To DIY For: My $6.99 Wreath

I have been watching all of my talented fellow bloggers successfully create their own versions of the GENIUS Eddie Ross DIY wreath.  So, I decided that it was time to get in on the action.

Bear with me.  This month, 7 years ago, Mr. Spark! and I were married in a historic chapel with a ton of rules and restrictions, one of which involved the exit celebration from the chapel — no bird seed, no bubbles and (definitely!) no sparklers.  So, being three days after Christmas, we decided to give our guests jingle bells to ring upon our exit.  It was as creative as we could get!

So, 7 years and 3 moves later, I had a bag full of the surviving jingle bells and decided to give the Eddie Ross wreath a try.  Here are the original bells and the ribbon, and the wire hanger:

As I tried to untwist the hanger, I decided to use a more flimsy one.  I shaped the hanger into a circle and untwisted the top.

Then I threaded the bells (and also decided to thread the ribbon) through the wire hanger:

And I quickly realized that my wreath was going to be too small:

So, during a trip to Target, I picked up a set of jingle bell ornaments ($6.99).

And then re-threaded the bells and added the new colorful bells:

Because the bells were so small, there were gaps where the wire hanger was showing:

So, I wrapped the ends of the bows around the exposed wire hanger.  Then I twisted the ends of the wire hanger together to complete the wreath.  Mr. Spark! helped me cut the excess wire:

I decided not to use a big bow — it looked too busy with the little bows.  Here is a look at the wreath on the front door.  Sorry for the poor photography — I finished this while it was already dark out!  And it’s a little too petite for the front door — the wreath will hang on the inside of my back door in the kitchen, but I couldn’t find my wreath hanger tonight and wanted to show this baby off!

I liked using the jingle bells because I didn’t have to glue the ornament tops, as is required with the original Eddie Ross wreath.  I am thrilled with my wedding momento/Christmas wreath!  🙂

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7 responses to “To DIY For: My $6.99 Wreath

  1. LOVELY! Just last night some lady bloggers and I were chattin’ on Twitter about our wreath plans for this year. I was inspired by Eddie’s – what a coincidence!

  2. What a great idea. It looks really nice and it has great sentimental value too! Happy anniversary month!

  3. Looks adorable! Great idea!

  4. Loving the wreath! It is even better with those colorful bells..way to go!!

  5. Beautiful… and you can’t beat that price!

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