Anthropologie Knockoff Wreath
The other night I found this wreath…and the heavens opened up and the angels sang.
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It’s gorgeous. It’s so FLUFFY! I had to make it mine! It’s also…
- Not being made anymore, as far as I can tell.
- $298. As in $300. For a WREATH. Made out of YARN. Apparently yarn made out of angel sheep straight from heaven.
Friends, I can assure you that if I ever spent $300 on a decoration my husband would lose his mind. Think head spinning around, eyes bugging out, complete loss of intelligible speech. So, since I was still determined to have it, I decided I would just make one.
- Yarn (I used this one, in Pearl and Dove. I needed one skein of each.)
- Styrofoam wreath form. I made a 12″ wreath–for a larger one you would probably need two skeins of each color yarn.
- Glue gun
- Small ornaments or balls for decor (optional)
First, I made about 40 “puffballs”. I didn’t really count–I just made them until I felt like I had enough to cover the form and make it super fluffy. To make them, I wrapped the yarn around my hand like this:
I used three fingers to make the size puffball I wanted–you could also use four, depending on how big you wanted to make them. I wrapped it about 40 times and then slid the whole thing off of my hand.
Now you basically have a very large loop. Take a piece of yarn and tie it around the middle tightly. Then take your scissors and slide them through all of the loops like this:
Clip the loops, and then flip it over and do the same to the other side. You now have a puffball. I know it sounds like a lot, but it seriously takes about a minute to make one. I made all of the ones for my wreath while I was watching TV, and it was less than an hour for all of them.
Once I had all of the puffballs, I wrapped the wreath form with yarn. I used my glue gun to glue the end of the yard down and then just wrapped it until it was completely covered. Once that was done, I started gluing the puffs to the form. (If I make another one, I will wrap the form with yarn before I glue the puffs on to make it easier to cover the whole thing).
I used two different colors of yarn, so I alternated my puffs to give it some dimension, then I made sure they were even and filled it in completely so that it was nice and fluffy. I had purchased some small glass ornaments to use on it as well, so I glued them on at the end. This is the finished project:
I am really pleased with how it came out and I’m especially pleased that it didn’t cost me $300. It ended up taking me about 2 1/2 hours start to finish and I spent less than $20.
My scariest Goodwill find ever.
I love Goodwill–they are a fantastic place to find craft supplies, furniture that can be redone and random decorations. This past weekend I popped over to my favorite Goodwill and encountered…this.
It’s terrifying. And it occurred to me that at some point someone had to have actually purchased this thing. As my sister said…WTH? I thought about buying it and keeping it for our next White Elephant Christmas exchange, but seriously–I didn’t even want it in the house.
And a really fun one to make up for it.
Goodwill is a great place to find decor stuff–especially if you are a little creative and don’t mind “upcycling”. I am a wizard with a can of spray paint so for me, Goodwill is a challenge.
This weekend I ran across this really fun mirror. It had a bronze finish on it, which I didn’t like, but I was all about the mirror itself. Enter my handy gold spray paint (and I always have at least two cans of gold spray paint around) and I ended up with this.
It is perfect for the little wall at the end of our hallway. And does anyone have any good tips for taking a picture of a mirror? I don’t want to stand right in front of it, because I don’t want to be in the picture, but that leaves me standing off to the side, which is kind of awkward. Ideas are most appreciated!