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Thursday, December 22, 2011

I Needed a Wreath............

The big box store wreath ....$39.00.
Several yars ago when we moved from our 3-story home to a smaller place I decided it was a good time to unload some of our decorations. And trust me we had tons of them.  Every occasion was covered and Christmas and Halloween shared the prize for years of accumulation! 

One of the garage sales I held.  Lots of things went including most of my Christmas items!
I was planning on holding several garage sales in my quest to purge, and declutter my life, so  I went through all of my Halloween and Christmas treasures and decided what could go and what I couldn't part with.  Over the course of four weekends of garage sales, most of my wonderful decorations went, including the Christmas tree(s), bear collection, outdoor and indoor decorations, lights  and all my wreaths.  Some of my these things were actually purchased by a movie set decorator for a Christmas scene being shot locally.  That made me feel really good. 

Here's some of the Halloween goodies I unloaded. 
Since circumstances changed and we're home for Christmas this year decorating our new home began as a bit of a challenge.  First of all we had to get a new tree, and lights.  Then, we decided we needed   wreaths for the fireplace and front door.  My husband did some shopping and came home with a fancy wreath from Costco and I almost fell over when he told me how much he paid for it. Being me,  I decided it had to be much cheaper to make my own, and that I could probably  make one equally nice.  So the following pictorial is what I came up with and I'll let you be the judge of whether or not it turned out better.

I dug through my christmas box and found ribbon, christmas balls, and some pine cones.  I purchased picks and a wreath form at 60% off at Zellers.

The ribbon inserts were easy to make and luckily I had some florists wire on hand to make the job even easier.

These picks come together so quickly. 

Here's the finished wreath hanging on my front door. 

Here's a little closer shot to show all the details.   Total costs for the items I purchased $11.58, and I think it looks just as good as the one from Costco. DIY worked out pretty good!


Shari Winterstein said...

You did a great job on your wreath! Thanks for blessing my day and have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful 2012!

Patti said...

Penny, you did a wonderful job. And every bit as good as the bought one but this one is more special because you created it yourself. Merry Christmas to you and your family and may your new year be blessed with good healthy & much happiness.

paper bag create said...

WOWsers...they're both GORGEOUS!!! Me thinks you've missed your calling girlfriend!! {{hugs}}

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Maybe you should have your own DIY show.!! I pick your card as one of the runner ups this week at A La Card Monkey!