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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Wreath

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Everyone is doing it. I know. I'm a joiner. Of course I had to TRY. But here's the thing. This is not the easiest craft everyone says it is. Seriously.

First you have to FIND a wire hanger. Thanks to a fantastic friend, and her NEED for wooden hangers, which turned into my NEED for wooden hangers, we had ONE wire hanger, in the entire house. And I'm pretty sure it was left here from a relative, because I found it in the guest room, in addition to about 345 plastic white hangers. Need a plastic hanger, anyone? Anyone? You won't once you go and get a crap load of these:

www.ikea.com  Bumerang, set of 8 for $3.99

On task, on task. Stay on task. I should list that as one of my favorite things. I think I will.

So, if you know me, I am a tiny bit OCD. Line-up-your-m&m's-and-eat-them-by-color-OCD. So, when I started this wreath I had to have a plan. I had no idea how many balls I needed, which totally bugged, but I went with it. Dollar store balls, and a few that I just had to have from Target and I finished with this:

So, I needed a plan - and I tried a few methods, big, little, medium...medium, big, little...until I found one that worked. It was big, little, medium.

But first, I spray painted the hanger, it was blue before:

Of course, this wasn't a regular hanger and it was thicker. Also, I had to wait for the paint to dry! Argghh. So impatient.
I also spray painted some of the balls because in the packs I got were some ugly brassy balls.

(Hey, there's that Give Thanks centerpiece again!)

So, I had to wait for those to dry too! So, paint then wait. Then glue the little hook piece of the ball to the actual ball. You really want to do this part! They pop off if you don't.

Then I wriggled the balls onto the wire, dropped a couple when the dog barked at the other dog, ran out to the garage grabbed a couple more from our tree collection and painted them. Waited for those to dry....wait, wait, wait....And that was it. You have to move the balls around and make things tight without breaking any of them, give it a little shake and a shove and there you have it. A gorgeous wreath. Swoon worthy. Not as swoon worthy as Edward....but, close...

If you look closely at the shiny silver balls you can see my reflection. I love that.

Does it compare?

Photo courtesy of Eddie Ross.

Oh, final note. Make sure that the door can close. Ummm....our wreath doesn't fit. Too fat. Can't close front door. The storm door gets in the way. Good thing we're safe in our little town, because I'm not taking this wreath off the door. Guess we'll have to sleep with the door open....


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Blogger The Smiths said...

YOU KILL ME!!! I am so adding this to my list of stuff to do SOON! I think I will make a red one with all sorts of reds in it. Can't wait to see what you do tomorrow...get on that "Family Rules" thing, will you? I already have that on my list, too!

November 21, 2009 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Clean and Classic Interiors said...

I love it!! I am totally planning on doing one with the same colors you did - and it's good to know your plan because the order would have taken me forever and a lot of dropped balls too!

November 23, 2009 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

This is AWESOME!! Just gorgeous.

November 23, 2009 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

beautiful! I have to make one of these!
you did a great job!
Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I made one of these too...but I like yours better! LOL! Love your colors!

November 25, 2009 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Erin A said...

This is fabulous! Great job! I was just scouting out ornaments for one of these myself today too. It's the cool thing to do apparently, the Christmas equivalent of everyone making chalkboard stuff, right? :)

November 29, 2009 at 8:05 PM  

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