Thursday, December 3, 2015
Christmas Decorations on the Cheap Part 1: Christmas Wreaths and Swags
I think part of it is my dad's family comes from a long line of fishermen. "Poor as Church mice, but hard working, God fearing sorts" was my grandpa's way of putting it. I think the sea is in my blood (if the pure joy I get out of paintings of the old wooden ships is any indication any time I see them *laugh*) and just as surely superstition goes hand in hand with that blood.
One of the superstitions I was taught was that if you don't have evergreen hanging on every entrance to your house comes the New Year you are inviting bad luck into your home for the coming year. This was one of those superstitions I didn't think much about but kind of thought it was a bit out there. Until the last couple of years where we've had our share of things happening and those were the two years where I didn't have any money to purchase wreaths for the doors. So, this year, I decided to hedge my bets and put evergreen on every door.
You may now laugh your head off at your leisure. I do not mind one iota *laugh*.
I didn't have money to buy wreaths this year on Black Friday weekend, so I decided to try and find the wreath form I had saved and make a wreath. Well...I couldn't find it (I'm sure I put it somewhere "safe"...it's like the "Room of Requirement" from Harry Potter, only you can never find the darned room again *laugh*). I could have used my mom's old trick of using a coat hanger bent into a circle and then using floral wire to wrap the pine around the wire, but this leads to a three dimensional wreath, so it's kind of hard to hang on a door when you have an outer storm door to worry about (which out of four doors, I have have two of those to worry about).
I tried to think of something else to do and came up with an idea. I dug around in storage and found a fake wreath I had bought on clearance from L.L. Bean for like 7.00 YEARS ago, but hadn't used in a bit because it was getting kind of sparse (bits of fake greenery falling off as the years went by, etc). And so, armed with some ideas and a tree saw, I took to my yard and decimated some tree branches today to make some decorations.
And here's what I came up with.
The wreath above is actually the fake wreath I was talking about, but with real pine sprigs secured throughout the perimeter (I just plain stuck them into the wreath as I went along and it worked great). I then secured some wreath picks from previous wreaths I'd bought throughout the years (yes, I always grab those off before throwing things away) and a bow from a previous wreath and voila! Front door wreath done! I even secured some battery powered LED lights to the wreath to light it up on Christmas because I had them in my Christmas stuff from a previous year.
Now, just to be safe here I want to assure everyone I have NO IDEA what I'm doing when it comes to floral arrangements of any type, I do not know how to make wreaths without one of those "jam in" forms that you can buy and even then I'm still trying to master that skill and I have never taken a class to help me in this area.
So, in short, I think these look fine, but they probably are making professionals everywhere flinch *laugh*.
But, hey, they were free for me to make, so I consider it worth it.
You might not have the money to get Christmas decorations for your door, but maybe you too could doctor up a used store find, an old fake wreath or just make something out of what you have. Just because you don't have the money to buy something doesn't mean your hands are completely tied :). Get creative! You might find you enjoy the process!