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Sep 01

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Harvesting Gourds Wreath CHEAP Copy


August brings many happy items to my mailbox.  The September issue of Vogue.  Ahhhhh….




Grandin Road’s Halloween Haven 2013.


I’m flipping through the pages and thinking and planning and ….. SCREECH…  you want WHAT?!?!?!



[image from Grandin Road]


$359 dollars for a WREATH?!?!!?  No detail overlooked.  I get it.  But HELLO?!?!?  You are kidding me, right?  THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE DOLLARS FOR A WREATH???????


Grandin Harvest Wreath


Hello trip to Michael’s and 40% coupon.




First, I wrapped a Styrofoam wreath in burlap to give it a base.




I have never made this kind of wreath before and had no idea where to start.  So I tied some ribbons….




… and kept tying and making bows.  I used hot glue to secure the ribbon.




I was a bow making crazy woman!  I made a bow, and then folded it back over and glued it again.




Until it seemed to be mostly covered.




To make the face gourds, I started with white spray paint on your standard cheapy plastic gourds.




I quote from the description of the expensive wreath, “resin gourds with faces have been lovingly and meticulously designed by a master sculptor…”


These gourds with faces have been lovingly and meticulously designed by MY FAMILY.




Much more precious than a master sculptor, don’t you think?




For the accent gourds, I spray painted with lime green, and then dotted on the white circles.




Instead of the harvest hat, I went with a small swag with a little bling.  Fortunately, I was able to stick it through the ribbon and it fit perfectly.




This is from someone who can’t sew a button.  I took one of those needle thingies and some wire and stuck it through the gourds and then tied it around.




I’m sure there is a more official DIY way to do this, but I’m an amateur and swinging by the cuffs of my pants.  And I know all of you superstar crafty ladies are cringing with my hack job but hey… a beginner has to start somewhere right?!?!?!




I also added a couple blingy butterflies.




How cute is this swag?!?!?!



Added a bow on top and it is now the fall centerpiece on the door.

Harvesting Gourds Wreath Cheap Copy DIY


A close up of the master crafted family gourds.




Ok… ok… I know it’s not E.X.A.C.T.L.Y like the $359 dollar wreath, but for me and my DIY clutziness, don’t you think it turned out super cute (and relatively close)?


Grandin Harvest Wreath


Harvesting Gourds Wreath Cheap Copy DIY


And for minimal dollars and a few hours of effort, it was a lot of fun to make.




Love, hugs, and… $359.00…. seriously???




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  1. Jenna

    Very creative Holly!! How many do you think they sell at $359? That’s ridiculous!! Yours looks great!

    1. Holly

      Hi Jenna – Thank you for your kind words and a compliment like that from you is like a compliment from Martha Stewart! Hugs, Holly

  2. lorraine williamson

    hi I’ve been planning on doing a wreath I like yours thanks for some other tips now following you from monday hop I’m lorraine at

    1. Holly

      Hi Lorraine – Thanks for visiting. I tried to stress how much of a beginner I am at this, and not sure of your skills, but if I can pull it off, anyone can! Hugs, Holly

  3. Jennifer

    Awesome! It turned out great. I couldn’t pay that much for a wreath either!!

    1. Holly

      Hi Jennifer – Thanks for visiting! Hugs, Holly

  4. T'onna

    Cute wreath! I like the faces you painted! lol And I like the bright colored ribbons you used. Thanks for linking up at Submarine Sunday!!

    1. Holly

      Thanks T’onna! Catch you tomorrow and hope you are feeling better. Hugs, Holly

  5. The Tablescaper


    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

    1. Holly

      Thanks so much and thanks for hosting! Hugs, Holly

  6. Susan

    I have been stunned by the price of wreaths too. How clever you are to create such a cute one.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

    1. Holly

      Howdy Susan and Bentley – Thank you for your kind words. This was a big undertaking for me and although it’s not “exact”, I was very pleased with how it turned out. Hugs, Holly

  7. Kathy

    Wow, that’s an incredible price for a wreath – I think yours is so much more fun!
    I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

    1. Holly

      Hi Kathy – Thank you for your kind words, we had a lot of fun making it. Hugs, Holly

  8. brooke

    What a fun wreath! and I do like the price much better!! Thank you for linking up Hope to see you again tonight!!


    1. Holly

      Hi Brooke, thank you for your kind words and for hosting. See you soon! Hugs, Holly

  9. Cathy

    TGIF Link Party is live! YOU WERE FEATURED! Come on by and link up all your favorite posts!
    Happy Friday!

    1. Holly

      Hi Cathy – You are so sweet, thank you for the feature! Hugs, Holly

  10. April

    Love all the ribbons and color! Thanks for linking up to the “Get Your DIY On” Link up party! Hope to see your thrifty upcycle project on Sunday! :) – April

    1. Holly

      Hi April – Thanks so much and wouldn’t miss it! My thrifty upcycle even came with dead bugs LOL!!! Hugs, Holly

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