Thursday, December 13, 2012

DIY Boxwood Square Wreath

This was one of those projects that I got excited about - but first some backstory.  One day I went browsing around West Elm and saw a square boxwood wreath that I just loved.  I passed by it several times debating on whether or not I really wanted it.  Then I checked the price to confirm that I really didn't need it.  That baby was $59 - for a little square wreath.  After thinking a few days on it I realized that I could totally make one myself.  So here's is my easy diy boxwood square wreath that cost me......$12 to make!!!  Now you can feel my excitement.  It was also super easy!


So my first step was to make a trip to the craft store.  The closest one to my house is AC Moore, so that's where I went.  Before I could even get into the store there was a huge bin sitting outside the door with boxwood garland - on sale for 50% off.  I couldn't believe how easy this was.  So I grabbed two boxwood garlands for $6 a piece and I was good to go.


Next I needed a square frame so I grabbed a diaper box and cut out four equal pieces to assemble my wreath frame.


It was as easy as hot glueing them together.


After I had my frame I decided the best way to make my wreath was to pull off all of the little boxwood  stems off of the garland.  Silas loved this part and he was a great help with this project.  


Then I simply glued and glued and glued.  Not going to lie, it was a little tedious at times - not hard just monotonous.  I first wanted to achieve a base of boxwood so I slathered a bunch of hot glue on the cardboard frame and laid down my boxwood on the glue.  I did this until I had a good base.



You can see in this picture below what I'm talking about with the base.  Then I took little pieces at a time and glued and filled in until I had a nice full wreath of boxwood.


It took me a few hours -  probably about 3 hours total.  I didn't do it all in one day and at one sitting.  I did a little at a time when I had a few minutes.  There was a point when I thought I would never get all the holes filled in but then it all of sudden seemed to be finished.


I love it and I love that it cost me way less to make.  I think I will totally leave it out after Christmas too.  This is definitely a year round wreath.



Don't you just love those projects where you make something you totally love for way less than you could have bought?  Share with me your success stories!!  I would love to know!

Hope you guys are having a wonderful Thursday!


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22 comments:

  1. i should say that i don't see a whole lot of square wreaths, this one really looks beautiful :) your little helper did a good job too!

    huggies***
    rea

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    1. Thanks Rea! So sweet. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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  2. I love this, so creative with something you normally would just recycle!

    Also, I'm your newest follower!
    Found you over at the Aloha Friday Blog Hop (:

    kcandbecca.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for following and for the sweet comment! Heading over to follow you back!

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  3. Your wreath is absolutely sweet! It's so inspiring and to think we can do this at home too!
    xo

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  4. This is absolutely gorgeous and very innovative. I am visitng you from the Aloha blog hop. Following you now. Looking forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

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    1. Thanks so much for following and for the sweet comment! Heading over to follow you back!

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    1. Thanks so much Tranae!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!

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  6. I love this! It would even be cute with red berries on it as well.. such a brilliant idea. I have a giveaway running right now & would love for you to enter it! Found you via the Aloha Friday Blog Hop!
    xoxo,
    Nikki at www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

    Enter my GIVEAWAY for $100 right now!

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    1. Thanks so much Nikki! Thanks for following! I'm a little behind :) - heading over to follow you back!

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  7. It looks terrific Megan, I especially like the shape. hopping over from Aloha Friday to say aloha Sunday! Hugs

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    1. Thanks Katherine!! Thanks for following and for the sweet comment! I'm a little behind! Heading over to follow you back!

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  8. I like this greeny decoration. It looks very natural.

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  9. I love the SQUARE shape So very fun and different!! :)
    Have a Merry Christmas
    Angelina

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    1. Thanks so much! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

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  10. So pretty! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday - Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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    1. Thanks Mariel! Sorry I'm a little behind from the Holidays! I will definitely stop by and link up Saturday! Thanks for inviting me :). Hope you had a great Christmas!

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  11. Actually the greeny wreath looks so pretty and it suits well to hang out on the door.

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  12. We can try this as a photo frame as well. :)

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  13. Wow!!! you did a awesome job. You inspired me!!! God Bless!

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