And I was inspired (apparently like many other bloggers, too!).
I couldn't wait to get to Dollar Tree and pick out stuff to make a wreath - but once I did, I felt like it needed something ... more.
Like a monogram.
I found a cardboard monogram letter M at the craft store that same day, and quickly snagged it for the wreath for a measly $1.50. Then I lugged all the stuff home and got to work, and a couple hours later I made this:
Cute, huh? I searched through the Christmas decor in storage for about an hour to find the magnet wreath-hanger thing so we could stick it on our door with pride.
It looked super-cute as we left for work on Monday... but guess what we came home to?
The wreath MELTED.
What was once this:
Is now this:
Our only guess is that the sun heated up the metal door, and the heat had nowhere to escape to since we have a storm door in front - so it created a greenhouse-type effect and REHEATED the hot glue.
We came home to a pile of fake leaves and flowers re-glued to the front door, storm door, and the floor.
At first I was a little sad, but then I looked at the poor pitiful wreath and I couldn't help but laugh. Who would've thought the wreath would MELT? Hahaha, not me, that's for sure! And then I thought about Barley - the world's worst guard dog, who barks at the fridge and a/c unit - and then I was REALLY laughing, imagining the sounds of glue and falling flowers hitting the door/floor all day and his reaction.
For now the wreath is sitting safely out of the sun, still looking pitiful, but hey - at least it's not actively melting anymore and the glue has dried. Perhaps later I'll have the energy to redo the whole thing and hang it somewhere else - over the large mirror in the dining room, maybe? I'll let you guys know when I do.
I know I promised you a tutorial - and I feel kinda bad doing a tutorial on something that could possibly MELT, but a promise is a promise (plus I have all these pretty pictures, for now the only lasting memory of the pretty wreath.. haha).
SO - here's the deal: IF you follow this tutorial you have to PROMISE ME that you will NOT HANG YOUR WREATH IN THE SUN! Okay? You promise? You SWEAR not to hang it in the sun?
Unless of course you get kicks out of watching a wreath melt, or imagining the antics of your puppy as he hears the glops of glue hitting the door and probably runs around the house barking and growling like we were getting robbed.
How to Make a Cheap & Easy Monogram Wreath (for under $15)! Plus - it even MELTS!
From the Dollar Tree I bought:
2 leafy garland things (I only used 1)
2 bags of individual leaves (I only used 1)
3 bouquets of flowers (I only used half)
1 wheat bouquet
2 sunflower stalks
1 18" wreath form
From the craft store I bought 1 large monogram chipboard/cardboard type letter thing.
Once I got it all home, I dumped everything on the table and hooked up my hot glue gun. I started with leaves that I pulled off the leafy autumn vine thingy and began gluing them on at random. Then I took the separate leaves and glued those down, as well.
Then I began gluing the flowers on, and it was time to do the monogram. I went searching in the basement and came up with some spray paint primer - so I did a quick coat of that, and then I found some sample paint I got for free awhile ago.
In yellow. Score.
It was a Glidden paint tester, in color "Refreshing Mimosa". I painted it on with the attached brush, and it was so easy! Much like using nail polish, actually.
I put on 2 coats and let it dry overnight.
Then I had to figure out how to attach it to my wreath. Tom had the bright idea of snapping a paint stir stick in two and using that to prop up the M - and it worked! I just glued down the paint stick really well, and then glued the M onto the stir stick parts.
And there you have it! A cheap, chic and unique fall wreath.
Just be sure to keep it out of the sun, mmm'kay?