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Thanksgiving DIY Wreath

11.15.2009
When I read the first week's theme of the NewlyWoodwards blog party-Dare to: Be Thankful- I will admit that I was totally stumped. Sure, I had tons of great ideas for future weeks but for this one I had nothing.

Dare to DIY

I have fall decorations out but really none of them are DIY and nothing is really spectacular. But lucky for me Martha came to the rescue with this easy and pretty wreath. I am loving the finished product and it completes my dining room decor. Just in time for Thanksgiving....

Best of all it was super cheap-under $7. I would write out the how-to step by step but Martha does such a fine job that I will direct you to read it here.

Of course I did not follow her directions exactly. Instead of all craft and gold paper I used a couple of colors. Some were metallic cardstock and others were scrapbook paper. Here are my colors (in addition to the craft paper) cut into squares:
In addition to the partial roll of craft paper, I used about 8 pieces of colored paper.

Also Michaels does not carry the 2 wire wreath form, so I bought this and it worked great-

Finally, Martha tells you to attach the leaves with a stapler. I started this way and it could be because my wreath form had more wire in it, but I was struggling to get the staples to close. So I would have to staple a leaf on and then flip the wreath over to manually close the staple. This was not fun and I kept stabbing myself. So I switched over to hot glue (so then I could burn myself) and this method was a lot easier as well as allowing me a lot more flexibility in leaf placement.

After I started, I compared my partial wreath with Martha's and realized that my leaves were too far apart.
It was so easy with the hot glue to go back and fill it in.


I love the finished product and how it looks hanging on the simple orange ribbon in our dining room. I am also to happy to report that is very sturdy as it got dropped twice during the hanging process and still looks great. Thanks for the invitation to the party and come back for next week's theme-Dare To: Entertain. I can't wait to see everyone's projects!

Also linked to It's So Very Creative @ It's So Very Cheri
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25 comments on "Thanksgiving DIY Wreath"
  1. I love it! Your wreath looks great! I love it hanging on your china cabinet. I think you have more patience than I do, though- I can't imagine cutting out all of those leaves!

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  2. Paper crafts are my favorite! Your wreath is so pretty with that orange ribbon, and I like that you went with colored leaves.

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  3. Your wreath looks great, Jenny. You made it look so easy! What a classy finished product!

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  4. The wreath is so pretty... love it hanging on the cabinet with the orange ribbon!

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  5. I want one! It looks fabulous! I like the look of wreaths without gobs of stuff hanging off of them (aka fruit, massive bowes, little wrapped gifts), and this has a really nice clean look. Yet, it is colorful. Nice job.

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  6. That is so chic. Martha is a fab helper isn't she? I love that it was so inexpensive, but looks so posh.

    Thanks for joining up.

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  7. Love this! I think we were challenging the same thoughts with the orange ribbon, I used the same color on my wreath. I love the leaves, everything looks great!

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  8. I love this project! I had never thought of hanging a wreath from the china cabinet either, great idea!

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  9. What a great project! I can't wait to try it out!

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  10. Your wreath turned out so good! I was stumped this week too.

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  11. It looks fabulous, and so classy! Very cute idea. I'm a Jenny too!

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  12. Yuor wreath turned out so pretty! Great job

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  13. I really really love it. Wish there was time for me to pull it off!

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  14. I love it! It's so neat how the paper gives a nice dimension and texture to the wreath. It looks great in your dining room too.

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  15. Very pretty! It looks awesome on the cabinet - great idea to put it there!

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  16. I love this idea. It looks really nice for how easy and inexpensive it is to make. :) Great job!

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  17. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this--PLEASE post this to my Monday party-Its So Very Creative. It will be up on Sunday night

    Cheri

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  18. I loved your wreath so much that I included it in a post today over on my blog!

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  19. Your wreath turned out beautiful!

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  20. Hi.
    I just posted an award for you over at my blog. It is ready for you to pick up anytime if you would like. Love your blog. ;)

    XO*Tricia

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  21. stopping by from It's So Very Cheri's party. this wreath looks great! it's so chic! (Love the way you attached the ribbon too, very nice!)

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  22. I absolutely LOVE this--it is gorgeous.
    Thsnks for posting to the party.
    Cheri

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  23. Are you seeing leaves in your sleep?! : ) It looks great!

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  24. Very pretty. The kiddos would have fun making this too.

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