Next, I used the advice from the tutorials, and bought some wreath forms as a base for my wreaths. I was surprised to see how much wreath forms are at the craft store, both wire and grapevine forms. If you're only making one wreath, it's not that bad. But I was trying to save money by making my own wreaths. So, I thought, why not go buy already made wreaths from Goodwill, then take them apart and use the wreath forms. And that's what I did. Boy did I find some real gems and for only 99 cents a piece!
I attached the pine branches to the wreath form using the green craft wire. I really liked the way it turned out. It is a little too bushy and unruly, but that's what I like about it. And I took some inspiration from Hooch's Holiday House, and used burlap ribbon to hang the wreath.
I also used this awesome little trick that I found on pinterest to use a Command hook, upside down, on the inside of my front door to hang the ribbon for the wreath!
I made one more wreath, without a wreath form, and using a different type of pine branch, and it turned out just as big as the first one. And slightly oval shaped...but I still have it hanging on my house!
Lastly, I tried to make a wreath snowman using the 3 different size wreaths that I made. While I think it is a cute idea, I don't think it's working out for me with the two different pines and the bottom wreath being so big. But maybe I'll try this idea out again next year!
Last, but not least, I didn't want the hard work of that Goodwill wreath to go to waste. So, I attached the santa clauses and gingerbread men to a sweater for Jacob to use for his Crazy Christmas Sweater Day at school!
Alright, I'm off to fight Round 2 of Sickness vs. The Janicki Family! Wish me luck!