When it comes to Christmas decor, what’s a sweeter mix than bottle brush trees and vintage toy cars? I thought this would make the perfect vignette to add to my Christmas wreath this year. One other bonus – this is a fast wreath to put together! Who doesn’t love that bonus this time of year?
And when I say “fast,” I really mean fast. This project should take no more than 30 minutes to put together once you’ve sourced your materials. Gather up your moss, wreath form, and trinkets and put it all together with your glue gun. Done and done!
The theme of this particular wreath for me was “put some of my old junk to good use.” It was inspired by a 12 year old box of Spanish moss I found during a recent garage clean up binge. So it’s a repurposing kind of wreath. Or maybe a vintage moss kind of wreath. I also had some raffia type ribbon lying around forever that I was determined to find some use for. I guess that makes it a repurposing, vintage moss, decluttering kind of wreath.
Since Christmas hasn’t really hit stores yet, and because I love nothing better than a good bargain, I headed to my local thrift store to hunt for the rest of my supplies. It’s best to keep an open mind if you’re going to go this way, and be prepared to work with what you find. Luckily, I scored a grapevine wreath to use as a base, and the toy section provided the rest. It could really have turned out looking like absolutely anything, but I must say I’m happy with the rustic vintage vibe it took on as I found my supplies.
I found little bundles of toys and odds and ends for a dollar or two. One of these filled with toy cars contained a replica of a vintage Scout Traveller – basically a 70’s SUV. Score!
Another little bundle yielded perfectly sized bottle brush trees – double score!
Honestly this is about a 10 minute project once you gather up all your things. Just cover your wreath form with some Spanish moss and arrange your little vignette on top. A generous application of hot glue holds everything together, and you’re done.
At least that’s the theory. For me, it turned into a bit of an ordeal for me because I had the big idea of brightening up the colour of the toy car and grabbed an old red nail polish out of my girls’ polish bag to do the job. Unfortunately the polish was probably more vintage than the moss. I really love the way it looked in the end, but struggling with old gooey polish was a bad plan. Next time, I’ll be running out to the drug store for a fresh bottle of red.
Now I know that after a week or so of opening and closing the front door and watching bits of Spanish moss rain down in my front hallway, I will probably regret my decision to use this moss. But for now I think it’s super cute. Moving the wreath to a wall where it stays stationary will certainly help. If you’re concerned, just choose something a little cleaner – reindeer moss perhaps, or even regular evergreen boughs.
Total project cost? Less than $5 because I already had the moss and I shopped my local thrift store for supplies. You can’t beat that!
I’m hoping this sweet little wreath puts you in the Christmas mood. I think I do hear a little Christmas spirit out there!
I created this wreath as part of a blog hop with some of my talented blogger friends. Be sure to visit each of these blogs to get ideas and inspiration for your own Christmas wreath!
New House New Home
Time With Thea
Row House Nest
The Happy Housie
PMQ for Two
Sustain My Craft Habit
Life Is A Party
Love Create Celebrate
The DIY Mommy
Clean and Scentsible
Design For Soul