Monday, October 25, 2010

I know it's a little early...

...but I made a Christmas wreath this weekend! My mom and aunt were here visiting and we wanted to do a craft project. I took this as an opportunity to make the Christmas wreath that has been floating around in my head for a while now! The project seemed simple enough...I wanted to make a square/rectangle shape covered in green sheet moss and embellished with a few holly berries and ribbon. Well, the square/rectangle form proved impossible to find!!! So, I was very frustrated to say the least. I am one of those people who freaks out when something doesn't work out exactly as I planned! I refused to make a round wreath just because I could not find a square form and then...I had an epiphany. I would use....a picture frame! Genius, huh? I figured and 11x13-ish size would be good and was about 90% sure I had one in the garage somewhere. The problem was finding the thing. I happily found one behind the armoire in my room complete with a matte that made it just the width I needed.
Then, I covered the whole thing in brown packing paper to make a uniform surface for the moss to adhere to.

Now the moss... Ahh, the moss... (Enter problem #2 for the wreath project.) I found the sheet moss at Hobby Lobby, but it was a bit more than I wanted to pay for this project. I mean, the whole point of me making the wreath was to save money. The moss was going to cost between $16-$20, so I found some reindeer moss at the Dollar Tree and only spent $4 instead!!! (I actually bought 5 to make sure I had enough but I only used 4 packages.)

This moss was not the flat, sheet moss that I wanted but I liked the price so I got over it. It gave the wreath a different look than what I wanted and was much harder to work with, so I decided if I had to do it all over again, I would wait till the moss was 50% off at HL and get the moss I really wanted. I only recommend using the reindeer moss for this project if you have lots of patience! (And don't mind the more 'fluffy' look that it gives the wreath.)
I didn't get any pictures of the gluing on the moss process (probably because I was covered in moss and trying not to lose my mind!) LOL But, basically I just hot glued small areas at a time and globbed on the moss. It was a tedious process & I had to go back and fill lots of bare spots but I finally got it covered. Then, I added some holly berries I also picked up at HL and a red bow. Some red ribbon for hanging and it was finished!

I am looking forward to hanging it the day after Thanksgiving ;) And hoping that birds don't destroy it by stealing the moss for their nests! lol
Oh! I forgot the best part! The wreath only cost about $9.50 since I already had the frame and thanks to my Dollar Tree moss!!! If I would have found the ribbon at the dollar store as well, I could have done this for about $7 including the paper I used to cover the frame. I was excited since you can't really get a holiday wreath under $20 and usually they are much more than that!

I'm linking up to Polly Want A Crafter's linky party here and The Thrifty Home's Penny Pinching Party here!

Also, Young & Crafty's Free for All party!


  1. It looks so great. I love the square wreaths, but like you, I don't think I'd want to pay that much for the sheet moss. Since Patience and I only have a nodding acquaintance with each other, I'll stick with enjoying your creation!

  2. Love this! Might have to add it to my Christmas decor to-do list!

  3. Oooo! I love it! I really like that it is square! You wouldn't think that when you think a wreath!

  4. I just found your blog (linked over from ThriftyChic) and I love this wreath. I will be making one this weekend!

  5. Awesome, Leanne! Let me know how it turns out!

  6. THIS turned out awesome! I love it and just might be making one for my front door or somewhere in my house!!

    I'm so glad you stopped by and linked up to the Free for All party!

    Hannah @

    P.S. Thanks for grabbing my button :)

  7. This is such a great project! what a creative way to use a frame.

    I'd love to have this linked up to my first ever link party Hooray for the Holidays! over at Cross My Hooks.

    I am popping by from Free for All @ Young & Crafty :)

  8. WOW! that turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing this great ideas.
    Stephanie {}

  9. IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS! I love the square wreath! SO creative!

    Thanks for sharing!!! I'd love your input on my crafts!

  10. Love it!!! i think it turned out fabulous!!! Aren't you more proud of a project after a struggle?... And it turns out fantastic!!! going to go dig out a frame and head to the dollar store!! Thank you!!!

  11. thank you so much for posting this! It's fabulous and so unique! love!

  12. your wreath is so pretty! Fabulous idea!

  13. I love this, it's gorgeous!! You did a fantastic job :)

    I featured your wreath on my blog today, feel free to stop by & check it out.

  14. Great job! I love a rectangle wreath...I wonder if spray adhesive would work instead of that glue gun?


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