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Friday, January 4, 2013

How to make a Reusable Door Wreath for Every Season

I just love a good door wreath, don't you?

Today, I'm going to show you how I've managed to have a wreath for every season without the hassle of storing them all during the off-seasons.

And all for roughly $20 or less.

This is the wreath I hung on our door this fall.

So simple.  Unassuming.

Until I show you my secret weapon....

 Yep.  I just used Dollar-Store, plastic "hair claws" and some hot glue to make embellishments for various seasons.

    In this post, I'll show you how I EASILY and CHEAPLY transformed a "Give Thanks" wreath into a Christmas/Winter Time wreath- all of which can be used year after year!

Let's get Started!

In the fall, I purchased one frame and some chalkboard paint from a local craft store.

Then, I purchased TWO 'grape vine' wreaths, some ribbon and whatever trinkets I could find in the holiday decor/craft section of our local Dollar Store!

Next,  I glued the two wreaths together because I wanted a fuller look.  Then, I attached the frame to the back using lots & lots of hot glue.

Afterwards, I sprayed the glass with chalkboard paint.

With that being said, your 'base' should look like this.

  If you're new to chalkboard paint, here are some things I learned the hard way (haha).

     It has to have several coats of paint and dry for SEVERAL DAYS.  Be sure to do some research about "seasoning" your chalkboard.  If you don't do it right, the leftover words will still show up after you've erased.

      I can't really share much about that, since I haven't mastered that trick either.  (Notice how you can still see the word THANKS on the board). Oops!

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      This is what I used for the Winter Wreath.  I already had the fabric, but at The Dollar Tree, all this  cost about $4 total.  That's the truth! (The third hair claw was used for a previous project)!

    Next, you're going to take your embellishments (I love that word), and hot glue them to your hair claws.  The plastic snowflakes were a little trickier to maneuver. Make sure you have plenty of materials.  I ended up pulling pieces off/apart/starting over about twice.

Next time, I might try those "alligator clips" for your know the ones?

Here's an example!

 I found that ribbon and fabric work well for covering up any part of the claw you may be able to see.

Then, arrange the claws onto the wreath as you wish.

The last step involves writing a message on your chalkboard.

Before you write on it...

dip the chalk in water first- I didn't believe this trick would work, but it REALLY does.

It looks very thin/faded at first, but it DARKENS as it dries.

I found this post via pinterest and found it to be super helpful.  Handy Dandy!

Here's the finished product and a "Before/After."

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     The possibilities really are endless.

     I'm thinking a "Go Bucks" one would be fun for football season, but I've got Valentine's Day on the brain right now.

     Just so you know, by the time I got all my materials out and organized, it took me about an hour to get it all right.  I just turned on the t.v. and hot glued my little heart out.

     Wouldn't this make SUCH a cute gift?  One wreath/frame with "claws" for every season and a box of white chalk!  Who else is with me!?!?!

Of course, once I started browsing pinterest, I got 1,000 more ideas.

What will you use?

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Anonymous said...

Great idea! The plastic hair clip is brilliant. Pinning this. Dropping in from Make the Scene Monday.

Chiwei @ One Dog Woof said...

The hairpin idea is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Those wreaths are wonderful!

Hopping by and following your lovely blog's twitter, FB, and Pinterest. I blog @ Getting Healthy with Essential Oils

I am also inviting you to join Tiddle Diddle Handmade Shoppe's first giveaway event.

Holly said...

Thanks for all your sweet comments, ladies. It's fun to be a part of a community (via blogging) where so many great ideas get passed around! Planning to stop by your blogs and say hello! :)