Being a homeowner is a bit of a double edged sword. You finally have a space of your own to decorate. But you’re also paying a mortgage, which means your decorating budget is pretty much non-existent.
This is why I really like recycled crafts. And by recycled, I mean the main ingredients consist of cardboard boxes, not cardboard boxes plus $89 worth of junk from the arts and crafts store.
Given that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and that not decorating is a major faux pas on my block here in South Philly, I decided to make a wreath. I already have a wreath mind you, but it’s made of dried flowers and isn’t all that sturdy and when you have a constant stream of men coming and going through your front door (contractors, electricians, sheetrockers, not to mention your dad, your brother and your boyfriend) you have to account for the fact that men don’t see a dried flower wreath and think, “Hmmm… that’s lovely! Maybe I should be careful as I carry these groceries/gym bags/pieces of sheetrock/windows/lightbulbs through the front door.”
Here was my wreath before:
And here is my wreath now:
I know I can’t blame the drying of the flowers on the men, but I do blame them for the bald spots. Oh how I blame them.
At any rate, I decided my Valentine’s wreath needed to be constructed of something more durable. And some more… you know… free. And what do new homeowners have in steady supply? (Aside from utility bills and bad news about the status of their renovation projects?)
Here’s what you need:
- Cardboard boxes
- An old wire hanger (those really annoying ones you get from the dry cleaner are PERFECT!)
- A piece of ribbon
- An Exacto knife, an awl or Philip screwdriver, a pair of scissors and a pair of pliers
And here is what you do:
- Cut your cardboard boxes into strips about one inch wide (it’s easiest to do this with your Exacto knife)
- Cut the strips into square pieces (it’s easier to do this with your scissors)
- Punch holes in the middle of each square using your awl or screwdriver, turning them into little cardboard beads
- Unbend your hanger and straighten it out.
- String the “beads” on your hanger leaving a few inches on either end.
- Bend the beaded hanger into a heart shape and twist the ends together using your pliers. Clip the excess if there is any or just tuck the ends out of view.
- Add a bit of flair (i.e. ribbon).
- Give your heart to your high school crush. Or hang in on your door so your neighbors don’t think you’re unwilling to participate in their holiday decorating efforts.Also, last Friday I accidentally posted twice at the same time so in case you missed for my first foray into the world of DIY blogging (or have a sudden inexplicable urge to make a Zen meditation cushion, take look).