I have had these three circle shaped metal things that came from a wooden barrel that I had planned to use for our water fountain redo. I say had planned because in the middle of redoing the fountain this barrel fell apart. Dale wanted to throw away these metal circles, I went all crafty crazy lady on him exclaiming that we have to keep them. I will use them, I never knew how. Until now! It will make the perfect base of the hanging wreath for my high and lonely ceiling.
The next step was supposed to be simple also. Use the pine cone garland and entwine it within the green garland. Making this project done super fast. But I was not so lucky. The garland did not reach all the way around the metal circle. It was time to break out my mad skills and figure out a plan B. The plan B I did not know I needed. I got there though, like I said…. mad skills.
The pine cone garland really just consisted of a long string of twine with various things wrapped around it. So I unwrapped the “various things”. One by one Dale and I spun, unwrung, pulled, looped, cursed, I think I got some glares from Dale. But we got every single piece of “stuff” off of the twine. It did take us about 30 minutes to do, but still not that difficult. It would have saved me time in the long run had I just purchased these things independently. Hey, I got a free string of twine from this. So there is always an upside!
I set the objects around the perimeter of the metal frame. Making sure they spread out evenly. I wanted them to be evenly mismatched, like nature. A completely natural wreath of greenery and pine cones in a living room. Just like nature. It does not matter if it is real nature. It is Christmas, magic is everywhere! I tied the objects onto the greenery by wrapping them with the same wires already attached and wrapped them around the wires of the green garland. Easy stuff.
I also wrapped the hardware needed to hook this into the ceiling with twine. I know, I am a little twine crazy at the moment. It has a way to make it rustic yet finished at the same time.
Here is the somewhat tricky part. It is only tricky because I do not have a evenly vaulted ceiling. It does not have a center vault. So this is hanging at an angle. One side of ropes will be longer then the other so that the wreath is straight. I looped the rope through the hanging hook. Then sliding the rope around and under the wreath. Bringing it under and over the bottom. I used a wire cable clamp to clamp the ends of the rope over the wreath.
And that is it! I know, even with my slight snafu of the pine cone garland not being long enough it was still a ridiculously simple project. And cheap. Did I mention how much I spent? No? Well then, I spent $45 total on supplies and hardware.
Don’t have a random metal circle laying around your house? A simple wreath can work for this really well too. I just used what I had. I happen to have three random metal circles from a old barrel laying around. I am THAT house. I have already used one of the other circles for another project, which will be featured in my dollar store challenge for this month. I have one left, and I never knew what I would do with any of them initially.
Never question a legit DIYer, even if I don’t have a “reason” to save something. I will find a reason, it will save me money, and it will be awesome. I am pretty sure that is the definition of DIY. Take something random, unusable, and make it usable and awesome.