Every time I walk through my favorite place in the world ( Target of course!), the seasonal aisle looks drool worthy. It could be the middle of spring or the beginning of the holiday season — you can be sure I’m going to want to purchase at least some of their seasonal decor. 99% of the time, it’s their seasonal wreaths that pull the most at my decor bug. Btw, decor bug is what I call my urge to buy Target decor LOL. There’s just something about a beautiful wreath on my front door that can just brighten up the look of a house. Well, for me in any case. A store-bought fall wreath can easily price up to about $50. Right about now, that’s just not in the budget with everything we’ve had going on this year.
In the last 8 months alone, I’ve had to:
- prepare for a deployment,[<—-ways to survive a deployment as a spouse]
- travel alone on the road with a toddler [<—-tips to survive your own trip ] to move back home to be with family
- road trip to Georgia for my husband’s graduation
and……. it’s only the beginning of September! We are on a pretty strict budget for the remainder of the year. My husband will be home early next year and I want to make sure we hit our financial goals for this deployment. As much as I really want to indulge in my love of Target’s decor, I had to take the DIY route for this year’s fall wreath.
Dollar Tree DIY Fall Wreath For Under $15
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DollarTree is one of my favorite strips of for blog decor projects, simple office supplies, food storage supplies, and more. Literally, one of the keys to our ability to travel often and spend our money on the indulgences is the fact that I mix up the places I shop at for the house. It was a no-brainer to check out DollarTree for this DIY for budget reasons and also because it’s my first real DIY craft project.
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!!Tip for Newbies!!
Don’t test out new projects especially as an amateur with high-quality supplies. Imagine if I would have shopped at Target or Michaels for quality supplies and my wreath came out crappy. I’d be pissed at wasting money ( I’m really cheap haha) and probably be pretty deterred at ever doing a DIY project in the future. Get supplies that you know you can afford to mess up without breaking the bank.
Fall Wreath Supplies
Btw, the supplies links are for the exact materials I used at Dollar Tree! You can order everything online and get started right away! Crazy, right? I definitely would have never though Dollar Tree had online shopping since their prices are $1 per item.
7 Bunches of Fall Flowers
Total Cost: $13
Supplies I Used From Around The House & Previous Projects:
I used red and orange to keep with the fall theme. But it really doesn’t matter what colors you choose as it will be hidden.
1 Cable Tie OPTIONAL
You can see the cable tie I used pictured later in the post. You don’t have to go out and buy a cable tie. We had leftovers from hanging garland on the front gate last year. I used it to attach the Home Sweet Home design. If you are attaching a sign and don’t have cable ties, you can use an alternative (ex. ribbon).
A pair of Scissors
Okay, let’s get started!
***Steps 1-4 pictured below***
A Two-Part Step
Cut 6 equal strips of striped mesh ribbon. I personally cut one strip and used it to measure for the other strips.
Take one stem and twist around one strip of ribbon. Continue step for remaining ribbons.
Attach ribbons to the metal wreath using stems. I twisted each stem twice around the metal near each section end. Set aside the wreath for the next step.
Measure and cut two equal strips of mesh tubing for each ring of the wreath. I eyeballed the length by placing the mesh around one complete circle to get an idea.
The mesh tubing is already split in two for each strip you’ve cut. Twist each strip ( like you’d do your own hair). Wrap a strip like a vine through each ring of the wreath. I started with the outward ring. At the end of each strip, I created a knot which I later cut.
If the strips you cut weren’t long enough, repeat the step until each ring is completely covered with at a strip of twisted mesh tubing.
***Steps 5-9 pictured below***
Once you’ve wrapped each ring in a strip of mesh tubing. Take the remainder strips and wrap each respectively around a ring. Basically, you are just doubling up each ring so you’d have two strips of mesh tubing wrapped around each ring-like vines.
Create a “bouquet” of at least 6 flowers in your hand. This helped me visualize how I want the flowers to look on the wreath. I took at least one of each flower type in the bouquet.
Stick the bouquet into the wreath and bend the stems to ensure they stay in place. Think of this as a rough draft while you’re still figuring out how you want the wreath to look. See below.
Decide the amount of “bouquets” you would like to place in the wreath. The idea is to make sure the wreath is symmetrical. I chose two — one on each side. Repeat Step 7 for the remaining number of “bouquets” you want.
Pin the mesh ribbons near your bouquets like a bow. I folded each side like a bow holding it in the middle with a finger, squeezed the super glue in the middle, and replaced my finger with the scissors. I counted to about 5-10 seconds before removing the scissors.
PLEASE DO NOT SUPER GLUE YOUR FINGERS! I know it’s so easy to get super glue on your fingers but try your hardest to avoid it. Definitely was a painful reminder for me why I haven’t used super glue in years.
By now, you should have an idea of what you want the remainder of your wreath to look like. I absolutely love flowers so I wanted the wreath to look full without looking overdone. Here’s how I did my wreath layout.
Big Bouquets: Left and Right
One to Two Flowers Near Remaining Bows: Up and Down. See below
Once you decided, place the remaining flowers into the wreath and bend it to hold it in the wreath.
TIP: Make sure your flower placements are near the wreath section ends( where you should have placed your ribbons – see Step2.
Turn over the wreath. Secure the flower stems into the wreath now that you’re certain of your wreath layout.
I was perfectly fine just intertwining the flower stems like vines. If you need more security for this wreath, glue the stems to the wreath/ mesh tubing to ensure the wreath is placed to your liking.
Repeat Step 9 and turn the remaining ribbons into bows.
Cut any material that’s sticking out or unneeded in both the front and back of your wreath. This includes flower stems sticking out from the back of the wreath, ripped mesh ribbon, knotted mesh tubing. Anything that doesn’t belong with the look of your wreath should be removed.
Take a look at the wreath and secure any material that has come loose. For me, some of the mesh ribbons didn’t initially glue so I had to
Attach the”home sweet home” sign. I used a cable tie pictured below and just cut the remaining part outside of the knot. If this is your first time using a cable tie, you slip the pointy edge through the square hole and pull tight.
Feel free to substitute this with a ribbon, string, glue, or some other kind of material to connect the sign to the wreath.
THE FINAL RESULT
Once you’re finished attaching your sign, you’re all done! I hope you absolutely love your fall wreath. I know, I’m in love with my wreath. There’s just something about seeing all of this color on my door that just makes me smile every time I see it. If you followed my directions exactly, your wreath should look similar to mine below.
What do you think? I think it came out pretty great especially since it’s my first time. Comment below if you ever made your own DIY fall wreath before? I’d love to see some pictures of how your wreath comes out!
If you’ve tried my DIY fall wreath method and have any suggestions for fine-tuning it, feel free to let me know!hyb
Until next time…..
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