A fast and cheap facelift for the front door

I've been so busy at work lately that I've neglected my RSS reader. In some fast browsing over the weekend, I stumbled upon a wreath project that doesn't require Martha-esque crafting skills to complete. Since my door decorations have been a little cheap in the past (little wood signs from Christmas Tree Shoppes), I decided to give wreath making a try.

Right off the bat, I was a little worried because there were no 14 inch floral wreath bases at the craft store. Other bloggers seem to have used straw wreaths as a base, so I went with that. One of the bloggers said making her wreath took an hour. She must have been working on the night the clocks fall back. It took me about three hours to glue lima beans onto my wreath. I wish I had sorted the beans before starting because my lines would have been better if I had put large beans around the outside of the ring, medium sized beans on the front, and the smaller beans on the inside.

If I didn't have the cheapest glue gun available, maybe my trigger finger wouldn't hurt so much.

I wasn't 100% happy with the way the beans looked, but after a few coats of glossy, white spray paint, the wreath looked pretty nice. Topped with a bright, satin bow (to match one of the colors in my door mat) and I was pretty pleased!

Taken with flash, at night. My address has been photoshopped out.
The little box on the left is Baxter's outdoor toy box.

Next project: paint that front door. I've tried to clean it, but I think the paint just isn't glossy enough to really shine. I'd love to change the hardware, but in a condo community, that sort of change would probably get nixed by the powers that be.


  1. Looks great! You have far more patience than I do. There's no way I would have fiddled with all those beans.

  2. Bless you for having such patience! That is why I have a closet dedicated to what I call my "half-ass" projects, i.e., the ones I never finish due to lack of patience.

    I'm digging the texture & uniqueness of the wreath! Also LOVE that Baxter has an outdoor toybox. That little monster. =]

  3. Way to go!! I can't imagine the patience that required.

  4. Jeannine,

    You are the first blogger to ever link to me...THANK YOU! I'm so excited! I may or may not have stopped breathing for a second with glee :)

    Cute wreath...I have the crappy glue gun, as well. Might be time for us to invest in the "cool" glue guns!


  5. This is totally my project for the rest of the week. I've been trying to decide what my spring wreath would be. Done. Miss you much! ~LaTonya

  6. Wow, I usually hate wreaths, but I definitely like this one! Great job, woman!


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