Transform a Thrift Store Wreath

I am a big fan of wreaths made of fresh greens during the holidays but I have a hard time opening my wallet year after year. This year, I am making a few wreaths myself. Here is a very basic wreath that I made this morning for less than $1. See below for instructions on how to do this yourself (hint: it couldn’t be easier).

Cost: 50 cents
Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy!

I started with a grapevine wreath that I bought at a Thrift Store for 50 cents (I’ll show you a photo of the “before wreath” below–I didn’t want to scare any readers off by posting it first. Yes, it’s that bad!). You could easily buy a plain grapevine wreath at your local craft story for around the same price but in my quest to re-purpose already used items, I constantly scour yard sales and thrift stores for items like this wreath.

I removed the flowers that had been hot glued to the wreath and as much of the glue as possible (didn’t spend too much time on this step because I planned to cover most of the wreath with greens anyway).

For the greenery, I used clippings from the arborvitae in our backyard because I didn’t want to clean up the mess from pine needles or get sap on my hands or the wreath. I simply pushed the ends of the clippings in around the grapevine. Because I plan to discard the greens in our compost at the end of the season and use the wreath again next Christmas, I did not use a glue gun to hold the greens in place. I also didn’t fully cover the grapevine because I personally like a bit of it peeking through.

Lastly, I tied a piece of ribbon leftover from a gift we received last Christmas and finished it with some artificial berries that were attached to a holly bush we were given on Thanksgiving.

There you have it! This is one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done and now I have something beautiful hanging above my kitchen sink.

Now, here’s your reward for reading the whole post. This is the wreath in its original form:

wreath1Have you ever transformed an item from a thrift store? Please tell me about it below!


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