Christmas is not Christmas without a wreath. In our house anyway! So, there’s wreaths, .. and there’s WREATHS!! Now, let me just start by saying, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a bargain wreath you can buy in the shops! BUT, did you know that with very little effort you can turn this “off the shelf” wreath to a gorgeous full wreath that looks like you’ve had it specially made for your home! And that’s exactly what we did on a Facebook Live. You can catch the video here if you want to look back at it.
How to transform a bargain wreath
Here’s what I started with ..
It’s a cutie and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. But, we can use it to “build” our own gorgeous wreath! I’ve been trying to remember where I bought this from, and I’m pretty sure it was Home Bargains. For a few pounds.
Next thing I used was this wreath. Excuse the picture quality! It was dark in the kitchen and this looks a LOT nicer in real life.
I bought it in Hobbycraft and was lucky enough to buy it in their sale for £2.50! (I KNOW!! .. bargain, right??!) But, even at the full price of £5 it’s a steal! You can find it here.
I found some Gonk ribbon in The Range which matched our little friend perfectly. I couldn’t see the exact same ribbon on line, but here’s a very similar one. Check out your local store, as they had different designs.
Similar to when I decorated my kitchen tree, I “weaved” the ribbon through the wreath. Create loops and secure them in place with one of the branches. Follow this process for the whole wreath. Don’t forget to check out the Facebook Video where you can see me do this! (And maybe give my page a “Follow” while you’re there?! – I’d be so grateful!)
Once the ribbon was in place, it was a case of amalgamating the two wreaths together. I pulled off the Merry Christmas sign and the gonk. They came off really easy. The sign had some wires which made it really easy to secure to the green wreath.
bye bye bargain wreath!
Can you believe the difference on how this looks?? All that’s left now is to fill up some of the gaps.
I used a pick from the The Range (or check out your local Garden Centre!). I can’t see the exact one on their website, but head over here to see what they’ve got on offer!
Even the pick I pulled apart and spread some of the decorations around the wreath. Like this pine cone and berries.-
And the robin, which came from the same pick. It just helps to spread them out so you get more for your money.
Finally I used some berries, pine cones (free craft material!) and red baubles to fill out the wreath.
Just tuck them in or wrap them around the wreath with some wire or pipe cleaners.
I didn’t even use any hot glue for this project, so if I want to change up the theme next year, it can be totally dissembled to create another look.
You can see how easy it was to give a completely feel to this Santa Gonk! So next time you’re out shopping and you see something, try and think about what it COULD look like.
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