Trying to get in the mood for fall. I really am. Everyone else is decorating and getting excited over pumpkins and leaves and I am grumpy because my hostas are now fading away…So the other day I made a new fall wreath, then I hung it and felt a bit of excited about more fall decorating. Then later that day someone slammed the door and the wreath fell down. Along with it went my desire to decorate any more.
Anyhow, I am all about thrift. My boys call it ‘cheap’. I get an idea and have to do it and do it cheap. I am obsessed with finding deals and I love creating beautiful things out of stuff I find at garage sales, craft stores, and event the clearance aisles at my local home store. I have been this way my whole life- I did it before it became a reality show. Life is good.
My wreath was made for around $10. Yes, $10. I bought the grapevine wreath at a garage sale over the summer for 50 cents and ripped off the tacky ribbon and flowers. I knew one day I would do something with it. The birdhouses were on sale for 60 cents each after a 40% coupon at A.C.Moore. I bought a yard of burlap fabric from my Hobby Lobby for about $2.50 and just cut strips off for my ribbon. The scarecrow came from Hobby Lobby, too, for less than $2.50 after the 40% sale. The driftwood was from my trip to Panacea FL a few years ago with my BF. Oh forgot the 2 little birds and 2 ‘bouquets’ of sunflowers were from the Dollar Tree for $1 a piece. Everything else I already had so the cost stayed around $10 where I knew I wanted it to be.
For this wreath, if you do it as I did, you will need wire, wire cutters, and a hot glue gun. It took me about an hour or so because I had to figure out how to get the birdhouses to sit just right. However, the day before I carefully brushed on 2 coats of polyurethane on the birds to try and seal them since they are so porous and I knew that they would disintegrate in the rain. I also sprayed clear varnish on the scarecrow to seal him too. I have done this in the past with other projects and found it lasts for the season.
I hope you enjoy making the wreath. Upcycling those old wreaths into something new and fresh gives me a sense of accomplishment. It challenges my inner creativity (plus it drives my hubby crazy).
This is only the first step for me to get into fall decorating. I have a loft in the garage just begging for me to go through.