I love decorating for the seasons and holidays, if no more than a wreath on the front door and a garden flag welcoming friends and family at the sidewalk entrance. I moved the wreath on my front door to my kitchen this summer, so I needed a replacement. I browsed Ebay and Michael’s, but I simply could not fork over $75 – $80 for a wreath. Not when I know they had about $10.00 worth of material and maybe an hour of time invested in the product. Problem solved, I decided to recycle a fall wreath that I had stored. It had seen betters days as far as the materials, but the wreath was in excellent shape. I like large wreaths on my front door, so the size was perfect.
I headed to the Dollar Tree last night, and purchased a string of leaves, flowers, pumpkins and gourds, and a scarecrow for about $8.00 and went to work. I removed all of the material on the original wreath except the moss. I wanted to have a filler on the wreath just in case I didn’t have enough of materials to cover it. I secured loose areas by re-gluing it to the grapevine with a hot glue gun. If you’re a crafter, a hot glue gun is a must.
Next, I hot glued the string of leaves onto the moss and filled in areas around the leaves with the silk flowers. I purchased 4 bouquets at a $1.00 a piece, 3 sunflowers and 1 of the orange. Next, I removed the stick from the $1.00 scarecrow and hot glued it on the wreath in place of the bird house on the original wreath. I than placed and glued the pumpkins and gourds.
Here’s my recycled wreath with $8.00 worth of material and 30 minutes of my time. It’s now hanging on my front door and I love it. What do you think about my recycled wreath? Do you think I should add a bow?