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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Has Sprung: On the Cheap

There are just too many glorious colors about to keep my neutral transitional wreath up any longer. And the fact that a butterfly lost a wing, which Ben promptly found and destroyed, had a little to do with it as well.

Such is life with cats.

As I mentioned last month, I've had a serious case of {love} for a dried pansy wreath I saw in the latest Williams-Sonoma catalog.

Wanted it. Needed it. Wasn't going to spend $50 for it - plus I wanted to hang mine outside and their version was definitely designed for the indoors only.

DIY to the rescue! All it took was:
  • A leafy spring wreath form
  • Assorted artificial flowers
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral wire
First, use your wire cutters to snip the flower stems at varying lengths. Wire cutters are more effective than scissors - quickly cutting through the thick plastic coating.

Second, arrange the base layer of flowers. When it looks right (purely a subjective call), secure the stems with floral wire.

Third, add your top layer of flowers, arranging and wiring in place.
Fluff and fuss, adjusting as you see fit, then hang!

The best part of this project - other than the fantastic colors and springy-ness of the wreath? The price!

Total project cost: $10.50
  • Leafy spring wreath form - $3 (Ikea)
  • Blue and white flowers - $5 (2 bunches for $5 sale at Michaels)
  • Yellow daises - $2.50 (sale at Michaels)
  • Wire cutters and floral wire - already owned

Do you think I pulled my DIY version off?

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