Friday, December 3, 2010

A Wreath Tutorial

looks real doesn't it...????

Yesterday I set out to finish my wreaths...I finished my front door with REAL boxwoods....and then moved onto the window wreaths.

After the first one, it was becoming incredibly apparent that I was a) not going to have enough boxwoods b) that it was going to take forever c) that they were probably going to die before Christsmas...sooooooo, I went back to the drawing board.  I really absolutely, do not care for the Faux wreaths on the front of the house, it just isn't my style...what to do? What to do?  Well, I hit the internet of course and came across an idea....from the Suzie Harris Blog.    They seemed real looking without feeling "faux". And off to Hobby Lobby I went...

Her tutorial  became the basis for my wreath, with a little tweaking.  I pulled all of the stems off, and put more around the sides of the wreath....just depends on the look you are going for.

Materials:
14" Grapevine Wreath (3.99)
1 1/2 Faux Boxwood branches (7.99 (3.99 each 50% off )
Total for project: @$8.00 ($40 for 5 wreaths)
(Way less expensive than the other faux wreaths, and WAY better looking!)



Next

Pop the individual branches off of the main stem.


Then start stuffing them into the grapevine wreath.


Work your way around the wreath
(I added it to the sides as well to fill it out)


VOILA!
a VERY "real" looking wreath that I can use year after year. 
And it only cost @ 9.00 for each wreath! WOOT!
Off to finish the other 4...and my dear Husband will be hanging them outside this weekend...I will be sure to show you all the finished product!

Happy Friday..with lots of holiday decorating in my future!

6 comments:

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Love yours gretchen! Great job :)
Merry Christmas~

pretty pink tulips said...

Why, aren't you a clever little elf!!!!

Merry merry weekend!
Elizabeth

LiveLikeYou said...

So creative and so chic!! I'm afraid I'm terrible with Christmas decor, wish someone would just show up at my house and do it all!!!!

Nessa said...

That looks so real... $9!! What a deal!

Gretchen O. said...

So all wreaths are finished and ready to be hung on the windows with care:) Happy Weekend everyone!

The Buzz said...

These look great, Gretchen! Want to come work with us? Happy decorating!