Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Wreathes

I just made this wreath for The Blog Tech's cottage this morning.

 Wreathes are so easy to make and lots of fun too.  Plus, they are much cheaper than buying pre-made ones.  This wreath is going to be on his front door close to a main street and the chances of it being stolen are high.  Therefore, I did not want to put much money into it at all.  I started with a plain evergreen wreath and added an outdoor ribbon bow, a few pine cones and some gold bling.

 I added one big green silk poinsettia, a few gold bulbs and some glittery green sprigs.

 As soon as the Christmas pics go on sale I buy them up to use for the next year.  I literally pay 25 cents a piece for them. I buy bulbs at the thrift stores where you can get them for pennies. This wreath cost about 13.00 to make.  The fresh wreath was 9.99 so you can see how little went into the decorations.

 A closeup of the Christmas tree just because I was passing by it.

 These retro wreaths are fun.  I made a bunch of them last year and gave most of them away.  I buy grapevine wreathes at thrift stores for around a dollar. Even if they have tacky flowers on them you can pull them off and use the wreath.  The thrift stores usually have bags of old tinsel garlands like the one I used here to cover the grapevine.  If you click and enlarge this photo, you will see that I used vintage ornaments from the thrift store.  Dollar store also have cheap garland and bulbs which work just as well.

 I made this one with red sparkly garland.

 Young adults seem to really like these campy, vintage looking wreathes.

 One year I made a simple red bulb wreath on fresh evergreen.

I always put one Santa on my tree.