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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Almost Martha

I think I did a pretty good job re-creating Martha's wreath. I was on a budget and I don't have a huge door to hang it on. For the wonderful readers of this blog I will tell you how I did it.

Supplies (from Michael's):

24 " wreath $2.99 (on sale from $4.99)
2 strands of 9' wood garland beads $2.09 each (on sale from $2.99)
wreath holder magnet for my steel door $2.99
leftover pipe cleaners from a craft project free

Total cost to me (tax not included): $10.16

I started with one strand of wood beads and attached it to the wire frame on the back of the wreath with the pipe cleaners. You could certainly use twist ties from your bread or wire or even string. I just happened to have those pipe cleaners handy from a bag of craft supplies I got free at the Y for Family Fun Week.

Start wrapping the beads around the wreath. I got mine to go around 8 times. Attach the end to the other beads or the wire frame.

Get your next strand of beads and attach them at the same place as the other strand but begin wrapping them around the wreath going in the opposite direction so they criss-cross the other strand. Attach them the same way as the others.

There you have it. My cheap-o Martha knock-off. Not as beautiful as the original but this will last me for many years and cost a fraction of the original. It's a good thing.


  1. It's lovely, Miss Christy! It looks like she used cranberries...I think the wood beads are way better! Much easier than stringing all those cranberries, and you can re-use it! You are the craftiest chica I know!

  2. Anonymous9:11 AM

    Bringing holiday cheer to Casa Nelson: Priceless

    Good job, craft queen!

  3. Good Job Christy.
    I can't wait for you to visit and help me decorate!

  4. Hey that's looks awesome!

  5. Anonymous1:59 PM

    Wow Martha, that looks fab!

  6. Anonymous4:10 PM

    That looks awesome Martha... I mean, Christy! Thanks for the inside scoop too. I never would have thought I could do a wreath for $10. Thank you!

  7. Anonymous8:03 PM

    You're totally intimidating me right now.

  8. wow your wreath is wonderful! I love it i've got to check out my micheals i wonder if they're having wonderful sales like your's!

    go you!

  9. The wreath turned out beautifully. Nice work!

  10. awesome! we might have matching wreaths soon. ;)