DIY Christmas Wreath – East Coast Creative

Hey friends!
We are so excited to be blog swapping with the girls from East Coast Creative today!  We had the privilege of meeting this blogging duo in Georgia last year, and hit it off from the start!  They are fun, sweet girls with a passion for DIY just like Ash and I!  Take a look at this fun Christmas wreath they shared with us.  When you are finished, make sure to check out the fun project I shared with their readers, and so many more great ideas over at East Coast Creative!
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Hi there! We’re Jess and Monica of East Coast Creative and we’re super excited to be here visiting the Shanty girls! We are best friends who are passionate about all things DIY and design and have lots of fun sharing loads of projects and inspiration over on our blog.

We met the Shanty Girls at Haven, and since they’re a blogging duo like us, we hit it off! You guys already know this, but Ashley and Whitney are just the sweetest, most welcoming girls ever, and we feel priviledged to be here sharing a cool DIY wreath with you today!

I’m pretty much in love with this wreath that I made from a tree that was knocked down during Hurricane Sandy a few weeks ago. We were fortunate to only have a few downed trees, but we still need to figure out what to do with all that wood! This wreath was pretty much free, since I used materials I had on hand. That makes this wreath even better in my opinion. Can I get an amen? You’ll want to let your wood sit inside your garage out of the elements to dry out for a while before beginning.

Here’s how to make your own:

1. Cut a slice of wood from a tree trunk using a chainsaw. I’m pretty comfortable with most saws, but I stay away from chainsaws! My hubs cut a slice for me at about 2 inches thick. These pictures are a bit deceiving because the diameter of this wreath is about 1.5 feet, so it’s pretty large!

(Wondering why everything looks so golden? No it’s not Heaven, it’s the nightime lighting in my garage. Please tell me I’m not the only one using power tools at 11 PM in the garage. My neighbors love me, as you can imagine.)

2. Using a large drill bit, drill a hole in the middle of the wood slice. This makes it easy for you to start cutting with a jigsaw.

 

3. Cut out the middle portion of the wood slice to create the wreath. I was lucky to have a piece of wood that had distinctive rings for me to use as a guide for the jigsaw. Make sure you have a long blade that is specifically designed to use on wood. This will make the job SO much easier! I’ll be honest, this part was hard work! I had my husband hold the piece of wood to give me some resistance as I was cutting. We eventually had to switch jobs because it felt like my arms might just vibrate right off!

4. Sand the inside ring of the wood to even it out and to get rid of splinters. Easy peasy.

 5. Tape off the top of your wreath and spraypaint the inside a fun color. This step is optional, but I wanted to give my rustic wreath a little bit of glam. I used Valspar Gold Metallic spray paint and did a couple of coats. Warning: because of it’s circular shape and it’s 2 inch depth, the paint will deflect right back at you! My gray nailpolish quickly became gold!

 

6. Add Self-Stick Foor Care pads to the back of your wreath to prevent scratching. This wreath probably weighs close to 10 lbs, and the last thing I want is for it to bang around in the wind and mark up my freshly painted front door. Adding pads creates a nice barrier between the wreath and the door!

 

7. Add your desired ribbon and step back to admire your work! Isn’t she pretty? (Yes, it’s a girl)

Look at those multi-colored rings! You just can’t beat the beauty you find in nature.

 

My gold ribbon is just the right touch, don’t you think?

 

And the gold interior ring is just subtle enough that it doesn’t steal the show, but totally complements the tones in the rest of the wood.

If you want your wreath to last a long time, I recommend brushing a water-based polyurethane on all the surfaces to seal it. Because it’s water-based, it won’t change the color of the wood or cause it to yellow over time.

 

 

What do you think? Are you digging it like I am?  We would love it if you would stop over to see what else we have going on in our neck of the woods. We’re constantly doing easy projects like this Gigantic Shaped Frame for under $20,:

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and room makeovers like this SuperFab Guest Room Makeover we did for a friend of ours:

Houndstooth Stenciled Wall

or really big projects like this DIY Paver Patio:

And if you’re hunting for some holiday inspiration (like these Glitter Placemats), we have loads of it thanks to our stint on The Nate Berkus Show last year!

Thank you so much for having us today, Ashley and Whitney! This was so much fun! :)


jess&Monica
 


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