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    Tutorial: A Non-Crafty Mom Makes a Wreath

    December 20, 2013 by Brandy Vencel

    I don’t make stuff. I’m not super gifted in that area, so that’s one strike against me. Then, of course, there is all that hassle. The buying supplies and making a plan sort of cramps my style. So generally I don’t make things. All that changed today when I had a sudden rush of inspiration. This happens approximately once or twice per year, so I just go with it.

    I’ve seen a lot of images on Pinterest of cute Christmas words where the “O” was a small wreath. You know: words like Joy or Noel.

    I’ve been wanting to hang something Christmassy over my poor mantle, instead of my California poppies painting, which I love, but which is emphatically not Christmassy. I decided to go with Joy because Noel seemed too long to hang up; most of the photos I’d seen were of things sitting on a mantle, not hanging over one.

    Anyhow, I’m pleased with it and it took very little time, so I thought I’d share what I did. If I can do this, you can do this.

    Really. It’s true.

    :: Go Shopping ::
    I happened to have really great coupons for our closest craft store, so that was a big incentive. The prices I’m giving below are the sale and coupon prices. It is important to note that waiting until the “last minute” {as in the last five days before Christmas} means a lot of things are on sale. This is the way to buy frugal Christmas decor.

    I’m just saying.

    So here’s what I bought:





    $6.98 {total}
    $2.43 {total}


    This means that my wreath cost me $17.19, and I have lots and jute ribbon and paint left over for future projects. Not that I plan to do future projects, but it sounds cheaper when I say it this way.
    In addition to all of this, I used a tiny bit of 26 gauge wire that I had on had to make a hanger on the back, and an extra cardboard box to protect the table while I painted.

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    :: Just Do It ::
    This is so easy. Cover the table with cardboard. Make sure the letters are clean. Start painting. I actually squeezed the paint right onto the letters and then smeared it around to cover them. It was so simple even I could do it.

    Don’t make the paint too thick or it’ll take forever to dry.

    Wait one hour for the paint to dry, and then assemble. I didn’t cut my ribbon until I was absolutely sure what length I wanted it. I tied a bow at the top and then cut the ribbon after I was pleased with the size. After that I cut two shorter lengths. I tied the letters to the sides using the ribbon. I only knotted the sides; no bows.
    Lastly, I wrapped some 26 gauge wire to the back so that I could hang it on the screws that were already above the mantle.
    This is much smaller than the huuuuuuge painting I had over my mantle. I had little teeny tiny mantle decorations because that was all that would fit with such a large painting. So now, I’ve caused myself other trouble by having too-small decorations on the mantle, but a little after Christmas sale shopping might solve that problem.
    For now, I love my new wreath.

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  • Reply Brandy Vencel December 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I second Nelleke. “First I take my temperature” made me laugh aloud!

  • Reply Nelleke Plouffe December 21, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Oh, me too! It always makes me feel good when another thoughtful mom is not the crafty type. See, people, I’m not the only one. Commenter Sarah, I love your “first I take my temperature” line.
    And the wreath is beautiful.

  • Reply Sarah December 21, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I love it! I’m not really crafty either, so when inspiration strikes, first I take my temperature and then I just roll with it! Your supply images are really helpful.

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