Jazzing Up a Fake Wreath

The house we are renting has a double front door. Cool, right? I have been very proud of myself for resisting the temptation to paint those things. Anyway, I don’t have two wreaths, let alone two matching wreaths, so I was on a mission to somehow dress up those front doors this holiday season.

My first inclination was to buy a fresh wreath. Well, they were more than I wanted to spend. Big, surprise.

Then I saw a fake wreath at Target and they wanted $25. For a fake wreath! Sheesh.

So, I went to Hobby Lobby and their Christmas stuff was 50% off. I found a fake wreath for $5.00, originally $9.99. Now, it was a little fake looking. This picture actually makes it look better than it was.

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While I don’t have any fir trees in my yard in Georgia, I do have some bushes that remind me of cedar. (I apologize to all of you folks out there with green thumbs. I do not know my plants.) I also have oodles and oodles of pine cones.

So, I went out and gathered up some pine cones of similar size and cut a bunch of fresh greenery.

Here’s how the wreath started to transform.

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I thought it could use a little more jazziness though, so I kept adding greenery and a third pinecone to each wreath. Three pine cones – things are getting wild over here!

Much better, right?
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I used floral wire to attach the pine cones. Then I got really technical with things and just shoved the greenery in there willy nilly. I do willy nilly and imperfect very well.

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The wreaths have been up since Thanksgiving weekend and so far, so good. Knock on the front door wood.

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The burlap ribbon also came from Hobby Lobby. It was on sale for $3.00 and I had enough to make bows for two wreaths, plus some extra.

I’m sure there is a proper way to make bows, but I haven’t learned it yet! I tried my best to make sure the bows were of similar size and character and attached them to the wreath with floral wire.

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I thought they looked pretty good for a grand total of $6.50 plus tax each!

See, even my assistant agrees.

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So, that’s the story of how I tried to make my fake $5 wreaths look like they weren’t fake $5 wreaths. Now all that’s left to do is break the news to my husband that we’ll be adding one more box of Christmas decor to the storage area to hold those wreaths. More Christmas boxes make him so happy!

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