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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Wreath of One's Own

To begin our Christmas crafts & decor week, I wanted to post about wreaths. Everytime I go to a crafts store, I'm amazed at all the beautifully designed wreaths. But some of them are a wee bit pricey. For this reason, I recommend making your own. You can get the wire frame and cover it in garland yourself or just buy a simple, plain wreath, and add whatever you want. There are so many different possibilities! Here are a couple of examples and some ideas.

My mom is a dining room manager at a resturant. And she's also in charge of special events and seasonal decorating. Last year she made the wreath pictured here to display in the bar at the resturant. It has some little wine bottles, martini glasses, and a shaker on it. All she had to do was make the bow and attach the ornaments on it. The ornaments were either tied on from the back with ribbon or tied on with wire.

This year my mom was told that they were limiting their decorations to just a tree in the lobby, which means she got stuck with a bunch of extra decorations she didn't need. She gave me the wreath and told me I could change it however I wanted, so I gave it my own little personal touch. (see below)

A lot of people don't know that I collect mouse ornaments and little mouse figurines. (I know, strange thing to collect, huh? But I just think they're cute!) Anyway, I took a handful of ornaments and attached them to the wreath using green ornament hooks. Once I got the bar ornaments off, it only took me about 10-15 minutes to attach my own. A very quick & easy project!

I wanted to share these with you because I think making your own wreath really can save you money, and it gives the wreath a more personal touch. And the best part is that I can take the ornaments off if I want to and make an entirely different wreath for next year. The possibilities are endless, and you can get a variety of materials for fairly cheap.

This is also a great gift idea because you can do so many different themes for various interests/hobbies/professions. Here are some things you may consider adding to your own wreath:
-Christmas balls
-plastic fruits
-misc ornaments
-pick a particular theme of ornaments (Disney, Precious Moments, Teacher, Nurse, Sewing)
-letters, such as your sir name
-cookie cutters
-stuffed animals (my mom has the cuted Beanie Baby wreath!)
-little figurines or toys

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  • At December 3, 2008 at 8:18 AM , Blogger Charlene said...

    I've done something similar in the past, with a $3 plain green wreath from Dollar General, and a big bugundy fake flocked bow that cost $1 from Dollar Tree. It may not look the same right up close as something more expensive, but most people only see it from the street, anyway!

  • At December 3, 2008 at 9:55 AM , Blogger Hayley said...

    Very cool....I do this too, but yours looks so much nicer!! Did you make the bow??? What a cute idea about the Mouse ornaments. We collect Hawkeye ornaments, but don't have enough to make a wreath with....I'll have to go out after Christmas and snag them up when they are on sale!! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by!

  • At December 4, 2008 at 1:52 AM , Blogger Premyscakes said...

    Hi jerri, thanks for your lovely comments. first time in to your blog. very creative. catch u later.

  • At December 4, 2008 at 7:00 AM , Blogger Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

    Charlene - I agree. Nobody looks at them that closely anyway. I do know people who are very crafty and can actually make wreaths that look just as good or better than the ones in the stores. I'm not too crafty myself, but I try. And this is a great way to save money. Dollar General and Dollar Tree are great places to look. You never know what you may find.

    Hayley, My mother actually made the bow. I just did the ornaments. I've been collecting them for several years now. Some have been given to me, but I've bought others just before or just after Christmas. It's amazing how much you can save on ornaments and stuff if you just wait a few weeks for the sales.

  • At December 7, 2008 at 3:00 AM , Blogger Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

    Thank you Premyscakes! I really enjoyed yours too!


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