I mentioned in my post on housewarming gifts about how serious the wreath game is in our apartment complex. And, as you all know, I’m not one to spend much money. I’m always looking to save a buck. So when the time came to revamp our wreath, I couldn’t help but think about things I had that could be easily reused or re-purposed.
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Now, I’ll say, we’ve been rocking a grapevine wreath for well over two years, but it’s so versatile I just can’t part with it. I grabbed this thing on clearance at, quite possibly, the coolest store ever: Jungle Jim’s outside Cincinnati, Ohio.
Haven’t been there? Make a trip; it is so worth it! I recommend the hot fudge cake in their bakery.
Anyway, the wreath was cinnamon scented and cost $2. The smell has since faded but the appearance is still great.
Even at Christmas, I just wrap that grapevine wreath in cheap garland, slap a sparkly “Merry Christmas” sign on it and call it a day.
I knew, though, that I needed something a little more impressive this time around. And, being that frugal Mama you all know and love, I started eyeing the nature around our complex and quickly developed a plan.
I trekked into the woods and snapped off a fresh magnolia branch. It’s still too early for blooms, but the leaves are a nice, waxy green.
I still wanted to feature the beautiful blooms, so I went on a search for the cheapest faux magnolia blooms I could find.
Purchasing the Rest
I tried Michael’s, and despite their floral collection being 50% off, they still rang in at $7.00. No, thank you!
Off to the Dollar Tree, which is conveniently next door to our Michael’s. Nothing. Not a single magnolia bloom to be found.
By this point I was defeated and ready to choose something else, until I wound up at Walmart one night and strolled right past a $3 sprig of magnolia blooms that looked identical to Michael’s expensive one.
So, now I’ve got a grapevine wreath, magnolia leaves and faux magnolia blooms. I still needed something to give it that ‘pop’ and really make it stand out. Enter Pinterest.
I had been searching for wreath suggestions for some time and I kept coming across wreaths with wooden, scripted words on them. That sounded like a good enough plan to me. Off to Hobby Lobby where I found a wooden, scripted sign that read “hello.” Perfect, and at $3.99 and 40% off, it was a great deal!
My Crafting Stash
I dug through my craft supplies and found a nice, acrylic, peach paint to give the top of the wooden sign a pretty color.
My trusty glue gun was key in the creation of this wreath. I used two faux magnolia blooms and several leaves, all of which were strategically placed before being sealed in place by gobs of steaming glue.
[If you like, you can Mod Podge the leaves so they’ll stay fresh longer. But, from what I read online, others had luck with keeping them green and healthy for several months. At that point, they were either ready to revamp their wreath, or replace the leaves.]
I used some more hot glue to secure the “hello” sign, tied a piece of floral wire around the back to hang the wreath, and called it done.
Total Expense for my Magnolia Wreath
If you’re keeping score, this project cost me:
- $2, Grapevine wreath (purchased several years ago)
- $0, Magnolia leaves (taken from my apartment complex’s woods)
- $3, Faux magnolia blooms
- $2.39, “Hello” sign (after 40% Hobby Lobby discount)
- $0, paint and glue gun (already on hand)
In total, we’re talking about a $7.39 (+ tax) wreath. Compare that to a $40 one on Etsy.
The best part: once all the supplies were purchased, this wreath only took about 15 minutes to make. I call that an easy, inexpensive magnolia wreath. Talk about ‘wowing’ without the effort!
What items do you have around your house that can be repurposed for decor? Tell me in the comments below.
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