Is it a Wreath or a Diorama? Both!😎

OK, this is super clever if I say so myself!

I have two wreaths, that I love and have NO idea where I got them, hanging on each side of the TV. I’ve started decorating them at holidays in cute or quirky ways.

Love these cute little pumpkins for the Fall decor.

After finishing the Christmas decoration extravaganza I looked at the wreaths and thought to myself.. “Girl, they need something crazy big for this 2020 holiday!” And hand to God, I don’t know where I get these crazy ideas sometimes but sooooooo thankful I do! I am definitely a creative side of the brain person (is that a left or a right side? IDK!) Like my mom says, our family is mostly made up of those 5 out of 4 people that can’t add. 🤣

The point being here, I can’t tell you in this post how I came up with the idea so let’s just get on with how to make it, shall we?

First things first, the supplies you will need:

  1. Wreaths of your choice
  2. Tin buckets from Home Depot. They’re in the paint department. Maybe take your wreaths with you, or vice versa, so you can make sure the buckets fit well into the center of the wreaths.
  3. Little creatures and trees to create your scene. I got the wooden cut-out animals, tiny trees and wood cut-out wreath at Target. All in that great section at the front of the store full of dollar buys and scores. We allllll know what I’m talking about here (it’s Christmas time so no fibbing girlfriends — ‘you-know-who’ is listening!!). It’s the first place I head when my feet enter a Target store.
  4. Snow flakes of the fake nature. There are two kinds – plastic, irridescent flakes (my fav) or foam balls/pellets. I prefer the flake variety just because they glisten and look prettier.
  5. Spray adhesive cuz you can’t hot glue all those flakes.
  6. Glue gun
  7. Small wooden disk to mount your scene creatures on
  8. Sturdy craft wire
  9. Drill
Slide the arrows to get full pictures of the needed supplies

I ended up cutting off the wooden bases for the creatures I choose. I felt they would fit better inside the buckets. I also lopped off the tops of the trees for a better fit. I used an oscillating saw on the wooden creatures. A small hack saw will work nicely also. Hot glue your scene components to the wooden disk and set aside.

Using a drill, drill 2 small holes as shwon and thread a sturdy and sufficient length piece of wire through the holes. In hindsight, I could have used a smaller drill bit. Secure the wire together. Place a piece of duct tape over the holes to help the bucket lay flat against the hanging surface. I also used some duct tape to secure the wreaths to the bucket. (Remember that craze where kids where making all kinds of crazy stuff — like, jackets, from printed duct tape??? Yep, glad that was just a phase, right?)) Anywho…it’s very sticky and was on sale. Gee…wonder why?

Place the disk scene inside the bucket, orienting appropriately with the bucket handle, and hot glue in place. Just a side note here — do we honestly think the craft world would be where it is today wthout the invention of glue guns? I say NOT! But I digress. Again…🤷‍♀️

I spray painted the cut out wreath, it was a ‘wooden’ print and not really to my liking. Attach the cut out wreath to the real wreath using craft wire, front to back.

Using the spray adhesive, spray a thin coat along the bottom of the bucket and the disk, as shown. Let it snow!

Using your fav ribbon, make a bow (tons of tutorials on line so we’ll skip that part) and tie to the bucket handle.

Hang, stand back and marvel at your creation! You’re amazing!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful holiday season. Do something nice for a child or family in need, there are too many as always.

Take care and stay tuned for the next project!

Jennifer

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Author: Jennifer Stambek

I am one of those people that has spent their adult life saying "How hard can it be????". If you combine that with a frugalness, that is exceeded only by my younger daughter, you have a combination that is often very successful but not without its 'ooops' moments. ;-) I've never wanted to spend the money to hire a professional so I learned how to do things myself. I wanted crown molding, too expensive, so I learned how to do it. Same thing with building, landscaping, painting, lighting, sewing, yada yada -- you get where I'm going with this I'm sure. :-) I have the tools and the experience for so many projects. Through this site I am sharing my skills and lessons learned to help others develop that "How hard can it be??" spirit in your home. If you want it, have been dreaming about, lusting after your friends version, posted a million posts of it to your Pinterest board --let's make it happen and within your budget. I'm a decorator AND the creator -- no middleman markup. I'm running out of projects in my house, (short of building an addition!) so lets get to work on yours! Whether it's slipcovers, new window treatments, making that dining room table look like it DID come from RH or helping you develop your own style I would be thrilled and honored to assist!

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