Christmas Wreath 2012 (from the Dollar Store and yard clippings)

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

It’s taken me longer than I figured to get the Christmas decorations up!

I finally finished the front of the house today.

I thought I’d show you my wreath that had a little “re-make” from last year.

To make last year’s wreath, I took an old, plain wreath, and added evergreen clippings from around the yard.

I used the wires on the wreath to secure the clippings.

I painted and glittered pinecones and used green twine to add them to the wreath.

Last year’s wreath ended up looking like this…

(You can see more of the details HERE)

I really liked how it looked, but this year, I’m using red in the front of the house.

So I took off the gold and added a red glitter star from the dollar store. I had to replace the yard clippings….obviously.

You can find these plain wreaths at thrift stores from $2-$5, and you can (most likely) find clippings and pinecones for free. The glitter star was from the dollar store = a Christmas wreath for under $6!

I hope you all had a restful and wonderful holiday!



  1. The clippings look like Juniper. My mom always used Juniper in our decorations because it smelled so heavenly. Even today, Juniper smells like Christmas to me. I love both the looks, but especially love the big red star.

  2. Oh, I just love the star!! And the live trimmings were an awesome idea!

  3. Oh wow! It looks wonderful! I love the star!

  4. I am so glad I found you on HomeTalk! Love the fact you love Jesus… and that you dumpster dive and thrift store shop! Great ideas on how to spice up a dollar store wreath! I’m gonna poke around and see what other things I can learn! xoxo jules

  5. I love this!! You made a simple wreath look festive and fun … and for just a couple bucks … my favorite price!!

  6. I love the star.

    I host Fall Into the Holidays and I would love to have you link up!

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  7. Looks like great minds think alike! I’ve done a similar wreath but never thought to apply the fresh greens to artificial ones (I’ve just done all yard clippings). I really like how your wreath turned out. Nice work!

    • Thanks Cynthia! I thought about trying to do all yard clippings for garland this year, but I ended up running out of time and just adding to the fake stuff.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. That is beautiful! I live dangerously close to the Dollar Store, it has become one of my favorite stores. I’m a new follower and enjoyed your blog.

    I currently have a blog party posted and would love for you to post this! 🙂


    • Thanks Marti.

      I live dangerously close too. I don’t even want to add up how much I’ve spent there this year! They have such great stuff! I love little bits of “this and that” that make it feel festive and cozy.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Wow, amazing wreath!

  10. Very pretty. I may copy your idea. Thanks

  11. Love this wreath. So simple yet just perfect! Saw your link on DIY Showoff.

  12. Wow, how beautiful and can’t beat the price!! Visiting form live laugh rowe!


  13. Love how you dressed up the plain wreath! Dollar store crafts are the best :). So pretty!!

  14. What an amazing wreath! I love how you added the fresh greenery what a great idea!

  15. Great Wreath! I have a plain old wreath I bough on clearance last year that I want to spiffy up for this Christmas. I’ll have to check the dollar store for some decorations. Thanks for sharing.

  16. What a fabulous idea.. Pinning it! 🙂
    Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party.

  17. This looks beautiful! I love the glitzed-up pinecones and that you used yard clippings to sort of fill it in — that is brilliant! Thanks for sharing with us! Happy Weekend!

  18. They’re both beautiful!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up
    Have a great rest of the weekend.

  19. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Katie, your wreath is Stunning! So natural and with the one star… Just perfect!

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

    • Thanks Christina! I’m glad you liked it. I liked it too, but it hasn’t been getting much response, so I was starting to think maybe it was just me who liked it. lol

      Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas season so far!

      • Well, I am certainly thrilled to share it as a feature. I love the idea of using yard clippings to add texture and celebrate nature! I so appreciate you partying with me each week… I love to see what you’re up to and am always inspired.

  20. Beautiful! Your very creative. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  21. This is a fun idea to dress up a plain wreath! (I have that star, too- it’s great!) Thanks for sharing at The CSI Project this week!

  22. You know I love this!! I’m so stoked you linked it up!


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