Thursday, December 8, 2011

More Joy, Wreath Style!

I've been seeing homemade wreaths popping up all over the blog world.  I don't have a specific one that I was inspired to duplicate, but when I noticed I had some leftover embroidery hoops from this project in Lucky's room, I had to put them to use.  (They were on the same shelf in my craft area as the Modge Podge that I used for my Joy Canvas.)  The price tag on them read 99 cents for 2 of them, and I honestly have no idea which thrift store I picked them up from:).



I picked out pine boughs that I had remaining in my big pile from Uncle Mike.  I also trimmed a few pieces off our boxwood plants out front.  I got out my glue gun and got to work:



 I made the boxwood wreath first.  It was quick and easy.




Here is the completed evergreen wreath.

After I finished glittering my white canvas, I had Lucky and Charm help me modge podge and glitter the poster board letters I used as stencils for the white canvas project.  I have no pictures of this task because it required more hands than I had without trying to operate a camera.  Glitter + Glue + 2 Kids = Craziness!!  The poster board got all wrinkly at first, but then it straightened out.  It would have been even better if I had used cardboard for the letters.

Here is what I had in mind when I made my wreaths:

I put a single hole punch at the top of the letters and used twine to hang them from the ledge above our fireplace.


I used landscaping rocks like this to weigh down the letters/wreath.


A sparkly round ornament serves as the dot on the 'j'.




The wreath 'O' didn't stand out as much as I wanted, so then I tried out the glittered 'O'.






And my wreaths ended up on the windows in our great room:

Another FREE project!!

If I had to buy everything 'new' this month, the cost would have been:
50 cents for posterboard
99 cents for 2 thrifted embroidery hoops
Free boxwood and pine bough clippings
$2.50 for the red glitter (and I amazingly didn't even use half of it)
$3 (maybe?) for a small jar of modge podge (elmer's glue would work too)
$2 for twine

Total Cost: $9 for 2 wreaths and a 'JOY' sign!

Linking up to Centsational Girl.

3 comments:

  1. I LOVE the JOY above your fireplace.. what a perfect place for it. Is that snow I see out your windows?? I wish we got anything like that in Portland.. hope you're enjoying it!

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  2. Thanks Brittany! And yes, it's snow...the real deal. We are no strangers to it here in Minnesota. We are pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas:)! The kids LOVE it and it's pretty for awhile, but ask me again in March when it's still on the ground, and I want to spray paint:)! Thanks for reminding me that not everyone gets snow like we do. I'll be sure to appreciate our next snowball fight that much more:)!

    I've been to Seattle in the late fall and it was rainy and cold...I'm assuming Portland is the same?

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