Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hydrangea & Pine: A Wreath for All Seasons

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How to transform 
that $3 garage sale wreath 
you found last summer...

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reaths are not just for the holidays any more! I found the wreath below...lights and all...at a garage sale last summer. For $3, I thought I'd lug her home and see what I could do with her. She was sitting in the garage for the past however many months...beleaguered and lonely.



Are you loving the faux pointsettias? I didn't think so. When I found this basket of dried hydrangeas...all for $10...basket included...at an occasional sale in November, lightning struck...I knew what to do! I thought I'd try my luck at something crafty (definitely not my forte!).



Here is what I did...







STEP 1:

Remove the faux pointsettias. I kept the pinecones and bird in place.









STEP 2:

Move the branches apart to create an opening in which to insert the hydrangeas.








STEP 3:

Break off any unnecessary part of the stem. I took about half the length off.







STEP 4:

Insert the hydrangea blossom into the opening. Repeat steps 2-4 until you are happy with the appearance.






STEP 5:

Take the stems that you broke off in step 3 and insert them randomly around the wreath.






STEP 6:

Hang the wreath, plug it in, and enjoy!



There you have it! From faux poinsettia tacky to dried hydrangea elegant in the matter of minutes. Hydrangea and pine: a wreath for all seasons!! It will add some earthy warmth and light to WhisperWood Cottage over the wintry months with below zero temps ahead.


55 comments:

  1. Amy, you little craft dog, I love it and it looks like you spent a fortune on it! Nice way to spruce up that $3 find!
    I hope you had a nice holiday-Krista

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  2. It's just wonderful! and perfect for you to enjoy all winter long :)
    Happy New Year,
    xo,
    LuLu

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  3. So pretty. You look pretty darn crafty to me! :)
    Very elegant.
    ~Amy

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  4. I'm blown away by the fact you bought that whole basket of hydrangeas for $10...you are one savvy shopper!
    The wreath turned out gorgeous and only you and your fans know the truth...and we won't tell!
    Debbie

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  5. Your lights even work!!! Aren't you clever? I'm with Trash Talk...kuddos on the price of the hydrangeas! No wonder you are nominated for awards!

    Malisa

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  6. Great idea, Amy! Looks wonderful hanging in your room!!

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  7. Wow! It really was an uglyish duckling before and now it's a beautiful, elegant swan. Great job!!

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  8. Thank you for the great Ideas. I am new to bloggy land. I love your posts. Happy 2010
    lulu

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  9. What an amazing transformation. Really beautiful and so creative. Thanks for sharing!!

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  10. Garage sale finds are the best!

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  11. That looks gorgeous! What a great idea, and I love the hydrangeas too...
    :)

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  12. I love it, and I have a hydrangea plant in the backyard so I know what I will do with the end of the season clippings next year. THANKS FOR SHARING

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  13. Can't go wrong with dried hydrangeas anywhere!!

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous. Love hydrangeas.
    Happy New Year
    Cheri

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  15. I love hydrangeas...that is a great idea!!! I just let mine die out there in the fall =( I should have saved them.

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  16. Neat!

    I love hydrangeas...

    I just completed a "winter" wreath that I was happy with to tide me over till spring...

    http://design-aholic.blogspot.com/2010/01/flocked-winter-wreath.html

    -Amy

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  17. Very nice! What a gorgeous difference!

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  18. I love it. How long are you planning to keep it up?

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  19. I love hydrangeas and have three bushes in my yard I harvest each year! I will definitely be keeping my Christmas stick wreath now!

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  20. You can never go wrong with hydrangeas of any kind. Love your wreath. It turned out perfect, even for someone who doesn't think themself crafty. You could have fooled me. :-D

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  21. Great idea. The little bird is a nice touch. Very nice!

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  22. Amy... that is one grand transformation! Thanks for sharing... I think I'll snag this one and make it my own!

    blessing. Dixie

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  23. very nice! I love hydrangeas! I only had a few blooms on mine all summer! :(
    gail

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  24. What a pretty wreath and how clever of you! And for such a reasonable price -- looks much more expensive!

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  25. Your wreath turned out great..what a bargain you found.. hugs ~lynne~

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  26. Wow, I love that idea! I have tons of dried hydrangea hanging around... now I just need to hit the thrift shop for a cheap-o wreath!

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  27. I love the wreath. I have all the materials and will try my hand at it this week. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration.

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  28. I always love logging onto your blog. :) Wreath lover here too! And your idea is a great one! Those hydrangeas looked awesome in the basket too, so I would have had trouble which way to go on this one. :)

    Thanks for sharing your and linking up to SNS!

    FJ Donna

    p.s. love the changes you've done to the blog too :D

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  29. Your wreath is beautiful. What a wonderful idea. Thanks for always inspiring us.

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  30. It's just a truly gorgeous creation!
    Great job! :)

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  31. Beauty..love it. I am so partial to dried hydrangeas.
    tammy

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  32. Love the transformation. And I love wreaths!
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

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  33. What a great transformation. It is very cute!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  34. The evergreens and the dried hydrangeas are a perfect pairing. That could work right on through early spring- so pretty!

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  35. Great job! I love it (of course I do)! ;)

    It's so pretty!

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  36. I love it. So pretty! I just found your blog from Thrifty Decor Chick.

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  37. Great tranformation, I used some hydrangeas from my yard, on one of my Christmas trees this year, but I never thought about a wreath.
    I will be saving allot next of them next year.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  38. This is lovely! Wish I could grow these -- I may try it again this summer. Just beautiful.

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  39. Oh how I love the hydrangeas and twinkly lights! What a creative idea, Amy, thanks for linking up!

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  40. What a great transformation. Your wreath is just gorgeous..

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  41. Amy, what an amazing transformation! Your wreath is perfect for the winter months ... Those hydrangeas were truly a treasure!

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  42. That wreath is so pretty and a perfect winter decoration! I love hydrangeas fresh and dried!

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  43. So sweet! I love it! Hydrangeas have to be one of my favorite flowers- they are just 'classic' Tulips, too!

    Thanks for entering my giveaway, and goodluck! I love your blog! *followed*!! :)

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  44. Hi I'm glad to have found you and am now a follower. I have one of those sad looking wreaths in my garage right now. Love hydrangas. I crafted a wreath this week too. What fun!

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  45. I'm so glad that you joined my (tiny) little party! Thank you so much!

    I am loving the wreath, I don't know what it is about fixing something ugly into something beautiful that sets my heart a'beating but I just LOVE to see what a little work can do!

    And is there any flower in the world cooler than hydrangeas? I think not!... I wonder if they can tolerate the Texas heat? hmmm....

    Thanks again!

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  46. Cool idea! Love the way you totally altered the tacky original into something stylish! I have been on a wreath re-modeling spree myself, lately, so this was right up my street, when I saw it linked at Remodelaholic! Thanks!

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  47. This looks great. I love dried hydrangeas. Very creative winter decor!

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  48. An absolutely lovely creation - kudos to you!

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  49. Thanks so much for linking up to my first linky party. Beautiful wreath!

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