Projects

Making a Wreath with my Lovely Niece!

It feels like ages ago that I made my pretty fall wreath project, and with the nice spring weather I thought it might be fun to make another wreath, this time with the help of my 4 year old niece, Lydia. I chose bright pink, purple, white and orange flowers, as well as pink ribbon to wrap around the wreath. Lydia’s favorite color is purple, so I was sure to get plenty of purple-colored flowers!

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First, Lydia helped me by cutting strips of ribbon to hot glue onto the wreath form.

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Then, she helped by pulling all of the flowers and leaves off of the stems, placing them in separate piles. I cut off the extra bits of stem while she was working on pulling.

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“This is going to be so pretty!”

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Next, I asked Lydia which flower we should use, and where we should put it. I put some hot glue down, and she placed the flowers. I had her push gently so she wouldn’t burn herself, and then secured them more as necessary. For the leaves, I had her hand me the leaves and point to where I should put them because they were thinner than the petals (once again, I didn’t want her to burn her little fingers!).

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She was super excited when we finished!

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A pretty girl, and a pretty spring wreath!

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We practiced hanging the wreath around Grandma’s house, but Lydia insisted, “It’s going to look even better in my room though, right.” I answered, “I’m sure it will!” Even little girls can help make big girl projects 🙂

Projects

Pretty Fall Wreath Project

I’ve been thinking about ways to make our new house a home, and I thought one good way to do it would be to have a nice Autumn wreath. I was pretty surprised to see how expensive seasonal wreaths are at most stores, and how making your own can end up being a pricey endeavor, too. Luckily, I found a few ways to cut the price down and still end up with beautiful results, all the while enjoying myself as I put it together.

Firstly, I used a 50% off coupon at Hobby Lobby for the wreath form. Hobby Lobby has an app that will always give you a coupon code to use for a discount. I got lucky and managed to hit Hobby Lobby when they were having a 50% off all ribbons sale, too, so I went ahead and bought a color I thought went well with my Autumn theme.  I was shocked to see that at most craft stores a single bunch of artificial flowers will often cost $5.00 or more, so I ended up purchasing my bunches from the dollar store, cutting down on the overall cost of the project dramatically.

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The first step was laying out the flowers in clusters I thought looked nice.

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After wrapping the ribbon around the wreath form, it was time to add flowers.

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After adding a bunch of flowers, I asked Chad for feedback, and he said he thought it would look even better with more leaves. I had to run to the dollar store and get some more (as well as more hot glue gun sticks!), and though I forgot to take a picture of this step, you can sort of see the nearly finished wreath behind my husband and his mother’s spoiled dog Simon 🙂

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I think he knows he’s spoiled!

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After adding the leaves and ensuring there were no strands of hot glue residue, I was finished with my wreath. I think it turned out really well, and am happy to cross the project off my Autumn Bucket List. You’d never guess that the entire project cost less than $20.00! Have you ever tried making a wreath? Do you have any tips?