Tuesday, December 3, 2013

DIY Holiday Wreaths



It's December again and I'm sure you have lots of ideas for decorating your home, and lots of reasons why you're too busy to do them. Well, here are two of my favorite DIY wreaths made from items you's normally toss in the trash. They're easy to make and they look amazing Get ready to wow your friends and family with your awesome upcycled decor!



Lath it Up
If you have ever torn down interior walls of an old wood framed house you’re familiar with lath.  Haven’t heard of it before?  Let’s ask a few questions.  When hanging artwork on the wall does the nail bounce back when you are trying to hammer it in?  Do you hear a crumbling sound of plaster?  Does the small nail hole instantly become bigger?  Congratulations.  You have lath. 
Combined with plaster, lath is what creates your interior walls.  It’s rows and rows of long thin boards nailed horizontally to the framework of the house and then plastic is installed on top.  Sadly much of this material is tossed into the dump during phases of remodeling.  It’s very messy to work with but it can be recycled. 

During the deconstruction of our home, we had what seemed to be a never ending supply of lath.  Am proud to say we reused, recycled, and renewed it all.   And every holiday season when it’s time to decorate, friends and family all have something I made for them.  A pretty wood red wreath.   Yep, I had lath, lots of lath.   

Supplies
  • Red Spray paint
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Miter saw, commonly known as a chop saw.
  • Measuring stick
  • Protective goggles
  • Drinking glass
  • Drop cloth
  • Pencil
  1. Set the miter saw to a 45 degree angle cut.
  2. When cutting the lath make sure each end cut is parallel with the other. Meaning, if you cut one end at a 45 degree angle, cut the other end in the same direction.
  3. There are a total of 25 pieces of lath needed. The list of lengths follows.
  4. Using the drinking glass to act as the center opening of the wreath, start gluing the longest to the shortest pieces together, overlapping the corners. It will look like a sloppy triangle at first. As you continue, you will be wrapping the wood pieces around the drinking glass. This helps prevent the wreath from looking lopsided and creates a circular center opening.
  5. Spray paint the wreath red and let dry.
  6. Hang and enjoy. Great for use indoors or out.
  7. Optional: you can spray paint the wreath different colors so you can use it year round.
  8. Lengths of lath needed:

a)    4 at 2ft
b)    2 at 18”
c)    3 at 16”
d)    2 at 14”
e)    2 at 12”
f)     3 at 10”
g)    2 at 8”
h)    3 at 6”
i)      2 at 4”
j)      2 at 3”



Light Bulb Wreath
One of the few situations where being a dim bulb isn't such a bad thing. This wreath is super easy to make and you are keeping all of those burnt out light bulbs from the landfill. Score! 

Supplies

  • Light bulbs (I used 48)
  •  Styrofoam wreath, 10" circle
  • Green floral wire
  • wire cutters
  • two cans of red latex spray paint
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Miniature silk fern plant
  • scissors
  • Duct Tape
How to:
  1. Cut two pieces of wire, approximately 1' long
  2. Twist one end of the wire around the neck of the light bulb.
  3. On the opposite side of the neck of the light bulb, twist the other wire around.
  4. Pull the remaining pieces of wire straight down and away from the light bulb so they look like prongs.
  5. Repeat the same process on all of the bulbs
  6. Starting with the first bulb, poke both pieces of wire through the top side of the wreath form until they poke out the back side of the form.
  7. From the back, pull the wire until the bulb is firmly touching the form.
  8. Twist the wire together to prevent the bulb from sliding.
  9. Cut away any extra-long pieces of wire and press the wire flat against the backside of the form.
  10. Continue the same process all around the wreath from start to finish.
  11. Spray paint the entire wreath, making sure that every surface is covered. Let dry.
  12. Add strips of duct tape to the back of the wreath form to cover all of the wire.

Of course, you can modify either of these wreaths with ribbon, pine cones, string lights- whatever makes it your own. If you do, please share photos of your version on my Facebook page. Happy holiday DIYing!

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