Sunday, December 06, 2009

My Christmas Wreath

I stumbled on a beautiful wreath-of-sorts from Blue Cricket Design last week and knew I had to make my own version. As luck would have it, I had picked up 6 unfinished wood ornaments at Michael's for $0.50 each on Monday and hadn't quite decided what to do with them, beyond the obvious glitter-bath.

I had an old frame lying around from an earlier-this-year yard sale {among many yard sale frames I happen to have 'lying' around} and a quick coat or two of paint covered up most of the brilliant gold underneath.

Then I used a matte spray-on clear sealer (Krylon Matte Finish) to seal on the paint and the glitter on the ornaments.

THEN, this is where the true aha! moment came in, I remembered I bought wooden reindeer at JoAnn's or Michael's around Halloween for a mere dollar. A coat of paint, followed by a healthy dose of glitter later, and we have our very own silvered Santa's helper.

I adorned the besilvered 'deer with a tag and a sticker printed with BELIEVE, added a few rub-on flourishes, and a ribbon around the neck of the reindeer to secure the tag in place finishes it off. I've recently realized the supremacy of my hot glue gun. Nothing dries as quickly or holds as well or bonds as many mediums. I shrink in its awesomeness.
cost breakdown:
6 wooden ornaments: $3
wooden reindeer: $1
Ribbon: various on hand, cream bow was $2 in ribbon
paint: on hand
glitter: on hand, but I'd estimate about $5 in glitter {it's german glass glitter}
Krylon Sealer: on hand, but I think it was around $3
frame: $1
tag, rub-ons and sticker: free - given to me
total: $7-15, depending on what you have to buy {mine was $7}

Not too bad, right?

After an afternoon on the door, I've learned this: don't use paper on this project. My chipboard tag has curled from the winter chill and wetness. Tomorrow I'll have to remedy the situation. Not sure with what. Maybe I'll end up laminating it.

If you make/have made something similar, I want to see!


Erin said...

It's beautiful Chelsea!

Heidi said...

love it!!!!!! i need to get some kind of hook to hang wreaths... and ahem... still working on my advent calendar!! i haven't given up yet!

Chelsea said...

@Erin - Thanks for both the compliment and your help!

@Heidi - I can't wait to see your calendar! You better finish it!

Rebecca D. said...

Chelsea!!!! It looks awesome! I love that frame so much!The detail is perfect! I want that reindeer!!!Way to go lady!!!! IMPRESSED!

Becca @ Blue Cricket Design

Micah and Melinda said...

Oh sooo cute Chels! I keep waiting to see the bulb wreath you posted from last year!

Chelsea said...

@Becca - Thanks! And thank you for the inspiration. As for the reindeer, it was def. Michael's. And I would have been silly not to get it for $1, right! I only bought two and wish there had been more so I could build a large sleigh scene.

@Mel - check your inbox!

Becka Dietrich said...

Absolutely fabulous!

Miss-tearious said...

So cute! I want to make one! But I don't think I am doing any Christmas decorations this year... The month will be half over by the time I get them up, and I don't need to spend money I don't have. :-/

Kathryn said...

I like that it is not the traditional round wreath. It looks great!

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Super cute! I liked the idea on Blue Cricket but LOVE yours. Aannnnd, it just so happens that I have those same ornaments. :)