Making a cardholder wreath out of vintage Christmas lights and sprucing up last year's holiday wreath

Making a cardholder wreath out of vintage Christmas lights and sprucing up last year's holiday wreath

Recently, I've had fun making one card-holding wreath and sprucing up a paper wreath I made to decorate our front door last Christmas.

First about the card-holder: I was inspired by a bag of vintage, brightly colored Christmas-light bulbs I bought at an estate sale for a couple bucks. I knew I wanted to make them into a wreath, after being inspired by this photo years ago.

To start, I cut a wreath-shape out of foam board. As you can see in the photo, it wasn't a perfect circle. I did trim it to be a little rounder, but it wasn't perfect and you can't really tell.

Blog PhotoAs I played around with the bulbs, I realized I didn't have anough to circle the whole thing. Then I remembered a clothespin wreath for holding Christmas cards I saw on Pinterest. I decided to use about 10 clothespins with the bulbs to make something similar.

I spray painted the clothespins glossy white and let them dry. I used hot glue to wrap the foam board wreath in black ribbon, then hot glued the bulbs and white clothespins. I was careful to make sure the clippy end of the clothespins faced out for the best possible card display.

It wasn't too much work, and it looks so cool. I've always loved the looked of starbust-style wreaths but never made one until now. Just to have a place to put it, I hung it on our blue front door, which really made the colored bulbs pop.

I recently moved it inside, though, after sprucing up that green paper wreath I made last year. It faded badly lBlog Photoast year, but I still love its shape and texture. In an effort to save it, I spritzed it unevenly with white spray paint to make it look snowy. (That was after I dusted the wreath with canned air, by the way.) Sometimes, you just have to experiment.

After it dried, I moved it to our front door and I think it looks great. I don't plan to add the chalkboard to the bottom, as I did last year.

So - there you have it - two relatively easy holiday wreaths. So far, it's the only Christmas decorating I've done.

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