Friday, December 1, 2017

Store-Bought Wreath to Custom for Under $25

Happy First Day of December!
Today officially kicks off my advent; it's my mental cut-off to start Christmasing and stop decorating.   What isn't up after today, isn't getting put up.  In an effort to stop and smell the Christmas trees, I am determined to enjoy the season, without decorating bins laying all over for weeks.  
Does anyone else feel like it's way too close to Christmas, yet it's only December 1st??  
Deep Breath.  

Today I'm sharing a quick post on my rules of how to beef up a store-bought wreath to a custom cutie...

My front door deserved a new wreath this year.  (She is too lovely to have the old swag hanging on her).  I believe every craft store runs at least a 50% off sale right now and I went out in search of a plain-ish evergreen.  I scored one with pinecones and a bit of cedar-like greens for $15.00  at A. C. Moore.  It just lacked the eye candy I wanted.

Not bad, but not the best.

I bought several "picks" that are sold separately, also 50% off.  (I never did use the faux pinecones or the snowy one, so this was even cheaper).   

Now for my rules...

1.  Odd numbers only

I realized when I was putting this together that 
I always stick to the rule of decorating in odd numbers.  3's, 5's, 7's, etc.  
This goes for cake decorating, throw pillows, landscaping, and kids (in my case). 

 2.  Use the clock as a guide.

Work your way around the wreath adding the floral picks on the odd numbers.  Starting with 3 of one type of floral pick.  

  (I added the green pics on 1:00, 5:00, and 9:00).  

3.  Add a pop of color

Go back and add  3 different pieces with a color or visual interest at different odd "times" around the clock.  I added red berry picks at 11:00, 3:00, and 7:00.

Arrange the picks into the wreath and fluff the wreath around it.  Once you have everything where you want it, hot glue or wire them in.

The chalkboard sign was a Target Dollar Spot find from last year, but any cute sign or initial would do.

Now you have my odds only- clockwork method, go get odd!