10.02.2009

Frugal Friday...How to turn a Christmas wreath into an Autumn beauty~

My front door was in desperate need of an Autumn spruce up. But my pocket book put the nix on purchasing a new Autumn wreath. So what's a gal with Frugal OCD* to do?
*Obsessively Consumed with Decorating.




Enter this old Christmas wreath, which was looking a little worse for the wear. Some of the berries had lost their red coating and were left as just little white styrofoam balls. Some of the "branches" were loose and threatening to drop off. But I looked at the wreath, and I saw possibilities...Autumn possibilities.

I searched through my stash of Autumn decor and found a bag of fake fall leaves that I purchased at the Dollar store last year. I grabbed my trusty glue gun and went to work.



I pulled off the berries that were now nothing but white styrofoam. I secured the loose branches. And then I just added in the fake leaves. I started with the largest leaves, gluing them into the largest empty spots on the wreath (making sure that they were all tilted the same direction.) After that, I added in the medium size leaves and finished it up with the smallest leaves. And that's all I did. But I was pleasantly surprised.



Now my sad Christmas wreath has a new lease on life, as an Autumn beauty. And my front door is thanking me!


Have a great weekend~

Edited to add:  Linking up to the fun at Rhoda's Fall Linky Party...

39 comments:

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Nice! Your door looks welcoming.

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

What a beautiful wreath!
I love the colors it really stands out now!

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Nicely done! It looks lovely!
Have a great day.

Charla

bj said...

Very nice...

The Whispering Creek House said...

And there ya have it! Well done!

Eileen said...

Loverly, just loverly!!

Eileen
http://ruralwisconsin.blogspot.com

Joanna @ The Casa said...

What a great idea!

Our really empty nest said...

Love it! And against that green door, wow!!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Very, very pretty! I'll remember this!

Sandy Toes said...

Wonderful door!
sandy toe

Songbirdtiff said...

Very pretty and such a simple solution!

Jamie said...

Very nice! I have a red berry wreath that is looking pretty sorry too. Now I know what to do with it!

Sherri S said...

Great re-use and fix-r-upper! Looks beautiful and a wonderful pop of color on your door. I love thrifty project ideas.

housewifeish said...

What a great idea!

I find the hardest thing is to save old wreaths.. no matter what I do they end up getting damaged. I think my plan from now on is to make the wreaths, then send them to good will!! Or attempt to sell them for a dollar or something like that.. I'd rather make a new one I thnk every season anyway ;)

Echo

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

you did an amazing job - it looks fantastic!

debi said...

Hi, I am new to this whole blogging world, just wanted to tell you how much I love yours!! It is like reading my fav magizines!! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. I'll be back for more! debi

Connie said...

What a clever idea - how do you think of such clever things. Mine if I copy it?

Lovely Little Nest said...

Fabulous! I will def try this ~ thanks :)

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW! This is truly gorgeous!

Many Blessings and Happy Fall.
Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Adrienne said...

this looks good! I've been known to re-paint the berries with craft paint and a sponge brush... easy fix too!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Connie...by all means, make one!! That's why I share my ideas with you all!!

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

Such a great idea, and it looks just beautiful now!

Janean said...

Beautiful! So like your OCD explanation! Too cute.

paige said...

perfect!

MamaBug said...

Lovely!!

me said...

so cute! now all i need are some leaves and a berry wreath!

Beth @ Spots On My Apples said...

This is such a great idea. I actually have an autumn berry wreath (orange and red berries) that was headed for the trash. It never occurred to me to just add some leaves! Thanks!

Amber said...

It's amazing how a little hot glue and some dollar store leaves can give your dying wreath new life! So festive for fall!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Brilliant! Smart chickie! cherry

steffany said...

I love this idea! thanks for sharing it.

Southern Fried Gal said...

Nice update!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Wendy,
I love it! It looks gorgeous now! :)

Thanks also for answering my question about the wool sweater. I am definitely going to give it another go, but maybe with a slightly less wool content and see if that helps. I'll let you know if it works, and link my "finished project" post to your blog! :)

Thanks again, and have a great weekend! :)
~Jenni

Emskyrooney said...

Fabulous! Quick question- does this kind of wreath hold up on an outside door ok? I always put my faux wreaths on the door from our mudroom to our kitchen but I'd love to put something prettier on our front door- it's exposed to the elements though!

Sandra said...

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Sandra

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Emskyrooney: You know, this wreath is on my front door which is exposed to the elements. It seems to be holding up well. You may want to ask me the same question at the end of the season though.
;-)

Kristi said...

hello wendy! i LOVE your blog and i am so glad i found you. i received an award today and i wanted to pass it onto you!! come to my blog and you can pick it up. thanks for sharing all of your decorating ideas with us!

have a blessed day,
kristi

JUST SIMPLY SOUTHERN
justsimplysouthern.blogspot.com

Connie said...

Good job! I think the wreath is happier sporting the autumn leaves!
Looks great on your door.

Jill said...

Looks great! I can't wait to spruce some of my old wreaths up.
-Jill

Amy said...

Very pretty!