Sunday, January 31, 2010

Quick, Easy & Cheap Heart Wreath

Today's the day- my house is a total disaster (though, with 3 kids, that's not new), and the living room is over run with taken down, yet to be packed away Christmas decorations. We even got the decorations that were outside down (thanks Nick!). Go us!

Psst... if you think YOUR house is messy, you haven't seen THIS yet:

Click on it to enlarge and play a rousing game of I Spy!

While I was taking stuff down, I remembered I had a stash of post-Christmas goodies in my closet, so I sorted out the things that are gifts for next year, from the items that are just decorations. In my stash were 2 candy canes from Dollar Tree.

Inspiration hit when I had to lay them at an angle to get them in the box. They formed a heart. Oh, love it! They are red and white, but not striped, more of a mix. They are just as adorable as can be in the shape of a primitive heart.

I bemoaned that I only bought 2, especially since they had them in solid red as well. Oh, well, next year, right? Anyway, as I sat there thinking of my misfortune, I thought... Why can't I just use these two? DUH! Yes, a blonde moment (I'm naturally blonde, but should have been a natural red head- true story.)

I quickly took time out for crafting. ;) All I did was use two white pipe cleaners- 1 to tie the curved tips together, and 1 to tie the ends together. Then, I had some red and silver ribbon left over from my Ribbon & Tulle Heart Wreath, so I grabbed it- just enough for an easy bow, with streamers long enough to wrap around it.

I am in love with it, and I have a wreath that can be put outside.

It cost me $1 for 2 candy canes (50% off at DT), and I got the ribbon for $1 at Goodwill, but most of it went to my other heart wreath, so maybe $.30 worth of ribbon.

End total? $1.30 for a super cute, kind of primitive looking heart wreath!

Just last night, I was looking at heart shaped wreath forms at HobLob, and cringing at the thought of spending $2.79 for the TINY one. I didn't even bother to look at the full size ones. Too pricey.

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Veronica said...

Cute simple and cheap. I love it.

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

Very Cute! Love the idea!

Crafty Sisters said...

That turned out really cute! I think I have two candy canes from the dollar store laying around somewhere in my garage!

Good job!

the thrifty ba said...

i so relate to that mess...cute door wreath!

Expressions by Heather said...

Thank you everyone! I have another Christmas-made-into-Valentine decoration for tomorrow. ;)

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Jeanette said...

That is too cute and I love the cheap!

Unknown said...

cute wreath, but I REALLY appreciate sharing the home pics. I feel SO much better. I still have a room full of Christmas stuff, yet to be packed away. Bless your heart.

Expressions by Heather said...

You are very welcome, Colleen! I see so many gorgeous homes featured on blogs, and think... "Wow, no way I am EVER showing off what my house REALLY looks like!" ;)

So Sunny Day said...

that is too cute for words! how ceative :)

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

Beansieleigh said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this, and am wishing I bought more candy canes now!!.. I love your photo too! I think I saw WALDO in there!! (0; Cute idea! ~tina

Renanda said...

Such a cool idea! Wish I had a few candycanes now.

Julianna said...

Such a great idea!