Stilettos and Diapers: DIY: Spruce Alphabet Wreaths, Ballard Design Style

11.29.2012

DIY: Spruce Alphabet Wreaths, Ballard Design Style

After realizing that a good chunk of our Christmas decorations were washed away by hurricane Sandy, I started looking for some new ones. One night, I found myself folding down almost every corner of the Ballard Design magazine to show the hubs. One of my favorite things, was their Spruce Alphabet Wreaths.

My mind started whirling and I whisked the boys off for a trip to Michaels. In a couple hours, these were hanging on my front door. 
It really was an easy craft. What I used:

1 - 36" piece of styrofoam 
$14.99 at Michaels, used a 60% off 1 item coupon.
1 - Spruce Wreath for the "O"
$3.99 at Michaels
3 - 9' pieces of wired spruce garland 
$2.99 x 3 at Michaels
Small decorations, if desired
The Celebrate It brand was 50% off and I spent less than $3 total on them. 
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First, measure and draw a line to split the styrofoam in half. This will make 2 18" pieces.
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I freehanded the "J" and the "Y" and then redrew until I was happy with the size and spacing.
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Using an exacto knife, cut along your lines. 
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I used a big kitchen knife for the deeper cutting. Not advised! It was hard. And my knife is dull now. Go with a bigger razor blade or a knife made for cutting styrofoam.
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Then, you'll have the "J" and the "Y" ready to wrap. 
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Then you just get to wrapping. Don't fuss too much about exposed styrofoam, because you can move the pieces around to cover it. I cut the third piece of garland in half, twisted it right onto the piece already wrapped, and kept going. 
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This is what mine looked like, wrapped without any decorations. That is how they're sold at Ballard Design. 
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Then I added the little sprigs of color. I bought the pine cones and golden ball mixes in the earlier picture, but I liked them just like this, so I left those off. 
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I just used Command strip hooks and hung them on a piece of the garland that I looped in the back. 

And there you have it! Mine are a bit fuller, so you could cut the styrofoam a little more narrow to achieve a thinner look. 


13 comments:

  1. Super cute! What a great idea! I love getting similar styles for less!



    =)


    Brooke

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  2. Love it! I have a window in our dining room I can put this!

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  3. CUTE!!! Also... love your zebra socks that you're sporting.. :)

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  4. I really like this! And, it looks so easy!

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  5. That is so cute!!!! I haven't seen anything like that.

    Apparently I'm behind on blogging and didn't realize you were affected by Sandy. I hope it wasn't too bad for you :/

    I have a new spin off blog with a fun kiddie Christmas giveaway going on at http://themushymommy.blogspot.com

    Have a wonderful holiday season!

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  6. Not saying that it isn't super adorable b/c it is.. And I'm probably going to make my own this weekend.

    But what I kept noticing are those ADORBS zebra socks.. Didn't someone amazing gift those at Blissdom one year?

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  7. This is the best DIY project I've seen all day. They really don't look homemade (in the best way possible). I would have sworn you bought them. I wish I had a crafty bone in my body or an ounce of patience.

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  8. So gorgeous! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Tuesday - Saturday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  9. These are adorable, but more importantly, I love that you look fabulous even while doing crafts. Nice touch ;-)

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