I love thrift stores. I love finding treasures to call my own, I love the low prices and I love giving my money where it might be used to better the community. So, this season, when I saw the MASS of wreaths hanging out at the local thrift shops, I had to buy (at least) one.
It was a medium sized green artificial green wreath. Bonus, it had a string of white LED battery powered lights pre-strung on it. (This is huge because I like to have lighted wreaths, and I like them on my front door. The battery opperated lights make this possible)
So, after a trip to the dollar store to spruce it up- I ended up with a LOVELY wreath.
How It Was Done:
- After purchasing the wreath ($3.00), I headed off to the Dollar Store and I picked up a string of plastic silver bells, a large silver jingle bell, and a large glittered star (additional $3.00).
- At home, I carefully fluffed up the wreath, untwisting and unbending its metal "branches."
- I cut off a length of the silver bells and fiddled with them until they hung in a pleasing way. Then I glued them to the back of the glittered star using hot glue.
- Similarly, I cut off another length of the bells and used wire to attach them to the large jingle bell.
- One the glue was sufficiently cooled, I used a light gauge silver wire to fasten the large jingle bell (with plastic bells attached) to the bottom portion of the wreath.
- I then used another length of wire to secure the large star to the top of the wreath.
- Voila! Here are the results. The whole transformation took max 15 minutes. Pretty great for $6.00! I did attempt to incorporate a bow made with my bowdabra- but it ended up just looking like too much on the wreath at once.