Since I'm practising thrift, gift, reworked and found this year, I thought I would give it an overhaul.
This is the before. I chased the bad cat, Maeve, out of it ~
Then the good cat, Sarah, got in it ~
Then, they both started eating it. Like this wreath hasn't had enough abuse?
Everything I tried as trim looked odd on such a
I had three small rolls of wired ribbon that I picked up at Michael's for $1.00 each and a large roll of ribbon that I picked up somewhere for under $5.00. Several years ago, I bought a Bowdabra at Michael's for $17.00. That seems like a lot of money but I've used it a zillion times decorating client homes and tour houses at Christmas. I also have the most excellent bows on all my gifts! You have to get one of these things!
It's easiest to spool all the ribbon off the roll. I started with the large roll, moved on to the two small rolls of brown and used the orange roll for the centre, decreasing the size of the loops as I went. It was wired to the wreath with florist wire (another essential for seasonal decorating) and I tucked four dollar store silk maple leaves in behind it. The total cost was $9.00.
This is the finished wreath ~
That led to washing the siding, window cleaning, cornstalk cutting and a general frenzy of filling baskets with pumpkins, grapes and flowers! And, that's just the start of what I will put myself through this season. It's all okay, though, because this is my very favourite time of year to decorate!
Decorator tip: When working with outdoor spaces, you need to "go big or go home". This is going to be viewed from a distance and little things just look like clutter. Fifty little garden ornaments don't have the impact of one large one. If it's going to be a bow, make it as large as you can!
Here's the start of the harvest themed front porch ~
Try not to envy my undersized, corroded exterior light. I want to have the porch made into a sun room and the light fixture will become redundant. In the meantime, I simply don't look at it.
Have a bowutiful day!
ps ~ Since you all liked the wreath revamp so much (thank you) I put it on the linky party at No Minimalist Here. Great site!