A Frugal, Modern Square Wreath



I love the idea of wreaths. Like, I do. I love the idea of having something to put on the front doors. (Okay, honestly, I love the idea of anything I can attach tiny birds to. That’s mostly what I love) However, standard circular, floral door wreaths reminded both my partner and I of our parents and grandparents, and we were going for something a bit more modern looking.

After looking at some Pinterest inspiration:

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A Winter Wreath via Craptastic


Fall Twig Wreath via Design, Dining, and Diapers

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Wreath via Sweet Daisy Designs

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, so I decided to go the thrifty route as much as possible. My¬†little wreath cost me less than $10.

There was:
$1 thrift-store frame find (and honestly, it’s even more baby-puke green than it looked)
$3 worth of Dollar Tree and Michaels sprigs of flowers
$3 worth of those two cute owls I found on clearance at Wal-Mart
$1 of ribbon from Dollar Tree
Annie Sloan’s Pure White chalk paint (purchased for a furniture project, but I dipped into it)
Some twine I had lying around from my holiday hot cocoa gift craft

If you don’t have any way to hang it on your door, Michaels sells basic door hangers for $2.90-something. Partner it with their “always available” 40% off coupon, and you’ll get it for $1.70-something.

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I wanted to have my wreath hanging at an angle for the most “modern” look, but it turns out that finding a photo frame that’s entirely square is really hard to do at a thrift store! Since most photos used to be portrait or landscape (and not the square, Instagram format that’s now popular), I suppose this makes sense. For the sake of the budget, I decided to alter my plans a little bit.

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This wreath¬†didn’t take too much work either! I completely removed the old print from the thrifted frame, and I took out all of the nails and cardboard that had held it in. After a nice soapy bath, it underwent two coats of Annie Sloan’s Pure White paint. Didn’t wax it because I’m lazy, and I like to think my owls prefer wax-less photo frames. From there, I picked out some neat sprigs of fake flowers from the local craft store and Dollar Tree. I just “tied” them to the frame using well-hidden twine. (Tie tightly to ensure they stay in place!) The little owls just clip onto the leaves! The ribbon was slid through the original nail hanger on the back of the frame, and tada! It honestly took more time to find all of the parts for my little owl-home than it took to put it together.

Hope this helps someone who’s looking to do a more “modern”-looking door wreath!

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