Her Campus Hacks: Crafting a Reusable Wreath for Multiple Seasons

There are few things I like better than a cool, crisp October afternoon. Pumpkin spice fills the air whether it’s carving, lighting candles, or baking sweets. The streets are naturally decorated in vibrant yellow, burnt orange, and scarlet leaves. The temperature begins to chill and the hot chocolate quickly makes it’s appearance in my kitchen. Cheesy seasonal Hallmark reruns play in the background, and I know it’s time to get crafting!

As a fulltime student with a job, I have little time (and money) to spend on crafts, despite my love of them. So, when I come across a good deal that I can reuse for multiple holidays, I have to jump on it!

Wreaths have a magical way of spreading cheer and are used as home-warming décor for several holidays, but can be outrageously priced. Below is my step-by-step guide to creating a cheap, reusable wreath centerpiece from your local Dollarstore.

What you'll needed:

  • 18" Circular Wire Frame (here's the link)
  • 15' Garland (here's the link)
  • Small Seasonal Décor( I used pinecones and frosted them white to achieve a fall/winter effect)

While visiting my local Dollartree the other week, I came across green wreath wireframes that are lightweight and easy to attached greenery to. This is a perfect (and cheap!) platform for any wreath whether you choose to use it as a centerpiece or hang it up! 

                                                                                                                            Photo Credit: Marissa Armitstead

Next, I grabbed one 15ft package of Christmas garland, also found at my Dollartree.The garland can easily be woven around and through the wireframe -- no gluing necessary to stay put.

                                                                                                                           Photo Credit: Marissa Armitstead

Tip: I opted for a thinner look, but feel free to use two garland wraps for a fuller wreath.

Finally—perhaps the most exciting step—is to add a seasonal touch using cheap decorations. These can vary a great deal, but because we are currently in the month of October soon to be November, I decided to add pinecones and a pumpkin candle as the wreath’s centerpiece. I resused a candle from a previous year but the Dollartree has lots of great options!

                                                                                                                        Photo Credit: Marissa Armitstead

Tip: To add a frosted look to the pinecones, simply use a few light coats of white spray paint to ‘frost’ the edges.

Just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean you have to settle for bland or no decorating. The wreath itself only cost $2.00 and you can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to be for the small seasonal décor items like flowers or berries. Having a staple piece that you can reuse and adapt makes this a must-have for all college students looking to spruce up their dorm or apartment for any season!