| By Chelsea Swart |
It’s CHRISTMAS (almost)! My ultimate favorite time of the year is the holidays. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, I remember growing up being just giddy with joy, happiness, love and of course, presents.
I can already smell the Christmas candle burning while yummy cookies are baking in the oven… With all of the wonderfulness of the holiday, it can also bring on tons of stress – welcome to #adulthood!
From having perfect holiday decor – including nailing down the most Pinterest-worthy tablescape – to finding presents for all of your loved ones, it is an exhausting time of year! Throw in a tight budget and another round of new friends/family to buy for this year, and the a case of the bah humbugs sets in.
As for my husband and I, Christmas will be another one of our new adventures as a married couple and brand-new homeowners… You never really know the size of your house until you unload your small box of holiday decor from your apartment life.
So, for this year, I had to figure out a few creative ways to make the holiday decor I had in my head a reality, while also being conservative when it came to our monthly expenses.
Let’s get started!
Creating DIY Holiday Wreaths
Wreaths are a great accessory and a relatively easy way to add festive decor to any room in the house. Plus, with so many different ways to decorate a wreath, you’re bound to find (or make) one to match any holiday decor you may have.
Our Christmas decor theme has a very rustic/woodland feel to it with pops of red, browns, golds and greens. So, I wanted a new wreath that I could use around the house and to hang up on the front door to match our theme.
If you’ve browsed through some of the this year’s holiday decor in stores and online, wreaths can range in price anywhere from $80 to $200 plus, depending on the style. There was no way I’d be able to convince myself (event with a 40 percent off coupon) to spend that kind of money on a wreath.
So, off to Hobby Lobby I went in search of supplies to create my own. While shopping, I fell in love with these deep Merlot hydrangeas (my favorite flower), cranberrys, a burlap bow and antlers. I really wasn’t envisioning how I was going to combine all of these into one wreath, so that’s when I decided two was way better than one.
Once home, I laid out all of the materials purchased and began to assemble each wreath.
There really is no prep work involved in the process of assembling DIY wreaths other than taking off the individual tags and placing, and moving, and placing, and moving each piece until it looks the way you like.
Here’s what the wreaths looked like after I got them just right.
For the hydrangeas, the flower bunch at the top pops off of the stem along with each of the stems leaves, so I deconstructed those in order to have more control over where each bunch of flowers and where each leaf was placed.
Hobby Lobby has a wonderful aisle that I like to call “the wreath assembly aisle” that includes a ton of different flowers, stems and other cute accessories, usually seasonal, that are all on shorter stems, making it super easy to build a custom wreath.
I like to start with the larger items, like the flowers on the Merlot-Cranberry wreath and the pine leaves/pine cones on the antler wreath. For the other smaller pieces, it’s really just a layering process in between until you’re satisfied with the overall appearance.
Don’t be afraid to step back and admire your work, and to also help visualize it up on the wall/door.
Once I had both wreaths exactly how I wanted them, I heated up my hot glue gun and began adhering the loose pieces to the grapevine wreath base.
Not all of the pieces required glue, like the antlers and the pine leaves, since I was able to stick those through the grapevine, but several of the smaller pieces required glue in order to adhere. I also painted the wooden S in white.
Flowers and leaves always need a good amount of hot glue to adhere, and I usually go through 6-8 glue sticks for any wreath with flowers on it. You can see in the pictures above some of the gluing process.
And that’s it! Super simple, but what awesome results! Total budget for this project was $60. That’s $30 a wreath, so coming in way under budget of those already made wreaths!
Chelsea Swart runs the blog The Millennial Mrs, where this blog post originally appeared. The longtime Lake County resident offers tips, stories and personal lessons on her journey as a millennial wife.