DIY Christmas: A gorgeous pearl wreath for your front door

It’s been quite the crafty weekend at my house! The hubs actually told me that he’s going to take my hot glue gun away – I think he might be a little tired of having our kitchen island taken over by crafting supplies. But it’s all in the name of good decorating – and good blogging – so I think he’s just going to have to learn to embrace the craftiness. At least, that’s what this little mama thinks he should do.

Today’s project: a pearl wreath for my front door inspired by this Pinterest Pin. PINpinPIN. Love me some pinning, especially during middle of the night feedings. The problem with the inspiration project was that it was just going to be way too tedious – what with having to individually glue on all of those little pearls and all. So here’s my modified – and might I add beautiful – creation du jour.

First, you’re going to wrap a foam wreath form with your choice of ribbon. I got this beautiful sparkly champagne number on sale at the craft store last week – and yes, it’s the same one I used for the DIY Christmas trees. Use a hot glue gun to start and end the project (aka to attach the ends to the form), other than that you don’t need to go overboard with the glue-ing.

Next, I cut up eight of these pearl “sticks” (from the floral department at the craft store, four in pearl white and four in champagne) so that I could use pieces of them at a time…

Cut down to twig sized pieces above.

I noted where I wanted to start – my finger is pointing to where the ribbon will eventually go to attach this to the door hanger. I started placing the pearl twigs with the “twig” portion pointing away from where the ribbon will go. This will ensure that there are no twig pieces showing when the project is completed. The pieces are attached via hot glue gun from the base of the twig to the ribbon.

To achieve the right mix of pearl and champagne colored…pearls, I started alternating placement. Since the middle section above is the pearl white, My next step will be to apply some champagne colored pearls behind, below and above it.

It doesn’t need to be perfect and you can play with the arrangement as you go. Since the pearls are attached by wire to the twig, it’s easy to bend them to achieve the right placement once you’ve actually glued them to the ribbon.

Work your way all the way around the wreath, alternating colors until you get back around to the top. Make sure to leave space at the top of the wreath for your ribbon!

Attach your ribbon and place on your door. Eye catching, no?

I’m super happy with how it turned out! Start to finish this project should take about forty-five minutes. Unless of course, you’re interrupted multiple times throughout it’s creation by your baby/children/dog/hubby for their various needs, in which case…it could take some time. Not that I have experience with that or anything.

Happy crafting!

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{ 12 comments… add one }

  • Alexandra November 5, 2012, 10:54 am

    Oh, it looks amazing! I love how it glitters :) I will try to do it on my own, after babysitting hours…

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    • Cortney November 6, 2012, 5:35 pm

      Haha definitely easier when the kids are in bed!

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  • This Busy Life November 5, 2012, 8:23 pm

    This is project inspired me to begin a Here Comes Christmas board at Pinterest.

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    • Cortney November 6, 2012, 5:35 pm

      I love it! Christmas projects are so fun :)

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  • kirstie@bonhomie November 7, 2012, 6:01 pm

    it’s beautiful!! Actually more to my style than the original ;-)

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    • Cortney November 13, 2012, 2:09 pm

      Haha thanks! I think it turned out pretty well – and it was easier than the original inspiration :)

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  • OneMommy November 8, 2012, 1:50 am

    That turned out really pretty!
    I just got a bunch of foam wreaths from Target for 50 cents each… Didn’t know then what I’d do with them, but I think I have an idea now!

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    • Cortney November 13, 2012, 2:07 pm

      Oh nice, I didn’t know they had them at Target! I will have to look the next time I”m there – that’s a great deal!

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  • Dawn November 8, 2012, 4:54 pm

    Beautiful wreath!! My girls are starting to get more into crafts too. I don’t have a hot glue gun yet (notice I said yet :) ) But the honey wouldn’t try to take it away from me, I have a defense – I could tell him I would take away his XBox 360 and it would end the whole idea of him taking it away lol!

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    • Cortney November 13, 2012, 2:06 pm

      Thanks!! Hot glue guns are awesome. They’re not expensive at all and you can do a lot of different crafty things with them. I initially bought it to re-upholster some chairs that I got off of Craigslist a year ago – YES, re-upholster. They turned out pretty awesome! But the glue gun has been quite handy for other things too – even fixing a wooden frame that fell off of my bedroom wall and cracked!

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  • shari lynne @ faith filled food for moms November 9, 2012, 1:55 pm

    LOVE it Cortney! How creative and wow good for you to make time to do something creative with a new baby!
    Blessings!

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    • Cortney November 13, 2012, 2:03 pm

      Haha thanks Shari! I have to do SOMETHING productive with my time, right?

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