The holiday season is a costly one, so I’ve been looking for ways to save money where I can. Last year my husband was deployed, so this will be the first Christmas our little family has together. I want it to be perfect! I understand, absolutely, that it’s not presents or a lot of bric-a-brac that makes Christmas a wonderful time…BUT…I’ll admit I have been enjoying putting decorations up and making our home “Christmasy.”
One way I’ve saved money is by putting together my own Christmas wreath for our front door. It’s not perfect, but I’m happy with the way it turned out!
I purchased a plain wreath from Michaels for $3 during a 50 percent off sale. I also used 10 small leftover ornaments from our tree and some extra gold fabric ribbon (on sale at Target) that I didn’t use up while wrapping presents. To secure the ribbon and ornaments to the wreath, I used ornament hooks that I’d purchased after Christmas last year at a discount. I estimate it cost me under $5 all together!
Click on Photos to Enlarge:
Here are my steps:
1. Fluff the wreath.
2. Determine how much ribbon you need.
*I did this by wrapping the ribbon around the wreath and placing the ornaments where I thought I’d want them.
3. Trim the ribbon. Leave some extra, if possible, for just in case.
4. Use an ornament hook to secure one end of the ribbon to the wire at the back of the wreath. Wrap the hook around the ribbon and wire, then twist the ends of the hook together tight.
5. Wrap the rest of the ribbon around the wreath the way you want.
*I’ll admit…this was difficult for me. I’m not super great at crafty things, and I tried for about 20 minutes, and I could not get the ribbon to look even, as you’ll notice in my photos. I finally gave up.
6. Secure the second end of the ribbon to the wire of the wreath.
7. Add the ornaments to the wreath. Secure them with the ornament hooks.
8. If you have enough ribbon, cut extra “tails” and secure to wreath with ornament hooks.
9. Use ribbon to tie a bow.
10. If you have a small piece of extra ribbon, wrap it around the center of the bow and secure at the back to make the bow more attractive.
11. Wrap the ends of two ornament hooks together.
12. Use this longer hook to attach the bow to the wreath.