After a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend spent at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and enjoying great food with friends, I was feeling festive and wanted to create something in the spirit of the holidays for my house. I’m not particularly crafty. As a matter of fact I don’t think I’ve ever actually successfully made anything. My mind is pretty creative though. I have tons of ideas swimming around in my head for things to hang on my walls, curtains to hang over my windows, and ways to add meaning to the things in my home, I just don’t always know how to make it come to life.
For some inspiration and how-to tutorials, I went to pinterest of course! I decided that a homemade wreath was a great place to start. I’ve always wanted to hang a holiday wreath but I always cringe at the prices for pretty wreaths in the stores. I figured I could find something fun and try to make it for less that $25!
These were my two inspiration wreaths:
I liked the look of the twiggy wreath on the right, but Travis didn’t like the colors of the yarn. So, I found the second wreath (left) for color/arrangement inspiration.
Off to Michael’s I went, armed with inspiration and a desire to stay under $25. Since I’m not generally crafty, I needed to buy everything for this project. I decided on a couple of different colors/textures of yarn, two different sized Styrofoam balls, and a medium sized twiggy wreath. Travis is a weird guy and already had a glue gun with the little glue stick things. That was a bonus! I also picked up a container of bells and a couple of twigs with berries and pine cones.
First up I had to make all of those little yarn balls. Since, again, I’m not overly crafty, this took some trial and error for me (and my awesome helper)! We discovered that you basically just have to wrap the yarn randomly around the Styrofoam for it to “stick” to them and pull the yarn as tightly as possible around the ball as you go.
To assemble the wreath, I basically just used a hot glue gun to hot glue various yarn balls into place and then I filled in the extra space with a little bit of greenery, berries, pine cones and a few festive bells.
Here’s an in-progress (about half way done) shot:
And the finished product:
For my first attempt at craftiness I think I did a pretty good job. I now have so many additional ideas swimming around in my head for other small ways I can make the house look festive for not a lot of money! Speaking of money – I think I came in under budget. My receipt at Michael’s said I spent $32. However, I spent $5 on Christmas ornaments and technically I didn’t use all of the bells, styrofoam balls, and I didn’t come CLOSE to using up all of that yarn. So – I think I’m under $25 AND I have some leftovers to decorate other places in the house!