DIY Wreath. Free!

Let's face it, times are hard...for most of us. I feel guilty spending even a dime on decorations knowing Christmas gifts need to be bought. The desire to decorate for Christmas becomes even stronger for me. Maybe every gift wanted will not be given but you can bet your elf ears this girls gonna decorate and decorate on a dime~First step was gathering up some free supplies. I knew I needed some greenery and what better place to find some than your "Home Depot"! I asked the sales clerk if I may help her out and take some of the tree triming scraps off of her hands. She was more than happy to help me out.Now dont be shy...help yourself! They will probably throw it out if you dont rescue it.I left it out in the rain for a day or two to help keep the branches fresh.I found a piece of scrap wood and cut out base for my wreath.I used some floral wire that I had on hand but if I had to buy some I would use green. It would be less likely to show on your wreath.I just snapped off a few good pieces and started laying them out and wrapped the wire around the wooden base.I repeated this step covering the wire as I went around the base.If you have pieces sticking out you can trim/snap them off later.It doesnt hurt to have a few extra hands/paws to help you out too~Isnt she cute!I just went right on along the base until all of it was covered.I then trimmed some of the "wild ones" off and hung it from a ribbon on my cottage door.

Another suggestion I might add...paint your wooden base green if you are worried about any wood showing. I didnt...I wouldnt...I like that it's not perfect. I also like the fact that it didnt cost me a dime and I still have a patio full of greenery just waiting to be made into something special...To be continued~

58 comments:

  1. I'm also doing things on a budget this year. I LOVE this! I would love some 'real' to go on my mantel just bc I have a fake tree. I'm really shocked they aren't selling the 'leftovers'.

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  2. Great idea and so many possibilities shape wise...I've gotta find a spot to make one for now!

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  3. P.S. That's the cutest dog ever!! She's so beautiful!

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  4. great idea indeed;-)
    xo

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  5. Susie,
    Great idea! I love your creative and humorous mind. :-) Sure those "fishnets" below aren't yours? Better yours than your hubby's!

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  6. How smart are you? I love it! Next time I go by the HD I will have to ask them for some greenery. Thank you so much for the tip.

    jenn

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  7. It looks great, but I have to know. Did the lady at Home Depot look at you like you were crazy? I think the folks at mine would..

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  8. Your wreath looks great and the tutorial perfect! Looking forward to seeing what you do with the rest of your greens :).

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  9. Susie,
    Your wreath turned out great. I love decorating with greenery that I find in my yard. Just today, I clipped holly sprigs to fill the two urns on my porch. I'm trying to be thriftier myself. Besides, fresh greenery really looks prettier.
    Great how to as well.

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  10. Great idea, Susie! I am on a budget and this is a perfect way to get a wreath.

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  11. What a FABULOUS way to get a free wreath!!

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  12. I love it! Now show us how to find the time to make it. I'm still staring at pics of your rosettes and stockings and trying to figure out how to whip those up in the next week. :-)
    Keep the inspiration coming!

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  13. Fantastic! Loving the rectangular shape, anyone will think you spent lots on it at some fancy nursery!

    Your dog is so cute. If I could afford the leather chairs I dream of for my family room I would have to borrow your gorgeous chocolate pup to colour match!

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  14. Susie - you're a genius.

    Jacci

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  15. Beautifully said and done. Keeping track of our pennies causes us to be thankful doesn't it?! :o)

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  16. Awesome!!! I get my greenery free too from the Lions Club Christmas Tree Sales! Love it!!

    Smells so good too!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  17. You are so creative and industrious!

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  18. Great idea. I will have to go hunting for some greenery in the park nearby.

    Ruth

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  19. Excellent! Beautiful wreath!

    I was filling the urns on the front porch this weekend with red bark dogwood ("borrowed" from a neighbor), red berries (purchased from the local nursery) and pine cones (gathered from the collection I've amassed over the years) when it occurred to me that some pine/spruce would be lovely. I looked out at the park across the street hoping to find something. I was sad when I walked back up to the house after finding nothing suitable. As I opened the front door I noticed the 80 year old, 50 foot tall spruce in our own yard!! I'm not sure how I missed it when looking for greens, what with it being the only tree in the yard, but there ya go! Three outdoor urns filled with $3.00 worth of berry branches and found items.

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  20. thanks for the tip about asking for scrapes. Looks beautiful,
    xo,
    LuLu

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  21. My husband use to make me wreaths just like this many, many years ago. I need to show him this post as a reminder! Great job!

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  22. what a great way to think outside the box. it looks beautiful. one year i went to the woods and just clipped and clipped until i had enough to decorate my house for a holiday party. the greenery is always beautiful

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  23. What a clever idea! It looks wonderful!

    Nicole

    www.sobeautifullyinspired.blogspot.com

    www.ourcountrychic.blogspot.com

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  24. Back years ago when we had Christmas tree lots...where they sold trees, I would pick up all the loose branches..made a ton of front door wreaths. They stayed looking pretty for a long time. I'd spray them down with water often.
    Thanks for reminding me about this..I'll go out to Home Depot tomorrow...

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  25. LOVE THIS! Anything free grabs me right away... you know, free chairs on the side of the road... free samples at Costco. I'm a sucker for free.

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  26. Hello Susie; What a great idea, love the wreath,,, I would never have thought to ask them to help get rid of left over tree trimmings...

    Have a great week.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  27. Susie,
    you are one clever lady!! I always use fresh greens around the house but never thought to make my own wreath. Great idea!!

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  28. I didn't know HD would let you do that! We have a Christmas Tree farm down here and last year for our Women's Christmas Party I asked the lady who owns it for some trimmings to decorate my table with. She wasn't thrilled but let me have it anyway. I think maybe this year I'll try HD or Lowe's first!

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  29. You. are. awesome. :)

    I found myself putting a LOT of things back on the shelf on Black Friday, particularly home decor stuff that I knew I could do without. :( It's hard, but it had to be done....

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  30. I love fresh green wreathes too and often beg for the trimmings at the tree lot near our home - they are happy to comply! I like that I get a wide variety of greens to work with and I just save my wreath forms from year to year, so my only cost is wire! My only tip - wear gloves! Baby oil takes off much of the sap, but if your hands are really dry like mine, you could be in for some lasting stickiness!

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  31. You are so smart!!!!!! I love the shape you chose and who would have known, HOME DEPOT!!

    I like the fishnet paper holder too!!

    Pam

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  32. LOVE it! Thanks for the tip! I may just have to do that! Yours looks so great!

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  33. Love the wreath Susie! Using what you have is what it's all about this year at our house! There will be alot of cedar showing up here at home and at our church. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Always love me some free decorations! Great job being thrifty AND creative!

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  35. Too funny. I went out last night and bought me some floral wire from Michaels. I am going to make one too using a coat hanger! Since I am in the middle of many projects I will make my wreath this weekend and post next week. BUT I had to comment on your dog. We have the same - he looks just like him! His name is Henry and he is such a sweetheart (except he steals food!)

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  36. I LOVE that it is fresh!

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  37. That's a great idea- I always wondered about those scraps- I will ask this weekend and hopefully score some!! :)
    I just love your puppy (Iday puppy- it doesn't matter if the dog is 12, it's still a 'puppy' ;)!! ) Mine looks just like yours(also a choc lab) and he is getting some pretty cute freckles on his nose!

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  38. What a wonderful wreath! And free to boot!

    I loved the harliquin wrapping paper in your last post....do you remember where you got it? And the fishnet stockings to wrap the paper - PERFECT!

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  39. Hi Susie, a very wonderful wreath. I can imagine the perfume around your home, how nice!!!
    Cariños
    María Cecilia

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  40. hey susie! love your wreath! yes, i too hit up home depot for thier free clippings! cant wait to see what you do with the others! xo

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  41. Looks great, Susie cutie! I also go & pick up greens from the tree lots every year. And today I was out in the woods clipping some near our neighborhood. Easy & free!

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  42. Clever! Very, very clever! And I think it's more fun to do things this way that going somewhere and paying big money for something. It's beautiful!

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  43. Looks lovely, and I bet it smells fantastic!

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  44. I don't know what is more adorable the wreath or your beautiful doggy!!! I am going to attemp the wreath. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  45. Susie! Love it!

    Every year I find new ways to use the branches we cut off the bottom of our tree (we don't have very high ceilings). This year is the year of the wreath. I think I'm going to light mine and hang it from the kitchen window!

    Thanks as always you smarty pants!

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  46. That is awesome!! Gotta love FREE!!
    Just got caught up with you, congrats on Houzz and love your screen boards. I saw something similar made out of an old window at an antique shop and loved it!!
    Elise

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  47. GREAT IDEA!!! I'm going to head to Home Depot this weekend to see if they need help getting rid of their scraps!

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  48. Susie, what a fabulous idea! Home Depot is right around the corner, I could even walk if I had the energy. :) I'll check this out, thanks!

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  49. Awesome Suzie Q! I just love your craftiness....where in the WORLD do you come up with these things?
    I really enjoy your blog every time I come to see you!!

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  50. Thanks to you Susie I asked last night while I was in Lowe's for "branches"- the guy was more than helpful, offering to load more & more into my cart. I can't believe they don't make wreaths out of them there, but their loss is our gain!!! ;)

    Thanks-I'm off to make my own wreaths and swags :)

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  51. wonderful Ideas....I will be doing this......

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  52. Hi Susie,

    Your wreath is great and even better when you get the supplies for free.

    Happy weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  53. i've actually done this for a couple of years now, they are happy to give them away. i was planning on going tomorrow!

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  54. Beautiful! Love easy, crafty and eco-friendly diy projects.
    Well done!

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