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$5 Fall Wreath Makeover

You know I love 'making do' with what's already on hand... 
here's another 'Fast, Cheap & Easy' TM project that does exactly that!
Follow along and I'll show you how to take an old wreath from flab to FAB
[and remember, these tips would work for ANY season]
 my mom had this fall wreath stored in the garage. she's used it for years, and it's okay.
she bought it on clearance at Target
[yeah, the nut doesn't fall far from the frugal tree around here!!!]
but i knew i could make it better, and look exactly like the ones we saw over at a swanky store. 
she was eyeballing those wreaths over there and i could tell that she wanted one...

so i simply MADE one for her instead, by making over the wreath she already had.

continue reading to see how EASY it is to freshen up an old wreath!
 i enlisted one of my TOP TIPS as a stylist: cheap fake foliage. 
 yep. i went to the Dollar Tree and bought some stems of colorful fall fabric leaves for a buck each. 
mom had a few larger branches of dull-colored leaves that i mixed in, too.

here's what you need for this project:
scissors and wire cutters [scissors cut through the plastic stem, then wire cutters snap the wire inside]
branches/bunches of fabric leaves, flowers, whatever you want to use
an existing wreath

you can start with a new bare wreath or strip a wreath completely down and start over, of course, 
but i'm just showing you how to 'pump up the volume' of something you already have on hand.

spread the branches of leaves out on the Dollar store bunches, 
and slide the leaves up toward the ends of each branch.

cut all of the small branches of leaves off of the larger branches, as shown here.
leave @5 to 6 inch stems on them.

you'll end up with a large supply of short-stemmed leaf bunches.
choose one type of leaf to start with - i selected the dull brown leaves to use first, 
because i wanted them to be in the 'background' of the arrangement.

simply begin inserting the stems right into the existing wreath at regular intervals
[think of it like a clock, and insert them at 12,3,6, and 9...etc.]
by pushing the stems into the wreath structure, they should stay in place with no problem.
[you can always add a drop of hot glue if you are worried about windy conditions, etc.]

when you tuck them in, nestle them behind the existing foliage as shown here.
continue around the wreath until you have used all of that type of leaf. 
you'll have a balanced arrangement working with one type at a time.
this first step has already filled out the wreath, making it more lush and abundant

now take the brighter, more vibrantly-colored leaves and insert them into the wreath
place them closer to the front of the arrangement, right next to the existing flowers, etc.

again, place them evenly around the wreath
[at 2,4,6,8,10, and 12 on the clock, for instance]
this helps to keep the wreath's rounded shape intact as you work.
after adding the additional leaves, the wreath looks three times its original size!
 for just a few dollars, we've revamped an old wreath
and made it fresh and new
(and just like something that costs $125 at a swanky garden shop)
i love that!
 that's a pretty big improvement over the sparse twiggy 'before' shot, don't you think?
and yes, you CAN do this with REAL leaves, too! [read that as FREE LEAVES]

here are some great ideas for using wreaths in fresh new ways:

* lay them on a table as a centerpiece -

with a candle, cloche, bowl, or pedestal in the center.

* sit them on top of an urn or planter, then nestle a flowering plant in the center.
makes a beautiful 'collar'.

* use them as a 'tree skirt' for a small holiday tree.

* loop them over the bracket of a wall-mounted lamp

* hang them in multiples - connect wreaths together with beautiful ribbons

and hang vertically or horizontally

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  1. Oh-It looks great and a lot different than when you started. It is lush and lovely! xo Diana

    1. Thank you so much, Diana - it's really EASY, I promise!