I made a couple of Christmas wreaths for my breakfast nook out of old picture frames. Normally two framed watercolor art pieces that my husband painted flank the window. The colors in his art are orange, gold, purple and black. Not the Christmas colors I was going with this year, so I came up with this idea. Please note this article contains affiliate links.
- 2 pictures frames - choose the size that works for you. I found mine at the local hospice Thrift Store
- Putty Knife - I used a butter knife (don't judge)
- Staple Remover
- Wire Cutters - I needed these to cut my artificial greenery--you may not need them.
- Spray Paint - I used Rustoleum's Ultra Cover Paint+Primer in black
- Greenery - Mine is artificial from the local craft store
- Sticks - From the yard
- Antlers - Optional
- Floral Wire - My favorite is this one
Remove the Glass
- Using a putty knife (or in my case a butter knife because that is how I roll) bend the staples on the back holding in the art.
- After you have bent the staples enough, remove the art and glass. Be careful. The glass in my frame was very thin and sharp.
- Remove all of the staples using a staple remover. I few of mine broke and I needed to tug them out with pliers.
Paint the Frames
- Spray paint the back of the frame first. Also, try and hit the edges of the frame both on the inside and outside of the square as best you can. This will allow for the best-looking finish when you spray the top.
- Allow the paint to dry then flip over and spray the top of the frame. Paint a second coat if you needed. Follow the drying directions on the can.
- Allow for the frames to completely dry.
Attach the Greenery
- Lay out the greenery on the frame and move it around until you like how it looks. You can see I chose to put mine on the corners. I intended for most of my frame to be exposed, but you can make yours look however you want!
- After you have decided on a layout, clip any pieces of your greenery that need it. If you use artificial greenery, you may need to use wire cutters. I love these. I end up using them for all kinds of DIY projects.
- Embellish your wreath with whatever suits your fancy. I grabbed some twigs from the yard and used antlers I have been saving to make a chandelier.
- Secure the greenery and embellishments using floral wire. I like using small wire because it really holds everything on there, is weather proof, and practically invisible.
Add Ribbon and Hang Frames
- Make some big bows using some pretty Christmas ribbon and secure it to the frame with the floral wire.
- Hang your wreaths. I simply hung mine with nails hooked to the back of the frame, but hanging yours with ribbon would be really pretty also.