A guy at a yard sale once told me that a real estate agent told him (because all great wisdom comes from anecdotes relayed at garage sales, after all) that the front door was the most important part of a home, because it set the tone for the entire house. Is this true? Mmmm, probably questionable. But your front door is basically you’re home’s way of saying hello, and a colorful wreath is a great way to greet your visitors in style.
Plus, it’s starting to get cold out there, and while you’re hauling out the scarf and gloves, it’s just unkind to let your door stand naked all winter. So it’s really for your door’s sake that I offer these simple and cheap options for door adornment.
I’m going to present them to you starting with the one that will take you the least time.
And so: If you have all the supplies in front of you, you can whip this baby out in under ten minutes.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Styrofoam wreath form
- Skein of multi-colored yarn
- Cork letter (or substitute another accessory of your choice)
- Minimum of two straight pins
- Hot glue gun
The only trick to this is to make sure you buy multi-colored yarn if you want your wreath to be striped. This is the skein I used:
I bought this yarn simply because I liked it. I didn’t realize at the time that it would give me a perfect stripe, but that’s how things measured out, and the effect was actually much neater than I expected.
Other than that, this one’s about as straightforward as they come. Secure the beginning of the yarn to the back of the wreath with the first straight pin, wrap it all the way around, and secure the other end with the second straight pin. It’s that simple. And because you haven’t glued the yarn in place, you can theoretically reuse the wreath form in the future if you really want to. It always helps to finish a simple wreath like this off with some kind of accessory to make it a little more special. I chose a cork letter I got for a buck or so at a craft store and stuck it on with a few beads of hot glue. I also stuck a few pearl head straight pins in here and there because I happened to have them and just don’t know when to quit. I wouldn’t go out and buy some solely for this project.
Maybe the best things in life take time, but there are still some really good things that take almost no time at all. Instant macaroni and cheese is one; this wreath is another.