Every time I'm in Goodwill, I see a wide variety of dingy old wreaths. Some of them have no further potential and some of them do. I decided I wanted to make a new fall wreath and instead of heading to the nearest hobby store and buying a new blank, I would score the local Goodwill. And I'm glad I did because I found this incredibly ugly and worn down wreath (on the left) for a dollar. At first glance, I wasn't sure I could use it and then I saw that the base of the wreath was made of curved sticks. Not styrofoam, hay or plastic. This one was gorgeous underneath all the ugly flowers and stuffed lady ;) And on the right is what I came up with!
Once I stripped away all the fluff and embelishments from the original wreath, I began creating coffee filter flowers to attach! If you aren't familiar with making coffee filter flowers, it is a PIECE OF CAKE! Check out my full past tutorial HERE or see the picture below. Super duper simple!
After you create your flowers, find a nice spot on the wreath that you wish to attach them and use either string or pins to secure them in place. Next I found whatever fall-ish things I had lying around the house that I could easily attach with string. So I used a few small pine cones and a couple of my mini pumpkins from a potpourri bag and attached them with string. And voila! DONE! I felt like the natural look of the sticks gave it an overwhelming fall look so there wasn't much extra that needed to be done.
I think the best thing to keep in mind when you are at a thrift store is that most things can take a coat of paint, can be rearranged or redecorated to look completely different. All you need is imagination and a lot of "junk" could actually look beautiful.
I'm looking for more fall friendly crafts to try! Any suggestions?