Thursday, 10 November 2011

Too Soon? Christmas Wreath

I know I know, it's not even Remembrance Day yet. But when the crafting bug hits, you just gotta go with it. A couple of evenings ago we decided to head on over to the Canadian Tire to purchase a sled for Lane before all the selection was gone - which totally happened to us last year. We were walking through the seasonal section and saw a pretty Christmas wreath made out of Christmas ornament balls.  Logan was really drawn to it and immediately I thought, we can recreate that! So here it is:
And this is the original one we saw at the store (actually it's a similar one from Amazon):
 And it costs $92! Ouch! Anyway, ours didn't even cost half that... it didn't even cost 1/8th of that actually. I bought a large bag of Christmas balls from the Thrift store for $3.00.  The balls were well loved so some of them were fading.  Who cares, just glue them on the fading side hehehe. We started by cutting out some cardboard.  We used the back of a box that we had in the recycling bin.  Then I let Logan paint the circle with the glitter paint that I won a few months back. Both materials - free!
Then I took a scrap of ribbon and tied it to the top for a hanger.  We let the paint dry and started hot gluing all the balls to the cardboard.  We even had some bells in there that were Logan's favourite.  So now when we open the door, the wreath jingles.
Then we took some Christmas ribbon that I saved from a present one of us got last year and tied and pretty bow for the bottom. Voila!
What a terribly crooked photo. I tried to take photos of the wreath on our front door, but the lighting was all wrong. I decided to take them on our backdoor.  But we don't have a nail in that door, so I held the wreath up and tried to take photos at the same time.  Obviously I didn't do a very good job. Here is what the wreath looks like on our front door this morning.
The morning light is hitting the shiny Christmas balls and making them so pretty.
Too soon to be Christmas decorating?  I always try to wait until after my birthday on November 24th and we certainly don't put up our tree until after Logan's birthday on December 11th.  But the crafting bug hit us and this wreath needed to be made. :D

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As always I love to share my projects with some crafty people:
Making It With Allie - What Allie's Making Now
Show Off Your Stuff - Fireflies and Jellybeans
Link Party #74 - Tea Rose Home
Lil' Luna Link Party - Lil' Luna
Tickled Pink - 504 Main
Friday Favs - Nap Time Crafters
Christmas Inspiration Party - Shabby Art Boutique

5 comments:

momipooted said...

That's so funny because I have a wreath similar to that on pinterest! It is made with a wire coat hanger and you just thread the balls onto the wire and then use a big ribbon to hang it. :) I rummaged through our local thrift store's ornaments and they're not very good and 10cents apiece. I can get a 100 pack for around 10$ brand new.

Kerryanne English said...

It's never too early for Christmas!!

I'd love for you to link up to my Christmas Inspiration Party at http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com

Maggie said...

Luv luv ornaments wreath.
Would luv for my readers to see this awesome idea, will you please join our weekly party at
http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-showcase-tutorial-with.html
Maggie
http://passionatelyartistic.com

Steph said...

I love this wreath! You figured out such a fuss-free way to make it too, and your materials were inexpensive and free. I'm particularly glad you used a cardboard backing rather than purchasing an expensive (and styrofoam...yuck) wreath form! Totally going to share this on my FB page.

kelly said...

It looks great and the fun is in the making. The kids look like they enjoyed making it.

Kelly