Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pottery Barn-inspired Winter Wreath

Now that Halloween is over it's time to get in high gear for the holidays, so November is my prime holiday crafting time. If possible, I generally prefer to have all of my holiday-related crafting done before Thanksgiving. It helps with the whole "sanity" front I try to maintain. If I could, I'd do all my holiday cooking in July and my crafting in March. I like to enjoy the time from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. I actually enjoy Christmas music and decorations, going to holiday parties, wrapping gifts, and watching all the random Christmas movies on TV. I'm glad that Pottery Barn had their holiday catalog out before Halloween this year. It was very considerate of them to take my crafting insanity schedule into account. I was just flipping through the catalog when I saw this wreath:

Pottery Barn Jeweled Crystal Wreath
So pretty!!!!


And for only $70 you can have a 13-inch one! Hmmm. Yeah, I think not. I'm pretty sure I can make that for less than $70.

This wreath really appeals to me (in addition to being GORGEOUS) because of its neutral color and theme. I usually go with seasonal wreaths, in lieu of holiday wreaths, on my front door. So my winter wreath goes up from the day after Thanksgiving through the end of February.

So, in order to make some gorgeousness happen on my front door for less than $70, this is what I did:

I bought a wreath form at Michael's. I should have measured it, but I think it's about 14-inches or so.


Then I took it apart.

Using wire cutters, I just clipped off the inside wire ring and the outside wire ring. It was pretty easy because they were held by wire pieces that were just bent around them.



And painted it.
Well, I didn't actually "paint" it. I started this project and then realized I used all my silver spray paint on the curtain rods in my bedroom. So I found a silver Sharpie and used that. I just wanted to make sure that the front of the wire was silver, and not green, in case it would show through the snowflakes once they were attached.
For the snowflakes, I just went in search of ornaments. Knowing I would need about 12 (I ended up using 11), I tried to find snowflake ornaments that didn't cost a fortune. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to post about my $70 Pottery Barn-inspired wreath, which cost only $100.


The silver starburst ornaments at the top are from Dollar Tree. The snowflake ornaments in the middle are from Crate & Barrel (they were too cute to pass up) and were $3. And the metal snowflakes on the bottom are from Target. I think they were $2. So for the ornaments, about $25 or less. The wire wreath form was about $3 (I had a coupon). I can safely say, I made this wreath for less than $30.

After removing all the tags and string or ribbon from the ornaments, I hot glued them to my wreath form. I also used thin gauge floral wire to wire them securely to the wreath form. Since they were oddly shaped and they weren't being glued to a flat, wide surface, I felt that reinforcing them with a little wire wasn't a bad idea. So about 10 minutes later, I had this:



My wreath isn't as delicate as the original Pottery Barn inspiration. I had a hard time finding beaded snowflake ornaments that were less than $6 each. So, I just decided to select ones that I liked, within my wreath budget (trying not to go over $30). Right before I made the wreath, I got the new West Elm holiday catalog in the mail, and I think that may have led to my more mod-style ornament selection. I'm in love with those starburst ornaments and thankfully they had those babies at the Dollar Tree!

Here she is on my front door!

24 comments:

duchessofginger said...

Soooo purty!

poindextr said...

Gorgeous!! just love it - fabulous job :)

Susan said...

great interpretation!

Sheila said...

Beautiful!!

lakoczera said...

That is really pretty! I love silver for winter decorations!

Mandykins said...

Stunning! Great work!

Mandykins said...

Stunning! Great work!

Trish and Bonnie @ Uncommon said...

This is just so pretty! Thanks for joining our Home for the Holidays party! Happy Thanksgiving!

Amy Trexler Mantay said...

Thanks everyone! I love it and I'm hanging it on the door as soon as we wrap up Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night. :)

Mimi said...

This is an amazing project. I love the way it looks. I see these ornaments in the 99 cents store in my neighborhood all of the time.

The Craft-Arty Kid said...

Beautiful! It looks great against your black front door, really stands out.

Jill said...

How do you have the wreath attached to the door? Very pretty-job well-done!

Amy Trexler Mantay said...

I have a screw in the door (it's a metal door) that stays year round. I hang all my wreaths from it.

Kelly said...

I featured this on my blog.

http://www.herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2011/11/fabulous-friday-features.html

Please stop by and grab a button!

April said...

Awesome! I thought about doing this, but don't have room for another wreath. haha. Love the PB knock offs! I would love to have you link this up at my newly launched Handmade Christmas link party http://cupofdelight.blogspot.com/2011/12/link-party-delightfully-handmade.html

April said...

Thanks for linking up! I featured this today! http://cupofdelight.blogspot.com/2011/12/delights-of-week-features-from-link.html

Space 46 said...

I think your wreath turned out much better than the PB one! Wow! Love everything about it!

Space 46 said...

Your wreath turned out much much better than PB!!! Love everything about it!!!

Karan said...

Oh I love you version even better than the original. ( Maybe the price of the original scared me)

Great idea and really simple to do.

Karan

So Many Little Things said...

This is so great! I love it. You can use it for Christmas but leave it up for winter too.

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Your wreath turned out great! I had the same idea and design one myself, but I used flat ornaments. I like yours better because of the depth the ornaments give to it.

Unknown said...

I just came across this on Pinterest and I love LOVE your wreath WAY more than the PB one!!

Michele Cole said...

Love your wreath! I am featuring yours in my post today at http://betterorganizedliving.com

Anonymous said...

I have to say that I like yours better than the pottery barn one. Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try this out soon.