also 50% off.  Even if those things aren't currently on sale, you could use their 40% off coupon, and still make it for a really good price. Just google "Hobby Lobby coupon" on your phone, click through, and then hand your phone to the cashier. Viola! As for the ribbon, you could use what you have on hand, or get something similar to this chevron burlap (which I think was from Hobby Lobby too). My mother-in-law was so nice and mailed me the rest of her burlap ribbon (thanks, mom!).

So stretch out the swag, and smooth/straighten it so that all of the branches are going the same direction. Lay it on the wreath and wire it to a branch of the wreath.


And proceed around the wreath, wiring it on every 6 inches or so. It will be sparse in a few places, but don't worry, we'll fix it.



When you get back to the beginning, snip of the excess piece.

It doesn't look so pretty yet. 


You'll want to wire in any branches that are hanging out. And use the excess piece to fill in the sparse parts. I cut my extra piece into 3 pieces.  And I left one spot sparse, bc I knew that's where I was going to put the bow. And trim up the wires. I used a green Sharpie to color them to make them less noticeable. 


For the bow  
(easiest bow evah!)

I had to trim my ribbon down to a proportionate width. About 5 inches?


Then cross the ribbon like so...


and find the middle of the loop...

and then bring the middle of the loop to where the ribbon crosses...
then squish it up

and tie it up with a piece of wire (who am I fooling, its a twisty-tie.)

then cut a piece of ribbon (or fold it) to cover the wire


tie it, and then trim the ends so they don't show

oh, and slip a twisty tie under that

then pick a spot on your wreath and wire it on securely.

VOILA!!!


I'll be honest, it might take you longer than 15 minutes, depending on how much of a perfectionist you are, and whether your kids are asleep or whether they're "helping." But its still super easy and super fast. And super good looking.

SUPER!

I would love to see your finished wreath! 
Tag your pic on Instagram or Twitter #howtomomwreath, 

34 comments:

  1. Totally cute Kylie!! I may have to go and copy you. I love the burlap with it!!

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    1. Thanks, Lori! You totally should :)

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  2. That IS good looking fake greens! Pinning!
    www.LuckyRedHen.com

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    1. I know, right?! Thanks for pinning :)

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  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the look of it!

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  4. I love it! And I love the Chevron bow - I am in dire need of a wreath for our front door, I pinned this for when I get around to making one ;)

    Yvonne @ TriedandTasty.com

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    1. Thanks Yvonne! I was in dire need too, my door had been bare since I took the Christmas wreath down in February! haha

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  5. Such a beautiful wreath and I adore the addition of the chevron ribbon. :) Pinning!!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for pinning! ;)

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  6. Wow I'll be honest, I love yours MORE! That off center bow is just perfect for the whole look, and a great color choice too!

    Very inspiring DIY, thanks for sharing!!

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    1. I appreciate the compliments :) Thanks!

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  7. This wreath is SO cute! Love the step by step tutorial. I'm all about cheap and quick projects!

    Katie @ http://www.thecasualcraftlete.com/

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    1. Thank you Katie :) My favorite projects are ones that can be done in an hour or so. Otherwise I'm too easily distracted!

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  8. Your wreath is way cuter than the boutique one!! I love it, and the chevron is a fabulous touch!

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    1. Well thanks Therena! It definitely turned out different than the boutique one, but it was a happy accident!

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  9. Love the wreath! Something I would love on my front door. If you get a chance, please link up to my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/08/sunday-linky-22.html

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  11. Your wreath tuned out wonderful and I can see why you had to make one for yourself as well! Love the greenery you used and the chevron bow adds just the right pop of color.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Suzanne
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks. Links are open till Friday.

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  12. Lovely! I may try this. Thank you for the tutorial. :)

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  13. This is so simple, but beautiful! I am coveting your wreath now lol :)

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  14. Found your wreath on pinterest. Love it. Pinned it. Making it. Thanks!

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  15. Hi Kylie, I love your wreath, it's just adorable! I've been looking for a boxwood wreath forever, but never found one that I was willing to spend the money on. I think I'll be heading to Hobby Lobby :) Thanks for the great share!

    If it's okay with you, I'd LOVE to share your wreath (first photo in your post) on my FB page with a link to your blog. Here is my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SweetLittleBluebird Let me know...if you give me the okay, I'll share. Hope you're having a great Sunday! Cheers!

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    1. Of course that's fine, I'm flattered! :) I liked your FB page, and am looking forward to checking out your blog!

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    2. Thank you! Off to share! I've been pinning it too! You're getting lots and lots of love for your awesome wreath! Hope you have a great week!

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  16. I have also looked enviously at those expensive boxwood wreaths! What a great solution. Yours looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

    Warmly, Michelle

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    1. I still kind of want one... sigh... :) Thanks for your compliments!

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  17. I did it and LOVE it! Thank you so much for posting about it, makes me happy every single time I drive up to my house! Although I'm not as skilled so it took me a little longer and cost a little bit more :)
    http://amilitarymama.blogspot.com/2014/03/more-like-30-minutes-and-30-dollars.html

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  18. I love your wreath and DIY! I made my own on my blog! I featured your site on my blog, please check it out :) http://gallantlady.blogspot.com/2015/01/diy-spring-wreath.html#more

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  19. thank you for the inspiration, I made one last week.
    http://crafty-endeavors.blogspot.com/2015/06/summer-wreath.html

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  20. Thanks for the inspiration! It was fun and easy to make. Here is how mine turned out x 2 (as I have a double door). http://www.pettieandnickel.com/diy-making-a-wreath-for-double-doors

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  21. Can I ask where you found the boxwood for the wreath? I have looked at every Hobby Lobby and see nothing.

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