Rustic Wooden Wreath

Ok, so I realize that most of you don’t have an old small green barrel hanging around in your barn, but you could definitely re-use or recycle any other type of old wood like shutter slats, shims or lathing to create this rustic wooden wreath.

Country Wreath on Door PM

This is my kind of greenery-the kind that will last forever-despite my desperate lack of a green thumb. Case in point: this woeful poinsettia has been in my house for just a few days…

Dead Poinsettia This small barrel was in pieces, and short of tossing it in the trash, I needed to come up with some useful way to use the wood.

Old Barrel Staves for Wreath

Since it was green anyway, I figured “what the heck, I’ll make a wreath!” Here’s the how I did it:

1. The iron ring that was holding the barrel together (until it wasn’t holding the barrel together) was the perfect circular form for the wreath base. The staves had little slits at the bottom that the ring fit into. I laid them out in the circle pattern that I liked.

Barrel Staves with Wire Hoop

2. Used my trusty electric stapler to secure the ring into the slots all the way around on the back side of the wreath to form the circle.

Wreath Fixation with Staples

3. Filled in the slits with hot glue all the way around, securing the iron ring into place in the slits. If your wood pieces don’t have slits, just glue into place.

Barrel Stave Wreath Adding Glue to Slots

4. To neaten the appearance, I cut small pieces of black foam core board and glued them into place over the glue-filled slits.

Barrel Wreath Fiberboard Backing

5. Since the wood pieces did not entirely cover the iron ring, I needed something to cover the gaps. Cut some burlap into small pieces and knotted in between each stave all the way around.

Barrel Wreath Burlap Bows

6. Created a bow with some more burlap cut into strips, along with a swag of greens and bright red berries to contrast the green wood.

Rustic Wreath Burlap Bow

7. Added a wire ring on the back for hanging.

Rustic Wreath Wire Hanger

8. Hung the wreath on the front door. Took a photo of the wreath on my front door.

Country Wreath on Door PM

Took the wreath to the Vintage Thymes Market, sadly leaving my front door blank. Sold the wreath at the market.

Barrel Wreath At Vintage Thymes Market PMNow I have to make a new wreath. Sigh. Susan

Comments

  1. Looks really great Susan! You are just so talented!!

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