this year, i decided i wanted a
natural look for my outdoor decor.
i love to have a fresh wreath on my door,
so i started with a basic wreath from costco that i purchased for $14.99
to makeover this wreath i used:
about 20 nuts
(walnuts, hazelnuts. brazil nuts, and almonds
purchased in the bulk bin at walmart.
some crystals from an old chandelier
small gold ball ornaments
pine cone clusters
(already on the wreath, i just repositioned them)
i removed the three "berry" clusters and
the three pine cone clusters from the wreath.
i drilled holes trough the bottom portion of the nuts, and wired them as shown.
as soon as i had a grouping of nuts, i wired the
"stems together to make a cluster.
(*warning*--it is very difficult to drill a hole in
a nut...especially the walnuts! i have several
battle scars on my hands and fingers...
i'm just saying--be careful!)
i took 3-4 small chandelier crystals
and wired them as well,
and added them to the nut clusters.
to attach the limes, i poked each one with a
wooden skewer, and then put floral wire through them.
(floral wire is available in most craft stores in
the floral section. i bought a bag of about 15,
in 12" lengths for about $2)
to attach each item to the wreath,
i used the wire "stems",
and also wrapped them with additional wire
for more security.
i like the contrast of
all the natural elements and the crystals!
it makes me smile every time
i walk in my front door.
oh, i also made a garland out of
and some chain
to adorn the fresh cedar garland that
i have around my front door!
i will be posting pictures
and a tutorial tomorrow.