Dollar Tree Valentine’s Wreath Tutorial

 

Oh, my friends in blogland, it’s been a cra-a-a-zy couple of days here at Minerva’s Garden.  First of all, I got it into my head that I wanted to corral the mess of cords sticking out from my computer and all the hardware and peripherals.  In the process of doing this, my computer stopped working.  Jasmine the cat went to take a gander at my computer, and this is how she looked when she brought me the news:

 

 

What a serious expression!  Let’s just say–she didn’t bring me back good news.

 

I gave Jasmine a hug and thanked her for her help, and then the fun began.  Down to the computer store went my computer.  They were able to clone my hard drive, but they told us that the motherboard had met its demise on my computer, just dumb luck that it happened when it did, and it would cost more to repair it than replace it.  They gave me a loaner computer, which we ended up buying.  So now I am back in business on the computer end of things!

 

At the same time this was going on, I received my DSLR camera–the first one I’ve ever owned.  Since then I’ve been working out my own mental kinks with it, just trying to learn how to get it all to work.  All day today was spent on trying to get pictures, which I did manage to take a couple of days ago, off the camera and onto the new computer, to no avail.  Finally, one memory card reader later, I had new pictures on my computer, and am ready to roll once again!

 

So here I am with my first post with new camera and computer–a quick and easy little wreath for you for Valentine’s Day!  Debbie at Debbiedoo’s was my inspiration, because she is hosting a Dollar Tree Valentine’s project party, so thank you, Debbie!  This is a Dollar Tree project, and almost all of the supplies, except the glue gun, came from there.

 

 

Here’s what I used:

 

 

  • 9″ foam form
  • 9 silk rose bunches–they all had around 4-5 flowers per bunch
  • tape
  • pink tissue paper
  • rose ribbon (I actually got this at Dollar Tree last year, and never got around to using it until now)
  • wreath hanger

 

Super simple:  first I covered the green foam form with tissue paper, and used tape to hold it together on the back side to finish it all off a little and hide the green color.

 

 

Then I pulled the roses off the stems . . .

 

 

 

At first, I tried to just stick the little bit of stem left on the flowers directly through the tissue and into the foam, but they didn’t stay.  I was feeling way too lazy to go down to the garage and look for a wire cutter, replace all the blooms onto the stems and cut them to length.  Instead, I got out my trusty glue gun, and just glued them into place.  So easy, and they are securely in place now.  I also decided that it would be smart to glue the wide ribbon that I was going to use to hang the wreath from the wreath hanger in place now, before I covered the form in roses.

 

 

 

 

After about 20 minutes of concentrated gluing, I had a Valentine’s Day Wreath!

 

 

Although it feels a little early, at least for me, to start decorating for Valentine’s Day, I just had to put it up on the door to see what it looked like.

 

 

 

A nice, romantic little wreath that will spice up our door very soon, and I only spent $1 for the foam form and $9 for the flowers–all the rest I already had on hand.

 

 

Are you decorating for Valentine’s Day?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments, so stop by for a visit!

 

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About AthenaMG

Athena McElrath is a Master Gardener with a love for gardening, decorating and cooking inexpensively. She enjoys working out in her urban garden in Southwest Washington State, watching the hummingbirds and other birds and insects, eating the wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs that she produces from her garden, and just having a great time hanging out under the pergola with her family and friends (that is, whenever it stops raining long enough).
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25 Responses to Dollar Tree Valentine’s Wreath Tutorial

  1. Donna Heber says:

    Hi Athena,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your computer troubles. Good thing Jasmine was there to diagnose the problem! She is such a sweetie :-) Glad you managed to find another computer and are back up and running. Enjoy your new camera. I received a new one for Christmas. Lots to learn!

  2. Donna Heber says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention how much I love your Valentine wreath! Thank you for sharing a tutorial with us.

  3. Mindy says:

    So glad to hear that BOTH are up and running now! It took me some work to get my first pictures off the new camera, too. Always somethin’, isn’t it?

    Very cute wreath and an even cuter feline face.

  4. Hi! That picture of your cat is adorable. She truly looks sorry! I have never decorated for Valentine’s Day, but your wreath really gives me ideas! Wonderful project. How is Shakespeare going? I’m really impressed by what you’re doing.

    • AthenaMG says:

      I have been messing around with computer and camera stuff, and so Shakespeare took a little rest this week. Still trying to decide which monologue to do, but I’m leaning toward Gertrude in Hamlet. Of course, there’s the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, too–lots of good ones, hard to decide! And thank you so much for your encouragement–I very much appreciate it!

    • AthenaMG says:

      Thank you so much! Leaning toward Gertrude in Hamlet or the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet–hard to decide with so many good monologues from which to choose! Yes, Jasmine is my helper, that is for sure.

      • Oh, the nurse in Romeo & Juliet has always been one of my favourite character. She’s so funny and down to earth, and the only one to love Juliet without expecting anything from her. There’s a lovely song from a French musical sang by the nurse. I’ll send you a like if you want.

  5. debbiedoos says:

    Oh how pretty! I just love it…so full and so Valentiney:) THanks for sharing.

  6. Penny says:

    I love your wreath, thank you for sharing the tutorial! Hugs, Penny

  7. Barb says:

    The wreath is very pretty! I don’t do much Valentine decorating. Have fun with your new camera!

  8. nicole says:

    Glad you got all the kinks out!!! That is busy for sure! The wreath is full and festive! And the fact that it cost so little to make is icing on the cake!! How do you like the new camera! I so want to take the plunge!

  9. olthings says:

    My dear Athena , I hope that the trouble with your PC have finished ! My younger son always says that I must have another backup disk for any occasion …But I don’t buy yet ..
    About your wreath is very beautiful and it seems that you made easy .Here , we don’t celebrate the Valentines Day ,only the young people ! I see my sons that they are thinking about this day , where they go bar or restaurant ,what gift they will buy and I am glad for this !

  10. I can’t get over this Dollar Store creation~ it’s SO lovely!

    Have a winter wonderland weekend!

  11. Thanks for joining the party with your pretty wreath. Plus your sweet comments too :)
    Shannon

  12. Wild how this time of year inspires so many of us to reorganize and clean things up. I would like to corral all my cords, but after reading what happened to you, I’m not so sure!!! I’m sorry your computer shot craps. Coincidence…..or conspiracy?!??!?!! ;-) (I’ve been reading parts of a book my husband is reading, so now I think EVERYTHING is a conspiracy!!!) I’m glad you’re back up and running! Cool how you made the wreath. A lot of people don’t believe what can be done with just a few Dollar Tree items, but you showed ‘em!!!! Great photos! Congratulations on your camera, and have fun learning!

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  14. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment! Your wreath is beautiful!

  15. Linda says:

    This is a beautiful Valentine wreath. I’d love to have you link up to my DIY Wreath blog where I have a linky open for DIY Valentine wreaths. Would love to have you join. Hope to see you there. Linda

    http://diywreaths.com/sample-page/