Cheap and Cheerful Pink Winter Wreath
This pink winter wreath is pretty quick and easy to make, and it cost me just 5 dollars.
Happy New Year!
I couldn’t be happier that 2020 is behind us, and that 2021 is finally here. Yay!
We had a very quiet and wintry Christmas/New Year here at home. And because it’s always a little dull after the Christmas decorations come down, I wanted to create a fun and happy winter wreath for my front door to replace my DIY Ornaments Wreath.
When I think of a winter wreath I don’t think of snow and ice, and everything white. Honestly, I have enough of that outside for 4-6 months of the year.
When I need a winter pick me up I always think of pink.
Whenever I need something warm, something cheerful, and something fun; pink always comes through for me.
And for me, this pink winter wreath is all of those things.
The color pink is like a friend that never disappoints. That’s always there to cheer me up, and make me feel better when I need it.
And who says winter wreaths have to be white anyway?
Certainly not this color-loving gal.
Actually they can be anything we want them to be.
Anything that makes getting through this winter even just a teensy bit easier.
Because it’s not just about how something looks, it’s also about how it makes us feel.
Right now, it’s more important than ever to surround ourselves with things that bring us joy, and make us smile.
So one Saturday a few weeks ago, before we went back into shutdown here, I challenged myself with a trip to one of my local thrift stores.
I had a few donations to drop off, so while I was there I challenged myself to make a winter wreath with whatever I found in the store that day.
No matter what it was that I found, and that’s just what I did.
So what did I find?
Winter Wreath Project Challenge
This particular thrift store keeps most of the craft and Christmas stuff in bags inside large cardboard boxes on their shelves.
So you have to pull out the boxes to really get into them to look through them.
If you just glance into the boxes you’ll definitely miss some great stuff.
In one box, mixed with a lot of other bags of things I didn’t want, I found a large bag of pink satin threaded Christmas ornaments. These ornaments are plastic underneath, and they are super light. Perfect for a wreath.
There were a few white ones as well, and a few peachy pink poinsettia faux flowers.
All this for just one dollar.
I didn’t end up using the poinsettias or the white ornaments, but they’ll be saved for another project another day.
And in another mixed up box, I found this lot of wintry silvery flower picks in a pillow case bag for just two dollars. Five silver, 4 pink, and 2 blue.
I didn’t even unzip the bag to look inside at the store.
I don’t tend to dilly dally anymore when thrifting.
Since I know the lay of the land at the my local thrift stores so well; I can scout, grab, pay, and be out pretty quickly.
Besides, when I saw the pink and the blue mixed with the silver, I just knew there had to be some fabulous stuff in there.
And there was.
Wrapping the Styrofoam Wreath Form
I already had this 12 inch styrofoam wreath form, and the white sparkly Christmas garland, which has some flashes of pinkaliciousness, in my stashes.
Both were found at thrift stores for at most a dollar each. I know that because I always pick up forms and garlands when I can get them for a dollar or less.
If they’re more, I leave them at the store.
cheap thrifty like that.
Wrapping the sparkly garland around the wreath form covers it beautifully. All I did was glue the garland in place at the beginning and the end.
You want to be able to move the garland a bit if you need to.
Also, it’s important to not wrap it too tightly together.
Gluing satin ornaments onto wreath
You want there to be spaces so you can get good adherence to the wreath form when you start gluing on the ornaments and flower picks.
If you only get them glued to the garland, they will wobble around.
And nobody wants a wobbly wreath.
I glued the ornaments on in a way that I thought looked good to me.
After I made sure they were all secure I moved onto the next step, which is gluing on the flower picks.
Gluing flower picks onto pink winter wreath
Like most flower picks these had long stems, which I made shorter with pliers by bending the stems back and forth until the wire broke.
Then I started gluing on the flower picks to fill in the spaces between the satin balls. I pushed the pointy stem ends of the pics into the styrofoam for a good fit.
I think these picks are very wintry but when I first saw the gifts on them, I thought that maybe they were too Christmassy for a winter wreath.
If there is even such a thing as too Christmassy.
But after thinking about it for a bit I realized that they could help remind me that each day is a gift.
And then like magic they became just right.
Sometimes it’s just about tweaking how we think about the projects we’re doing.
While we’re actually in the process of doing them.
The potential is always there for any project to become something more than what we thought it would be, should be, or could be.
I enjoyed making this wreath so much. It took me away, for a little while, from the worries of the world that we’re living in right now.
And that is what the act of creating can do. It can be a respite for our minds, hearts, and souls.
And that’s a truly powerful thing. Even if it’s only for a little while.
We might not realize it while we’re in the zone, but the beauty about creating is never just about the result.
It’s also about the doing, the actual process of creating.
So, while I don’t usually pick a word of the year, like many bloggers have for many years, for this New Year, 2021, I’m going for it.
Because this New Year is different.
Different than any other New Year that I’ve experienced in my lifetime.
Holding so much hope and promise for all of us.
And in my little corner of the world, I’m feeling the need for a word that will help keep me connected to my every day life.
Creating this pink winter wreath reminded me of how much I want to try to be present in everything I do.
Whether it’s spending time with my hubby, phone calls and zoom calls with family, creating a wreath, writing a blog post, painting a room, practicing guitar, reading a book, making dinner, watching a movie, playing with the cats, and even doing things like laundry.
Yes, even laundry. lol.
Supplies needed for this project
- Satin ball ornaments
- floral picks
- little plastic snowflakes
- 12″ styrofoam wreath form
- hot glue gun
- hot glue sticks
- wire for hanging
I want to try to be firmly present, in the present.
Not dwelling on the past.
Not worrying about the future.
But one hundred per cent totally and completely present in the moment.
So my word for 2021, as you’ve probably already guessed, is “present” for both its meanings.
Hanging pink winter wreath with wire
For hanging my pink winter wreath I simply wrapped a piece of wire around the wreath and made a loop.
When making a wreath, I usually wait until I’m done before I add a hanger. This is so I can see which section I like best for the top of the wreath.
Quirky Pink Winter Wreath hanging on door
And here’s my pink winter wreath, a New Year’s present to myself, hanging on my kitchen door, which is the door that we use all the time.
For me it was a blessing in disguise that I didn’t have enough of the pink picks to go around. I went with one of the blue ones to fill the last spot, and it adds a quirky vibe.
I like quirky, and the blue color ties in with the color of the door. I also tucked in a few little white snowflakes here and there just for fun.
My pink winter wreath has been hanging on the door for just a few days, but its presence there is already working, reminding me of what a gift each day truly is. And to also try to be present in every single moment.
So the next time you’re creating something, or doing something, whatever that may be, and you’re feeling distracted, or you’re rushing through it…
Slow it down.
Take a moment.
Until you feel one hundred per cent totally and completely present.
Being present in each and every moment is one of the best presents we can give to ourselves, to whatever we’re doing, and to whoever we’re doing it with.
So now that 2021 is here, do you have a word of the year?
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Thanks so much for reading and until next time,