DIY Cedar Wreath
Sometime last year I saw a picture of a huge but very simple wreath hanging in a kitchen window for Christmas. I loved it and for the past year contemplated how I could do something similar this year. I didn’t want to just buy a wreath because 1. they’re so expensive, 2. I’ve never seen one as big as I wanted and 3. they look so… predictable. There’s a pinecone wired in the same place on all of them. (Not that I mind this, but it doesn’t induce me to spend money on them.)
And then the idea hit me. I went to Costco for 25 feet of fresh cedar garland ($14.99) and then to WalMart for two 32 inch hula hoops ($5 each)
A little bit of wire and here it is…
You’d never know there’s a yellow hula hoop beneath this beautiful wreath!
To make it, I simply laid the hula hoop on my table and put the garland on top of it. I wired the garland to the hula hoop every 8 inches or so. When it had come full circle I wired the ends together carefully and cut the garland.
I had enough garland to make two of them. One is hanging in my kitchen window.
In the kitchen I tied a simple red bow around the wreath, then hung a mirrored bird hook from the wall and hung the hula hoop on the hook.
The second wreath is a bit fuller because I had garland enough to go around the hula hoop almost two times. I added ribbons and a big bell to it, then hung it out on the front porch. I love walking through my dining room and seeing it outside the window.
These wreaths are nearly 36 inches across, much bigger than any fresh wreath I’ve seen for sale. I also like that they’re made of cedar instead of pine. It’s a nice change in texture, color, and I love the floppy way it hangs. It looks natural to me.
Two huge wreaths for $35.00. The ribbons, bell, bird hook and wire were all things I had in my Christmas storage. I love the way they look, and if the hula hoops hold up I’m using them again next year.
Hooray for an idea that worked!
I’ve seen huge wreaths around the blog-o-sphere and thought they were great. I love that you did it so inexpensively, because fresh greens can get pricey quickly!
very pretty. I love the fresh garland.