Sunday, September 22, 2013

Thrift Store Finds: From Fugly $3 Wreath to A DIY Monogram Front Door Showpiece

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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a Wedding Shower with my sister, for our soon-to-be sister in-law.  I found a ton of great ideas on Pinterest - several made their way into the festivities.  One of the things I stumbled upon was this wreath:

source: Becca Wong of EternalWreaths

for $70

Seventy dollars for door decor was not within our budget.  Even if it was, spending that much on a wreath just doesn't sit well with me.  I found Diane's tutorial on creating a monogram wreath from foam board and went for it.  Her tutorial gave the option of using Photoshop or Microsoft Publisher - neither of which I had, so I used Microsoft Word instead, and created a walk-through for you all.

What you'll need:

Monogram Printout {design tutorial here}
Foam Board
Transfer Paper
Hot Knife {I use this one}
Hot Glue
Wreath
Spray Paint - glossy black
Flowers of Choice

I found this wreath at Goodwill for $3, took it home, and plucked off all of the not-so-cute flowers.  Next, I covered it with $1 glossy, black spray paint.

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While it dried, I took my Monogram printout and laid a piece of transfer paper over top.  I traced the monogram onto the paper, and then taped the transfer paper to the white foam board.  Using the hot knife, I carefully cut out the monogram.

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Fishing line was used to carefully hang the monogram from the wreath.  We purchased two $6 sprigs of Delphinium from Joann Fabrics, pulled off the buds and hot glued them onto the wreath.


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Not bad for less than twenty bucks, huh?

What favorites have you saved from thrift stores?


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47 comments:

  1. Oh that's super cute! I might have to try that one someday.
    --Becky

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    1. Becky, it's surprisingly easy and is WAY better than spending all that money on a wood monogram.

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  2. Wow! This a a beautiful wreath. Great great turn around.

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    1. Thank you! If you make one, I'd love to see pics :)

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  3. That came out really cute. Your cat is so pretty up on your header. Stopping by from SITS.
    http://therantingsofadramaqueensmum.blogspot.com

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    1. Your cat is cute too! Her little facial markings make her look like another Grumpy Cat :)

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  4. Wow! That looks great! We decorated for my wedding with wreaths. My mom found a bunch of different ones and we bought a bunch of artificial flowers and had a decorating party. Then after the wedding the guests took them home. Now when I visit my mom, I see this wreath and it brings back great memories!!

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    1. A wreath decorating party? Sounds fun! Thank you for visiting :)

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  5. Very cute!! I love thrift store finds.

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  6. Oh great do over. I love new wreaths, but they are so pricey!! Love the monogram too. Saw you on SITS! have a great one!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Shaunell! This was the first wreath I ever made, and I'm glad it wasn't as intimidating as I thought it'd be.

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  7. How clever, I am pinning this for Christmas.
    Happy Sharefest.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I need to make different variations of this for the various holidays :)

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  8. Your wreath looks great! Love how you made the monogram too. I found a wreath on sale at the craft store and I had a coupon too, so I picked up a so-so cheap wreath and took it home to spruce it up. Isn't it awesome when we can find cheap stuff and make it look amazing?!

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    1. Thanks, Shanna! Cheap stuff is always good :)

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  9. It looks fabulous! Way to rescue that poor wreath.

    Happy Sharefest! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Wow! It looks just like the other one! Great job!

    Visiting from Sharefest!

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    1. Thanks, Shauna! I'm glad I was able to pull off the similar look, as I L-O-V-E-D it :)

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  11. Super adorable. I so wish I was crafty sometimes, then other times, I just like to look at all the things crafty people make...

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I didn't think I was crafty, until I found Pinterest.

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  12. This looks AMAZING; you did a phenomenal job. I wish I could duplicate it; however, I was not blessed with the craftiness gene :( Stopping by from the SITS Sharefest :) I'd love for you to drop by my blog if you get the chance. Have a great weekend!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.stephanieziajka.blogspot.com

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    1. Stephanie, thanks for stopping by! I love your site/design. This was the first wreath I've ever made. If I can figure it out on my own and create it, you can totally recreate it with my instructions :)

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  13. Love it!!! I'm pinning this- found you at SITS this morning!

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  14. That turned out awesome!! I need a new wreath badly. It never occurred to me to repurpose one!

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    1. Thanks, Steph! It was my first time making a wreath, so I'm so glad it turned out as well as it did.

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  15. This is such a great idea and it turned out so well! It's unbelievable how much stores charge for something like this. I needed a spring/summer wreath last year and discovered how outrageous the prices are and made my own too (check it out on my blog and tell me what you think www.embracingthegoodlife.com ). Absolutely love the monogram!

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    1. Your wreath turned out well too! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  16. That is so cute and I think even the crafty challenged like me could do it...thanks for sharing.


    Visiting from SITS

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    1. Thanks, Michael! You can do it!!! :) Let me know if you do and take pics. I'd love to see how yours turns out.

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  17. That looks great! I love finding ways to make things for cheaper than they retail :-)

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    1. Thanks, Bev! Cheaper = Better {always}. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  18. That is adorable! I'm all for finding a cheaper yet cuter alternative!

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  19. Very clever! I've never thought of spray painting a grapevine wreath, but now I have to try it. Thanks!

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  20. That is absolutely beautiful! I love the walk-thru and am pinning!! :)

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  21. Looks great! Thanks for sharing how you did it. The monogram is a great touch.

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  22. That looks wonderful! You did a great job. :)

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  23. Oh my gosh! I never knew you could make a monogram that way!! I love it! Thank you so much for the tip. Your wreath is gorgeous! :-) - Bre @ Average But Inspired

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  24. I wish I had the 'creative genius' you have! That is unbelievable how you took the "lovely" wreath and changed it into a masterpiece!

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  25. That is so beautiful! And cutting that monogram out must have been one heck of a labor of love!

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  26. That's so sick! I love how you ripped the ugly out so easily. I always see those wreaths in random stores and feel bad for them, but I had no idea they had such potential :) A lesson in not judging the book by the cover I suppose, but dang...what a great job you did!
    HAPPY SITS DAY!

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  27. Hi!
    I've had a monogram wreath on my todo list for the longest time but I've yet to find a font that I love - that's until I found yours! Can you tell me what font you used, please?
    Thanks so much,
    Orláith

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    1. Orláith, I'm so sorry I missed your comment until just now. If you go to my monogram tutorial, it walks you through everything, including the font that I used (Monogram kk sc). Good luck with your wreath!

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