August 8, 2011
Gemstone Wreath Re-Imagined
I fell in love with Centsational Girl’s Gemstone wreath awhile back. (Click here to see Centsational Girl’s version.) Last year, I decided to make this gorgeous wreath. Unfortunately, this project wasn’t as easy as I had hoped it would be.
First I bought all of my supplies: styrofoam wreath form, spray paint, glass marble gemstones and ribbon.
I began by spray-painting my Styrofoam wreath form a lovely, fall orange color. Then, in a surprising turn of events, the paint proceeded to eat the Styrofoam. Who knew spray paint would literally eat away at Styrofoam? Not this girl.
After Googling around a bit, I learned I needed to seal the Styrofoam before painting. So, I got my trusty Mod Podge and sealed the partially eaten Styrofoam. Luckily, I had only spray painted the back of the wreath form, so I didn’t have to purchase a new one.
After the Mod Podge dried, I was able to successfully spray paint my wreath. Score!
(Let’s pretend the spray paint in the above photo is orange. K?)
Then, it was as simple as hot gluing the marble gemstones on the wreath.
I’ll admit this took a bit longer than anticipated, but totally easy. Especially if you’re watching TV.
Just like that my wreath was done.
It wasn’t until I tried to pick the wreath up that I noticed it weighed about 20 pounds. (I may be exaggerating the weight a bit, but it was HEAVY.) I trudged on and tested it on my wreath hanger on the door.
“This could work,” I foolishly thought to myself. The husband wholeheartedly disagreed and said it would not work, but I persevered.
I had made this wreath for my ladies-only brunch last year. So, the night before the brunch, I hung the wreath on the door, said a little prayer and went to bed.
The next morning, I found my wreath in a million pieces all over the floor. My lovely, fall-inspired wreath didn’t make it. The husband was right again.
Did I let this deter me from making another wreath? Of course not.
In November, I made my mother a wreath like this for her birthday and cautioned her to absolutely not, not matter how sturdy you think your wreath hanger is, hang this on your door. This wreath is meant to simply look pretty leaning against something.
She appreciated the beauty of the wreath, but without a designated place to lean the wreath, it ended up on the floor leaning against a wall for the Christmas season. Not exactly what I had pictured. But, did I let that stop me from making another of these beauties? Of course not. In fact, I attempted another one this week.
However, I’m not calling it a wreath anymore. I’m calling it a centerpiece. Or a candle holder. Or a centerpiece candle holder. Or a tabletop wreath. You get the idea. Basically, I’ve re-imagined the concept of the gemstone wreath.
This smaller version would look lovely on a table as a centerpiece or candle holder. I want to put a mirror under it and then put a candle inside. I see about a million possibilities for these smaller beauties, and I can’t wait to experiment with more colors and decorations.
And you better believe I’ll be experimenting with this “wreath” for my ladies-only brunch again this year. This time, though, I think I’ll take the vertical concept of this wreath and apply it to the horizontal. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!