A Fall Wreath and the First Pin It or Make It Linkup Party

I shared this easy-peasy project last week over at Organize and Decorate Everything.  Just in case you missed it, here’s how I made the wreath that is hanging on my front door right now.

Maybe a more appropriate introduction for today’s post would be, “Hi, I’m Ruth, and I’m a Pin-aholic.”  Seriously, I have a bit of an obsession with Pinterest.  (Never heard of it?  Read my Pinterest tutorial.)  I’ve pinned over a thousand 00h-I-just-can’t-wait-to-do-this kinds of things that I’ve found online, and I know you’ve read my weekly “5 Things I Pinned this Week” posts.

So, I thought it was high time for me to quit pinning and get busy working on one of those thousand ideas I’ve collected.  My inspiration?  This pin:

I’m a sucker for wreaths made from things that were never meant to be wreaths (loved this), so I knew that I had to have something like this on my door, pronto.  While the inspiration piece was made from a vintage ceiling medallion, I was pretty sure I could save myself the drive downtown to an architectural salvage warehouse if I stopped by my local hardware store, first.

Sure enough, I found the perfect faux-medallion.  The one thing that surprised me?  The price.  It was over 26 buckaroos–way more than I’m used to spending on door decor.  I tried another local hardware store and found that the ceiling medallions they had were only $6….and bigger, too.  I brought both medallions home and did a side-by-side comparison.

When I compared the two, I discovered that while I loved the price of the $6 medallion, it really only looked like a $6 plastic medallion.  It was thinner and didn’t have great embellishments.  The more expensive medallion actually did look more substantial and was a better size for my door.  Finding a forgotten $10 Home Depot gift certificate in my glove box sealed the deal–I returned the cheaper medallions and let Home Depot take $10 off the purchase price of the original medallion.

I justified that $17 purchase by selecting a neutral color of paint for the medallion.  While I loved the bright color in my inspiration pin, I knew that I could get way more mileage out of my own wreath if I painted it with this simple Rustoleum Heirloom White.

I put on my gloves and sprayed away.  The medallion was painted in a matter of seconds.

While the paint dried on the medallion, I surveyed what I had available for ribbon and trims.  These wide ribbons were just the thing, and I thought I could have some fun with the tassels, too.  (I found the very wide ribbons right next to the tassels in my Hobby Lobby’s upholstery fabrics section.)

Once the paint had dried on the medallion, I had a lot of fun playing with different combinations of my ribbons and trim.

This iridescent aqua and creamy yellow combo looks great with the other colors on my porch, right now.

A muted rust color that’s perfect for fall.

And I thought black would really be stunning with the heirloom white medallion at Halloween–with these pretty orange leaves or maybe even some feathers.

Switching out the various ribbons and trims for each look was a cinch.  I simply looped 2 yards of ribbon around the top of the medallion, and tied it right onto the wreath hanger that hangs over my door.  I added in different accessories before I tied the bow.

To get tassles to hang inside the medallion, I pushed the ribbon through the loop of the tassle before tying the ribbon on.  

If I needed my tassel to have a shorter lenghth, I just tied a little knot in the loop.  The knot was concealed by the wide ribbon. 

I think my favorite combination ended up being the aqua ribbon with autumn leaves.  It’s the perfect look for early fall.  (This is the way I have it on my door, for now.)

This is undoubtedly the priciest craft project I’ve ever displayed on this li’l blog ‘o mine.  I usually try to keep my projects well under the $10 mark.  After seeing how simple and fun it is to switch out the ribbons and accessories, I’ve decided that in this case, I made a worthwhile investment.  I feel much more comfortable paying more for the medallion I liked, knowing that I can quickly change the look of the wreath for almost any holiday or season.

Which of these is your favorite?

Click HERE to view the sites I’m linking to, this week, including:

Tutorials and Tips
Todays Creative Blog
Visit thecsiproject.com
The Idea Room
Just think how much fun I can have with my new wreath at Christmastime!  I’m envisioning a cluster of glass balls with that bow, up there.

Feel free to check out my Pinterest boards and see what other ideas I’m dwelling on, over there.

Welcome to the Very First Pin It or Make It Link Party!

For more information on this party, click HERE.

Now it’s time to linkup to the Pin It or Make It Party.  I’ve showed you mine, you show me yours!  Just grab a button to put on your blog, and click on the button below to create your linkup.  The only rules?  The post you link up must feature either a few of the pins you’ve added to your Pinterest account recently, OR be a project you created based on pins that inspired you.  (Please give credit where it is due!)  And remember, have fun and mingle at this party!

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  1. Cool! I’ve seen ceiling medallions used for wall art, but never for a wreath. Looks good!

  2. this is a great idea! it really stinks when your great idea has a higher $$ than what you planned on…but well worth it i think! i am really liking pinterest right now too, but trying hard not to become an “aholic”! i cannot afford another addiction!

  3. Hi, I hope you don’t mind that I shared you project on my blog today! Thanks, Laura


  4. Love this…and fun for all seasons!! Fellow Pinterest addict here :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  5. Its so pretty! I love the blue ribbon with the orange of the leaves. How clever you are.

  6. I love this idea and will definitely try it. I have used the medallions as wall decor also.

  7. Beautiful! That’s one of the pins I want to make too! I love all your seasons displayed and your ribbons look so rich. Thanks for more inspiration!

  8. VERY cute – I agree with your decision to return the cheaper pendant. My mom always told me cheaper isn’t always better – very good display of that! I love those pendants – so versatile! I love how you switched it out with ribbon and embellishments as well… how cute would that be for Valentines Day, or a birthday party? Adorable.

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