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Friday, October 6, 2017

Perking Up a Wreath for Autumn

I have had the same wreath on my front door here in Nanaland for at least four years. I had the ribbon made at a local gift shop and it was looking pretty faded.  I did not want to drive downtown to pick up a new one( and pay about what a new wreath would cost!) So I Improvised.

I found a new favorite You Tube channel....Eclectic Kristen. She is a young lady who goes to The Dollar Tree on a regular basis and she does videos about what she finds at her Dollar Tree. It is very interesting and I must say, Dollar Tree has upped its game lately!

Kristen shared that she had found some wired ribbon in fall motifs. So I stopped at my local Dollar Tree and I found the exact ribbon she shared on her video.

Here is one roll.

And here is the other.


I will say that they are not the quality you will find at Hobby Lobby but they are worth the dollar per roll that I paid for them. There was enough ribbon on the roll to make the wreath ribbon with just bits of left overs. I tend to over use ribbon knowing I can trim it down.

I tied some ribbon to my wreath. A church friend shared this technique and I have used it for years.

I forgot to take a picture of my big ribbon gathered up  but I wanted you to see how I hold it together until I am ready to add it to the wreath. You simply lay your gathered ribbon on the ribbon attached to the wreath and tie a TIGHT knot.  Then fluff fluff fluff. For me it is easier than trying to get a wire tight around my ribbon. Do whatever is easiest is my motto.

I added this cute wooden pumpkin to the knot. I have found the new SPRAY ...Aleene's Tacky Glue. It is so easy to use. No more hauling out the glue gun and waiting for it to heat up ! I found my can at Hobby Lobby. It was $10 but I think it will last me a LONG time.

I think it looks very festive on my front door.

I also added something to the back door entering the kitchen from the garage.

A little pop of color for October!


15 comments:

Phoebes World said...

Your wreath is very pretty...good job.
I love dollar stores. Some things are not the best quality but you can get some great bargains
I will check out the you tube channel
Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend
Phoebe x

Sandy said...

Very good. Did you find the leaves at the Dollar Tree as well? I love the color of those.

Mary said...

Your wreath is very pretty, I like the way you used two different ribbons. I'll have to check out Kristens site, sounds interesting! Mary

Arlene Grimm said...

Sandy I purchased the wreath with the acorns on it several years ago. I have perked them up with some gold paint as they were getting faded as well. Dollar Tree does have lots of neat fall things these days.

Terri D said...

That is how I do my bows, too! It works great and yours looks fantastic. I just told Joe this morning that I needed to visit the dollar store and pick up some things to brighten the wreath I have on our door. Now I have even more inspiration! I'll post a photo on Monday! Happy Fall!

Arlene Grimm said...

Terri, I figure if this bow lasts two years I have saved a good bit of money on it. Cant wait to see yours!!

Katie Clooney said...

I just put my wreath up, Arlene and it is not nearly as pretty as yours! Enjoy your weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'd love to find some of that ribbon...may have to run over there tomorrow. The wreath looks beautiful and I like what you put on the back door too. I put a little something different on our front door yesterday too! Hugs, Diane

Anonymous said...

Arlene, I am partial to the Dollar Tree over Dollar General. I recently bought some items to use with my crafts. I don't want to spoil the surprise but hope to make them soon and then post pictures! Your wreath looks so festive and who doesn't love candy corn!

Mari said...

Thanks for those tips! I think I need that spray. I love the big G on your wreath.

Linda said...

You did a great job and it looks wonderful! I am with you on the fluff. fluff fluff! That's what I do!

Arlene Grimm said...

Mari...I am going to purchase some gloves to wear when I use the tacky glue spray. I spent most of one afternoon trying to get it off my fingers.:)

Carol said...

Very cute re-do on the wreath, Arlene and I love the little candy corn door hanger. I haven't put anything up for Halloween yet and am not sure I will as we will be in Hawaii then!

RJ said...


That is fantastic ribbon to add to your wreath Arlene. I really like Dollar Tree the best of all the dollar stores. Some of them are bigger than others and carry alot of neat things.

Your wreath looks fantastic on your front door and the cute wooden piece looks perfect too. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Mrs.T said...

Very pretty and fun, Arlene. I like that ribbon and will have to run over to the Dollar Tree and check it out. I have one about five minutes from my house. Yes, as others have said, I prefer the Dollar Tree over other dollar stores. In general, nicer things and only $1 as opposed to other stores which may charge multiples of $ for the various items. I have found some nice things at Family Dollar, too, though.