I have a colorful post for you today… I challenged myself to try to revive two boxwood wreaths that have been hanging on my front and side doors since Christmas. I wanted to make them into Spring Easter wreaths. They used to be glossy deep green and lush.
They are still full in shape, but lost their color. (My front door is going to be getting a new coat of paint and some shiny new hardware this month, so please ignore the peeling paint – it will be history soon.)
I really liked the size and fullness of the wreaths, so instead of throwing them out, I decided to pretend I was back on the job as a display designer and be resourceful and use only what I had on hand to revive them for Spring.
I spray painted them. I was going to use a cool mossy green texture paint, but it didn’t adhere to the leaves.
So instead, I used Key Lime Green Rustoleum paint. It covered beautifully. After painting them, I could have left the wreaths just plain, but I wanted to see more spring color on them.
I found some fake forsythia in my basement stash and added it to one wreath.
Then I went up to the attic and brought down a big box of plastic Easter eggs. I have a lot! When my daughters were growing up it seemed like the eggs multiplied every year, just like rabbits. I chose 6 of each color to add to the wreath for the front door.
I simply hot glued and smooshed the eggs onto the wreath. Once the glue was cool, I hung it on my front door. I figure it will last until Easter and then I can remove the eggs and put the wreath in the compost bin.
Side Door Wreath
For the side door wreath, I made a bow by looping all the scraps of pink ribbon I had. Remember I was challenging myself to be resourceful and use only what I had on hand. I like the way the pink looks with the lime green painted wreath. It has a “preppy vibe”. I made a bunch of ribbon loops and hot glued them on top of each other.
I found a gold pin in my buckle stash.
One bow looked a little wimpy all by itself, so I made two smaller bows with the rest of the ribbon I had to go on each side of it. I didn’t have a lot, but I made the small amount of ribbon work. I kept the motto I learned when I worked in display in my mind as I worked – There is always a way to get the job done… you just may have to do it differently then originally intended….there is no right or wrong as long as you like what you create.
The wreaths may not be perfect, but I have extended their life at least for another few weeks.
I am off to Des Moines Iowa to take part in the Final Four of the March Makeover Madness Challenge. On Thursday I will be making over a dresser at the Better Homes and Gardens headquarters. I will be posting all throughout the trip on Instagram.
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