Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you're enjoying the holidays, wherever you are and whoever you're with.
I've had a dream now for quite some time. I've dreamed a dream of a big, beautiful Christmas wreath for my front door. And I've dreamed of paying next to nothing for it! Surprised? But, alas, I just wasn't finding one, and I didn't have enough creative spark to see what was around me.
One day, I remembered seeing something on Pinterest--someone had taken an old foam pool noodle and shaped it into a wreath form. I had just one such pool noodle! We've actually had this blue one that has been more used as a sword than anything else, but it was starting to get beat up. So I confiscated it. You may think me selfish, but seriously...they had three other "real" swords to play with.
I was also recently walking through the garden center at my local Home Depot, drooling over all the natural wreaths they were selling--white pine, firs, boxwoods--and they were all so pretty. But I stopped and looked at the boxwood wreaths, thinking they were so pretty, and how I wished I'd taken advantage of some of the boxwoods at my old house to make one of these wreaths. Hey! Wait a second! I have these Variegated Pittosporum bushes in the front of my house that would make a beautiful wreath!!
It was all coming together. I just needed a bow! Enter Big Lots. I made a quick trip up there, found exactly what I was looking for (I paid LESS than $3 for the wire ribbon), looked up a bow-making tutorial, made my bow, took clippings from my Pittosporum bushes, made my pool noodle wreath form, and well...you'll see. So, I'll try and walk you through everything I did. It was so fun! And it was even more fun to see the end result!
- First you can either Google pool noodle wreath form, or search for it on Pinterest. Then you can also Google (or search on Pinterest for) DIY wreath bows. Find one that you like that sounds doable, and there you go. There are lots of good tutorials for these two things, so just go with one that you like.
- MAKING THE WREATH FORM: I took the pool noodle, and fastened the ends together with duct tape...lots of duct tape. You want to use PLENTY, because you'll be adding the weight of whatever foliage you'll be using.
- BUILDING YOUR WREATH: Once you've fastened the ends together securely, and you've gathered your foliage clippings, you can start inserting them into the pool noodle form, much like you would into floral foam. TIP: When I was gathering and trimming my Pittosporum clippings, I trimmed them so that the ends formed a sharp angled point, which made them easier to insert into the foam. I also made all of the clippings go the same direction--it was just a personal preferences, but you can make them look however you want.
- FASTENING THE BOW: After I was done filling up the wreath with the Pittosporum clippings, I used a paperclip to help fasten the bow to the wreath. I just unfolded the paperclip, bending the wire into a u-shape which I inserted into the base of the bow, and then poked into the foam noodle. I'm sure there are other ways, but that's how I did it, and it worked well.
When the wreath was finished to my satisfaction, I was so excited to hang it! And here it is...
Not only do I love this wreath, I love that it cost less than $3 to make! Using the pool noodle, I was able to make it as big as the form would allow. It was exciting to use things I already had on-hand, and I ended up with a much more customized wreath that I was extremely happy with. Here's another close-up of the finished product...