Monday, December 5, 2011

Celebrations: natural vs. gold wreath

This year I wanted a new front door wreath and was torn between a natural look with red berries or a gold wreath. I love the vibrant pop of red berries against the white door but have also been very attached to my gold spray paint lately.

I decided to make the wreath and make a decision somewhere along the way.

Starting with a foam wreath form, I hot glued a variety of materials from my craft supplies; eucalyptus pods, faux floral berries and potpourri leaves and pods.

Once the wreath was done, I hung it up to make my final decision. I was really tempted to leave it natural since it was a lot of work gluing on the pods and berries – not to mention a few burned fingers – and I was worried I may not like the gold look.

In a leap of faith, I went with the gold spray paint. I covered the ribbon in a plastic baggie and gave the wreath a light coat of paint.

You can still see hints of red under the berries and the different pods took on different shades of the metallic paint. 

Since I was on a roll, once the gold paint was dry, I added a little canned snow to the wreath.

Here are the wreaths side-by-side. From this view, I like the natural red berry wreath better.

But when you see the wreath up close (and in person), you can see the various shades of metallic gold, hint of red and light dusting of snow.

I'm happy I took the leap and went with the gold wreath.

This project is linked at the parties listed here and 

UndertheTableandDreaming     The Crafty Nest


  1. Both of the wreaths are gorgeous. I can see how it was hard to decide to do the painting, since it already looked finished and spectacular. But the subtleties of the shades of gold... so beautiful! And the dusting of snow is exquisite. I am in awe of your wreath!

  2. They are both pretty but I like the gold better!

  3. They both are so pretty but I especially like the natural one!!

  4. Your wreath gold wreath looks great! I bet your hurt fingers were well worth it after you were done.

  5. Love the transformation Carolyn. Gold is so warming and elegant.

    I'd love it if you would consider linking this project to my Simply Christmas Inspiration party at ~

  6. OMGOsh! That is so GORGEOUS...You have inspired me today!

    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  7. This is amazingly gorgeous! You continue to outdo yourself - you are simply one of the most creative people out there.


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