Wreath Week: Seed Pods Go Metallic

Lisa thought she’d found acorns on a walk with her family, but she had “never seen anything like them.” She and her girls gathered a stroller full and brought them home. After Lisa turned her “acorns” into a gorgeous metallic wreath, a few sharp-eyed readers at Mabey She Made It identified them as eucalyptus seed pods. Whatever they are, they look amazing on Lisa’s front door!

eucalyptus seed podsLisa really wanted to showcase the tops of the pods, which “look like flowers, stars, or buttons depending on the one you look at.” She used a hot glue gun to glue them around a flat frame, then gave the whole thing several coats of metallic spray paint. After hanging the frame up with a ribbon, Lisa says, “The contrast between the natural supplies and the chic finish makes me happy.” Botanical discoveries for the win!

metallic-spray-paint-acorn-eucalyptus-seed-pod-frameSee the step-by-step at Mabey She Made It.


Wreath Week: Work Socks Workin’ It

Alex loves work socks. She says, “I don’t know what it is about them that I adore but to me they scream Canadian Winter and endless decor and craft projects.” After all that love, she had several pair that were wearing out in the soles. At Northstory, she shows us how she upcycled them into the Christmas wreath of her dreams.

work-socksThe idea and the materials for this project came together in January (you know, just after the holidays), so Alex “literally waited a year to get this one done.” She created a wreath form using foam and two thrift-store embroidery hoops. Then she covered the form with her trimmed work socks, pieces of felt, and yarn. The finishing touches were the wooden “Merry Christmas” sign and small wooden house, which she glued on with craft adhesive. I think this wreath was well worth the wait, don’t you?

work-socks-embroidery-hoops-upcycled-into-Christmas-wreathSee the full tutorial at Northstory.


Wreath Week: from TP tubes to Flowers and Berries

From her crafty corner of Hungary, Lavender Girl is showing us how to make a beautiful Christmas wreath out of toilet paper rolls. Believe me, it’s worth using Google Translate to see what’s been coming together at Croissant and Lavender.


Lavender Girl painted her collected tubes in two different shades of green paint, then flattened the tubes and cut them into strips. Armed with a hot glue gun for speed, she glued the strips together to form five-petal flowers, then glued the flowers together to make two wreaths, then glued the two wreaths together. She used thermoset plastic to create the red berries for the final accent. I’m pretty much in love with this!

cardboard-toilet-paper-tubes-rolls-into-green-red-berries-christmas-wreathGo check out Croissant and Lavender for the complete tutorial.

Wreath Week at Roadkill Rescue

Haul out the holly;
Put up a wreath before my spirit falls again.

Isn’t that how that happy Christmas song goes?  Wreaths are fun to hang on the door any time of year, but they are especially meaningful during the Christmas season.  This week at Roadkill Rescue, we’ll be celebrating the season with festive wreath projects that honor the spirit of Roadkill Rescue:  they are made out of free, found, or upcycled materials.  Stay tuned for Wreath Week!

Wreath Week

Falling for a Christmas Wreath

When Carolyn from Homework spotted this fall wreath on deep discount (90% off!) after Thanksgiving, she knew it wouldn’t be hard to turn it into a Christmas wreath to be proud of.

Carolyn's Homework fall wreath before

She could envision this in shades of either gold, silver, or white.  Back at home, the decision was made when Carolyn realized she already had a can of silver spray paint on hand.  She set up a place to paint and began spraying.  “Once the wreath was completely covered in silver, I gave it a final coat of clear pearl gloss for a frosty look,” Carolyn notes.   A festive red ribbon from Carolyn’s stash completed the new look.  Isn’t it lovely?

Carolyn's Homework fall wreath after

Visit Homework to see more pictures and how-tos of this wintry holiday wreath.

Refabbing a Wreath for Christmas

Krista, The Happy Housie, is on round three with this burlap wreath form.  She’d already used it for her summer and fall wreaths before she transformed it once again into winter door decor especially for the Christmas season.

The Happy Housie burlap wreath form before

To change it up, she wrapped it in burlap ribbon that had a cheerful red stripe.  She added fresh evergreen branches and holly.  She suspended a pair of thrift store ice skates in the center of the wreath, and topped everything off with a thrifted plaid scarf.  So wintry, and so festive!

The Happy Housie burlap wreath form after

Get more details on the making of this wreath at The Happy Housie.

Deck the Halls with Dryer Vents

Have you bought a new appliance, recently?  Maybe a clothes dryer?  Hmmm?  Well, if you have any extra dryer vent tubing or some that you were about to throw away, this Christmas craft is for you!  Melissa from Daisy Mae Belle figured out how to make a wreath from dryer vent tubing!

daisy mae belle dryer vent before

This wreath has a fun modern, industrial style feel to it.  And actually, when I first glanced at it, I thought it was a canning jar ring wreath.  To make it, Melissa simply stretched her vent tubing and bent it into a circle.  She taped the ends together with duct tape.  A pretty red bow covers the duct tape seam.  It looks fantastic!

daisy mae belle dryer vent after

Find out more about this upcycled dryer vent wreath at Daisy Mae Belle.

From Paint Sticks to Christmas Wreaths

Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof confesses that the last time she bought paint at Home Depot, she may–or may not–have exceeded her quota of free paint stirring sticks.  But they were for a good cause!  She needed them for a Christmas project.

Home Depot paint sticks

The lightweight paint sticks provided just the right material to make the wreath forms Jenna needed.   First, Jenna painted the sticks dark green.  Then she hot glued the sticks into the shapes she wanted for her wreaths–squares and stars.  The other material Jenna needed for her wreaths was free, too.  She simply clipped off branches from the large evergreen tree in her yard, and hot glued those onto the paint stick frames.  Jenna used some simple, gold ribbon to hang the wreaths.  Aren’t they lovely?

Rain on a Tin Roof paint stick evergreen wreaths

Read Jenna’s instructions to make wreaths like these–and a star wreath, too–at Rain on a Tin Roof.