Thursday, January 12, 2012

The $170 Wreath

No, I did not make a wreath that cost $170.  I did, however, make a wreath that cost under $10.  My inspiration was this wreath:
Pinterest via Etsy

I spotted it on Pinterest, and when I followed the link to the Etsy shop I was SHOCKED at the price.  $170???  I don't understand.  Why is this wreath so expensive??? Are those real diamonds?  Haha!  So I set out to make my own for MUCH less than $170.

I started with the outside of an embroidery hoop.  I had it left over from my crayon wreath!

I painted the hoop white and tied the ends together with a little ribbon that will also serve as the wreath hanger.

Then, I cut 10 billion pieces of tulle.  Okay not quite 10 billion.  But it was 50 yards of white tulle (about 6 inches wide, $4.99 a 25 yd spool at Hobby Lobby), cut into 12 inch sections.  It was a LOT of tulle.  I don't have a picture of all the tulle, but I do have this picture of one of my cats watching the tulle very carefully.  She really wanted to eat it.

Next came the tying process.  I just tied double knots in the center of each piece around the edge of the hoop.  

After that, I hot glued some shiny stuff onto the center.  I chose a piece of tinsel ribbon (found in my ribbon stash) and a string of silver beads ($1.49 at Hobby Lobby).

One more addition I need to make is to attach some sort of snowflake to help signify that this is a winter wreath and I did not, in fact, just hang a tutu on my door.

Voila!  $170?  Puh-lease.  Try under $10!  And it wasn't even time intensive.  It took about 1 episode of House Hunters followed by 1 episode of Cupcake Wars to complete this.  Also known as, 1.5 hours.  



  1. Oh my goodness! It turned out awesome! I'm so glad you posted this! I've been spying that wreath, but was so sad to see the price tag. Ouch!! I'm so not crafty, but I might can handle this one.

  2. I was wondering what size the embroidery hoop was?