I'm Janimal, happily gainfully employed Momma to a sweet girl. Livin' it up in Atlanta with a great husband and a good job. Sometimes I make stuff and here's my spot to show it off! Life is good, so I'm sharing....

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

$5 Spring Decor Craft Challenge Wreath

No picture for the stitchalong today. I will post one tomorrow!

I read about a nifty challenge here.

Basically, spend $5 (or less) at the Dollar Store and create a Spring Decor item. Participants are allowed to use some items they already have on hand. Post a tutorial, and link it to the site on March 25th.
(EDIT: Also entering in the CSI Project Challenge)

Here is my entry!


(Turns out I have no wreath hook on my front door, so here it is on the kitchen wall!)

Now, I figure there will likely be a bunch of wreaths in this challenge. For some reason, blogger peeps seem to really like wreaths. I just hope there isn't another one with this idea. Inspiration came when I saw a similiar wreath for sale in a fancy boutique store here in Atlanta. It looked so yummy with pretty bright candy colored curls and it looked perfect for a birthday party. The pricetag, however, not so perfect. I googled a bit trying to see if I could easily find other wreath tutorials that look like this, and was relieved that I didn't find any. I just wanted my entry to be somewhat original and not something that everyone had seen before over and over.

Here is how I made my version.

First, gather supplies.

Wreath form (My local Dollar Tree had 3 sizes, I bought the small and medium ones and decided to use the small one as I wanted to make sure I had enough ribbon to finish and stay under the budget) Curling ribbon (I bought too much), a pair of scissors, and hot glue gun. the rules say you can use your own tools and glue. This particular glue gun actually came from Dollar Tree also, and they sell scissors, so even if you don't have these items on hand, you could get them at the dollar store and with 2 spools of ribbon, still be under your $5 budget!

Cut your ribbon into pieces between 12-16 inches long and curl them. (I used my scissors, but I think you can buy little gadgets that make curling SO much easier.)

Don't forget to curl the tail. I mean, when you grasp the ribbon and curl it, the part you held will still be straight, like so:

(Ignore the bad manicure. Ick my nails are gross)

Curl that end also. Keep going, curl like mad! Be a curling fool! (Will Canadians be naturally better at this? Haha - we love Canadians at our house. It's a whole story. Some other time.) Then stop and admire your bunch of curls.

Ok, time to start glueing. For this step, I recommend having a cup of tea. Gather your supplies:

Mmmmmm. PG Tips is the best.
OK, back to glueing.

Twist a few pieces of ribbon together in the middle, like so:

Apply hot glue to the wreath and stick them on. Note: You don't need much glue.

(In order to protect my dining table from errant hotglue, I used the lid of a plastic storage bin as my workspace.)

Don't worry so much about how it looks at the glueing spot, later curls will cover it. Feel free to be messy.
Keep glueing more ribbons. Sometimes I glued 4 at once, some just 1 at a time, filling in and alternating colrs as I worked around the wreath. If you go in one direction, this is easier. I worked my way up the wreath, trying not to forget to glue some around the sides to give the wreath dimension. .
Stop every once in a while and admire your progress:

About half way through, sigh with relief that you are still on your first spool of curling ribbon and have not somehow massively underestimated what you will need and will be able to finish. Also realize you could have made the bigger wreath after all and wonder if you will ever get to it.

And there you have it! A pretty Spring wreath! I tied a piece of the non-curled ribbon around to hang.

In the end, I used 1 spool of ribbon and actually had a little left over. So this project was just $2 in supplies = a wreath and ribbon. Way under the budget! A bigger wreath would use more ribbon, but hey, the $5 budget has lots of room! If you don't have them onhand, you can also buy a glue gun and pair of scissors from the dollar store, and the total budget is still just $4.

I can see this wreath as a cute decoration for a baby shower, or with more colors of ribbon as a festive decoration for a birthday party.
I gotta say, completing this $5 challenge makes me feel like a million bucks. I love the wreath, and am so happy I actually figured out something to enter. (Being Jewish all the Easter stuff was off limits for me.) I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with!

Woo hoo!


  1. You did a great job! It's so funny that we both knocked off the same wreath without seeing each others' first!! Do you mind if I link to yours on my blog in the next week or two? There are a couple other girls that made one and I wanted to do one post showcasing all of them.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog & commenting...have a great weekend!

  2. Haha... bloggers do like wreaths! Yours is too cute! I'm itching for Easter :).

  3. What a great project! You are a clever and crafty girl. Happy Spring!

  4. This is so cute! I am so going to have to make myself one! Good job.

  5. I'm going to tuck this idea away. I agree I think it would be a good wreath for a baby shower.

    I was thinking you could use this idea with different ribbons and make a birthday wreath (neons or primaries).

    Just a thought! ;)

  6. Oh...now you have me thinking...I love this!!
    I can see this hung above a table horizontally like a chandelier for a birthday party.
    Maybe hang some stuff off of it...
    Fabulous idea!!!!

  7. this is adorable. Especially for a birthday party too!

  8. I love wreaths. And using stuff from Dollar Tree makes them affordable. Yours is a cute wreath.

  9. Very cool! So very festive! What a great wreath to put on the door when having a party. Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link! I hope you'll come join my link party some time.

  10. Very neat. Definitly a good idea for a baby shower or nursery.


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