How often have you seen those ever so pretty pictures in a magazine and thought ‘Wow! That would look awesome at my place’. Then you go and collect the million dollars worth of materials (the excess of which you may never use again) and attempt the ‘easy’ craft. These are what we like to call crafting or Pinterest fails. I have had plenty of them, trust me. There are people who make a very big habit of promoting how poorly their projects turned out. I’ve just stopped attempting a lot of them.
Then the other day, I picked up a Better Homes and Gardens magazine. There, in blazing beauty, right on the front cover, was a succulent wreath. Sure, I thought. Looks pretty, but really, how can plants survive like that? Nothing survives without water forever. But that magazine cover taunted me. C’mon, you can make me. It won’t take much. And so, I caved.
Eventually, I gave in. With my half off coupon in hand, I ventured into Michael’s and found the prescribed grapevine wreath. I was actually shocked at how inexpensive they really are – the regular price on this one was $4.99. Then I scoured my local dollar store for teeny A tiny clay pots. Wouldn’t you know it the really small ones are sold in bundles of 3 or 4 for $2? Bonus. And my procrastination paid off in the plant department, too. By the time I got around to making this wreath, the greenhouses were deeply discounting their plants. A 12-pack tray could be had for less than $6.
I did have some covered wire left from my Christmas mason jar project, but if you have to buy a roll yourself, it will most likely be your biggest single cost. The burlap I used was trimmed off the roll we use to wrap one of our new shrubs during the winter. The roll is around 2 feet wide. I cut four strips, each about 6” wide off and wrapped and tucked them around the wreath. And while you don’t need fancy potting soil, I prefer to use the moisture retaining kind. I keep a bag of it around to help my potted plants survive on the days when I forget to water them.
This entire project came in at under $15 with very little leftover to clutter up the house. I was able to complete with (with the kids running around) in just over an hour. To water this, I take it down and thoroughly soak the entire thing, let it dry, then hang it up again. It is good to go for another 2-3 weeks, depending on weather and location.
So, now it’s your turn. Have those check out line magazines been taunting you, too? Have you dared to try any of the projects? Did they turn out? Let me know in the comments below. I look forward to hearing about them!