There’s something to be said for saving something special; for revamping instead of recycling, for fixing up instead of throwing out. I originally created this spring wreath during a sad time in my life, hoping that creating would take away that sting. Every day I’d come home to an empty house that I so desperately hoped to someday fill with kids and happy chaos, and would pick up a glue gun or paint brush to fill that void instead. It was a time when I needed spring to arrive, both outside and in my soul. And then, miraculously, it did. Amidst that happy chaos this wreath came out each spring but after a few years started looking worse for the wear, and eventually was tucked away and stored in the deep dark recesses of my basement as I simply ran out of time to fix it.
Recently during this other long winter I pulled it out and started to place it in the trash. But then those memories came back, and I wondered if I could revamp and revive it a bit. The original wreath is made from a grapevine wreath, reindeer moss, speckled craft eggs, and a few craft feathers. Among my craft stash, I found another bag of reindeer moss and some eggs that had fallen off, plus grabbed some wide edge ribbon.
I got to hot gluing and only burned my fingers about 78 times.
I scrounged around in my ribbon pile and found rope– perfect!
But even after all that, it needed a little sumpthin’ sumpthin’ so I found this material in the floral department at Joann (not sure what to call it? berries?) and hot glued that on for the finishing touch.
And a wide ribbon as a simple way to hang it.
DONE! And it only cost me $1 for the berry thing at Joann since I had everything else on hand.
It feels good to save something that used to mean so much, and have my kids watch as I hot glued myself to the wreath while trying to fix it. My daughter seriously stood over me the ENTIRE time, and it wasn’t until after we hung it on the door that the significance of that hit me like a ton of reindeer moss.
Happy spring, everyone. I hope you find whatever it is you need after such a long winter! And if it happens to be a wreath you need, I hope this easy tutorial will help you get there. 😉