Guest Blogger: A Penny Saved

Hello last but not least we have Britt from A Penny Saved. I love it when I find a blog that I love their ideas so much that I start reading it from the very beginning. I found Britt a few weeks back and did just that. She is a women after my own heart…cheap as all get out…in a nice way ;-) Here are some of my favorites. Love it, Love it, Love it! Give a big IC welcome to Britt. Stop by her house and say hi.

I am so excited and flattered that Beckie asked me to contribute to her blog while she’s away. It’s such an honor! I really hope that my little tutorial meets her expectations and yours.
Since fall is now officially here, I have been working a little on my autumn decor. First up on my to-do list: new wreaths for my front doors. For those of you who don’t follow my blog, you should know that I am extremely cheap, so running to the store and spending $30 apiece on a wreath just wasn’t going to cut it. So I looked through my “idea file” and came across this amazingly easy Christmas wreath from Eddie Ross:

It’s made by bending a coat hanger into a circle and simply sliding Christmas balls onto it. It’s so easy and cheap – definitely my kind of project! So I adapted it a little for fall and here’s what I came up with:

This is such a simple project. All you need to get started is a few wire coat hangers, electrical tape, and a about 2 bunches of preserved leaves per wreath. You can buy these at Hobby Lobby or other craft stores.

Take your coat hangers and bend them into the shape you want. I wanted large square wreaths, so we (or my husband, rather) connected two hangers with electrical tape and bent them into a square.

Then I just started slipping the leaves onto the hangers, one by one, punching the end of the hanger through the middle of the leaves.

And keep adding….

Once the wreath is full of leaves, overlap the ends of the hanger and use electrical tape to connect them. Then just slide the leaves back over the tape to hide it.

You may want to go back and add a little bit of tape in intervals down the sides to keep the leaves from sliding. You can easily hide all of the tape by “fluffing” the leaves and sliding them over the tape. And there you have it!

If you want, you could tie a pretty ribbon where the wreath and your over-the-door hanger meet and tape one of the ribbon tails at the top of your door to hide the hanger.

If you wait to buy your leaves when they’re half off (like I did), you could end up spending as little as $6 per wreath! Or you might even be able to use fresh leaves collected from your yard for free. (If anyone tries this, please let me know how it works!)

I will be working on some more cheap and easy projects for fall soon, so feel free to stop by and check them out! Thanks again, Beckie, for the invitation to guest blog!





Comments

  1. Grace @ One Craft Girl's Corner says:

    Great idea to use hangers! I'm all over that!

  2. Love that is uses hangers – great idea.

  3. ilovemy5kids says:

    DARLING – I just love fall!!!

  4. WOW!! I can actually DO that!!

    And I really like that square shape… not something you see a lot.

  5. What a fabulous idea! Definitely giving this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oohhh, great idea. Congrats on a job well done! God's blessings, Sarah :D

  7. Mom in High Heels says:

    Genius! I'm glad you said where your inspiration came from because I stared at the Christmas wreath for several minutes trying to figure out where I'd seen it. If I had just read a little instead of staring, I'd have known right away. I'm so going to do the Christmas wreath this year, and I'm thinking of trying your fall wreath with real leaves. If I do, I'll let you know how it turns out. Great guest post! Now I'm off to read your blog!

  8. Wonderful idea!!! I may try this today!!!

  9. what a lovely idea:) I'm going to try this one for sure!

  10. I love them! It is very good idea to use hangers!

  11. That is SO clever!

  12. Great idea! So easy. I might just have to give it a try!

  13. Great idea! Love it! Didn't see a link to you though. I wanted to visit.

  14. Great idea for creating a wreath!

  15. Tania @ Larger Family Life says:

    Yes, this is something we'll definitely be doing!

  16. Becky @ Our Sweet Peas says:

    LOVE THIS! THANKS FOR SHARING!

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