DIY Wreath Stand
A wreath stand is a handy way to hang a wreath anywhere in your home. No longer are you limited to walls and doors. It’s a simple thing to make one yourself. We’ll show you how to make an easy and elegant wreath stand so you can display your wreaths anywhere you like.
You know how much I love Hobby Lobby’s discount aisle, right? Every time I go to Hobby Lobby, I first start with the discount aisle, and by the time I finish going through every single item there, I usually forget the actual reason why I went shopping at Hobby Lobby in the first place!
Last weekend, I found this little table lamp buried in a pile of chipped and broken merchandise. Though everything around it was dinged up, it was in perfect condition! I guess it didn’t sell for a long time, or it was the only one left, and that is why it was put in the discount aisle. Perfect condition and 90% off…that’s my kind of bargain! I could use it as-is or get rid of the cabling and re-purpose it to a lovely candle holder. Or even better, I could make a…oh, I don’t know…but let’s say there were so many possibilities. So for $3.49, I wasn’t going to pass it up!
After Hobby Lobby, I stopped into the Dollar Store and you already know the fruits of that shopping trip. [there is no “stopping in” to the Dollar Store with Handan. The sentence should read: “After Hobby Lobby, I camped out in the Dollar Store for several weeks, while Greg mummified in the car.” -Greg] But since I didn’t have a proper place to hang my new wreath, I decided to repurpose my new tabletop lamp (did I mention it was 90% off, heheheh) into a wreath stand.
First, I took the lamp apart. I cut the wire at a point where I could splice it back if I needed to use it again. So yes! You guessed right..I didn’t throw the wiring away 😉 [she doesn’t throw anything away. Ever. EH. VER. -Greg]
Next, I searched for some sort of rod or dowel to fit in the opening of the lamp. All the dowels we had looked too flimsy, so I picked an old wooden curtain rod from our basement and tested if it would fit nicely. It was the perfect fit.
But since it was too long, I needed it shorten it. To figure out how tall the rod should be, I used the eyeballing method: I laid the rod on the floor and held the wreath on top of it…
…and I marked the rod at the height that looked good to my eye.
Next was the hardest part of this project: separating Greg’s butt from the sofa and convincing him that cutting my curtain rod was more important than his video game. hahahaha 🙂 [I was trying to enjoy some weekend peace. I even had an umbrella to block the glare on my iPad screen, so I could see my game properly. But do you think my peace lasted? Hmmmm? Do you? -Greg]
Say what? Oh, the umbrella…that was my idea to stop the blaring sun and all his yapping about not being able to see his game. He must have loved my temporary solution, as he is planning to build an awning for his side of the sofa! Hahahaha… Just kidding…but I bet it wouldn’t surprise you if you saw him building one. 😉 [I will be building a light-proof, sound-proof, wife-proof box. -Greg]
Ok, back to the tutorial: after 10 minutes of telling him how awesome he was and seeing that it didn’t budge him one bit, I took a different route – I showed some interest to his video game…you know, like asking some questions and every now and then, mistakenly touching the screen and asking what that button was for, and finally getting him to lose a battle. 😀 I have to say, that worked like a charm, and I managed to get my babes to leave his game and cut my curtain rod to size and drill a hole to fit over the lamp’s metal rod.
Once the curtain rod was ready, I poured some E6000 into the lamp base and placed the curtain rod on it.
I left the E6000 to cure overnight. Then, using Apoxie Sculpt, I covered the area where the rod met with the lamp base. This was so there would be no visible gaps, and the rod and the lamp base would look whole.
By the way… this Apoxie Sculpt is just a fantastic thing. You can even repair broken resin frames or ceramic pots with it. It is indeed a clever invention!
Once the Apoxie Sculpt dried, I painted the whole thing with Fusion Mineral Paint that I bought from Amazon. As everyone was raving about it, I wanted to try it for sometime now. Since this project was the perfect opportunity to try out a sample size, I bought 4 different color samples. The color you see below is Fusion Mineral Paint’s Inglenook. Anyway…I will talk about the paint itself a little later, but first let’s finish the wreath stand, shall we?
After painting my soon-to-be wreath stand, I measured about 3 inches from the top point and put a screw in the rod. That would be the hook that holds the wreaths.
Although the curtain rod originally had some round finials, I wanted to use something a bit better. I had a pair of curtain ties which I bought last year for $1.50 at our local thrift shop (Second Chance Shop). Those curtain ties had really nice finials, so I decided to use one of them for my wreath stand. And as I was screwing it in, I decided to change the color of my wreath stand to one similar to the finial’s color: off white with dry brushed dark gray.
But before painting, I again wanted to get rid of all the gaps and ins & outs, so again using Apoxie Sculpt, I filled the connection area of the curtain rod and the finial.
I also covered the ugly screw with Apoxie Sculpt so it wouldn’t hurt anyone when handled. Once everything looked decent, I painted the whole thing with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Limestone color. The picture below is taken after the first coat. I gave it 3 coats of paint. But keep in mind, my coats are always thinner than normal, so with normal coats, 2 coats of paint should be sufficient.
Let’s talk about the Fusion Mineral Paint now. It feels pretty much like enamel paint, so it is a great joy to work with. It brushes on easy and has good self-leveling properties. I liked painting with it much better than store-bought chalk paint, because I always have to thin that stuff to get its thickness to my taste. Why do you think I came up with my homemade chalk paint recipe? If I am to pay a fortune for a can of specialty paint, I shouldn’t need to thin it, right? hahahaha 🙂
I also like Fusion Paint’s color palette quite a lot. I really do! But unless I receive it as surprise birthday present or something like that (hint, hint!!) I don’t see myself using it very often, as it is a little pricey. Though I enjoyed painting with Fusion Mineral Paint, somebody has to keep an eye on our budget, you know 😉
Back to the DIY wreath stand…after the Limestone paint dried, I dry brushed the whole thing with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Ash color to dirty it up a bit. You see, this guy will be living right next to our fireplace, so it will get all ashed and dirty eventually. Hence, I took the liberty of dirtying it up myself, and with that my DIY wreath stand project was complete.
Here it is…standing proud and strong!
From afar you can’t really see the dry brushed areas. But close up you can see the slightly dirty look I gave to it.
I am really loving my DIY wreath stand – so much so, that I may make another one for our porch! I think it would look so welcoming there. 🙂
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Love it! You two never fail to amaze and delight with your inventive imaginations, don’t ever stop.
It is a delight for me to read such a wonderful comment! Thank you so much, Catherine! 🙂
Yes, Handan, I too am always amazed by the two of you and what you come up with. I’ve loved reading the story of your meeting, marrying and creative pursuits!!
Thank you so much, Sherri! I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying the Navage Patch! 🙂
The wreath stand looks fabulous – very elegant…
Is it worth mentioning to Greg that (here in the UK at least) it is very unlucky to open an umbrella and sit under it while indoors? It could be having a serious effect on his game scores 😉
I am the worst effect on his video games! Hahahaha 😀 Joking aside, as he is the photographer around here, he always has his lighting umbrellas open in the house, so he doesn’t think a little shade umbrella will do him any harm 🙂
Photographer’s immunity only applies while taking photographs… those game scores are in real danger 🙂
You might be right with that! I mean ever since that photo he didn’t get much time to play. And not only that, but just this weekend (for the first time ever!) he happened to initiate a big project for himself! So I am not sure how long it will be before he can get back to relaxing like that again. hahahaha 🙂
Haha I have the same problem. Probably in the exact same Hobby Lobby! Good thing I did not see the light first! 🙂
Hahahaha 🙂 It is amazing what you can find there. 😀
And who would’ve thunk it! Geez, you are creative! I have to say I would never have thought of that. Good job!
Thank you so much, Linda! 😀
Oh my goodness! I love the wreath stand, I never would have thought of it. You are indeed creative.
Thank you very much, Melva! 🙂
You and Greg are the best! I want to live next door! I’d like to say a few things about Fusion Mineral Paint, which I love and sell as part of my job. Please Please Please buy from independent sites or local stores. Amazon is killing us and here in Vermont we need all the business we can get! Had you bought your four testers from us online you would have saved over $3.50 including the shipping. Suggested retail is $4 so your Amazon purchase really didn’t have “free shipping”. More importantly, however are the properties of Fusion Mineral paint. It is 100% non-toxic and no VOC. You can paint inside in the winter with no fumes or headache. Built in top coat or it can be distressed and waxed if you choose. When fully cured, about the same 30 days as any paint, it can go out doors with no ill effects. It’s just wicked awesome paint! According to Fusion headquarters there is a store in Plainfield, CT that sells it or you can email me for our website! My boss is a CT native like you, Greg!
Thank you so much, Derry! I wish I knew that before, as we would have bought it locally. Luckily, now we know, so maybe Greg will buy me some more from one of the local dealers! 😀
It is indeed fantastic paint, and I would like to use more of it in the future. I know Greg is planning to use it on a project he recently started. You’ll see those results whenever he gets around to finishing it (don’t hold your breath!)
<3! Check out Jennylyn's blog (on Fusion Website) for great info about the other products. You can also use Miss Mustard Seed waxes, etc with this. They are manufactured by the same family owned company in Canada. I'm glad you like it but if you didn't The Navage Patch would still be my favorite blog!!!
Aww…thank you so much, Derry! I will definitely check that blog out 🙂
no one would ever guess that was a mishmash of parts, looks fabulous with your wreath, tell greg to get off his butt and finish roadtrip or vietnam please xx
Hahahaha 😀 I shall gladly do that Chris! xx
Okay, so I LOVE the wreath and stand is gorgeous! You put it all together beautifully! I have to comment on that shot of Greg too, because I have to mention how wonderful the walls and fireplace look and (other than Greg & his umbrella) the place still looks staged! You are so neat! 🙂
Well, the fireplace looks good, because Greg hasn’t had enough time to mess it up yet since cleaning it for the wreath photo shoot! 😀
You two are a hoot ! This is what keeps a marriage strong ! I always enjoy your creative ideas and the budget friendliness of them. The writing from the both of you always keeps me chuckling, so much so that I have to share with my babes, as he wants to know what I am laughing about. Side note…he thinks Greg’s idea for the box may get his creative juices flowing too!!! ?. Thanks again, and now I am off to get my own wreath stand figured out….yours is awesome!!
Thank you so much, Cindy! I agree that our goofiness keeps us strong! And what you read here on the blog is exactly how it is at our home. As for Greg’s “wife-proof” box, well, I’ll just have to engineer a way into it…he can’t be allowed to have that much peace, LOL! 🙂
That’s so schweeeeet Handan. I really wish us South Africans could get on the wreath band wagon. They look like so much fun to make. Don’t you guys want to fly out here and help me start a wreath revolution please?
Believe or not Michelle, the very first time I saw a wreath in my life was 4 years ago (when I first moved to USA.) Before that I didn’t even know the word or how to pronounce it. And now look at me – I am loving my wreaths so much that I am even making a wreath stand to keep them close to me. 😀
I’ve always eyed wreath stands; they are a bit expensive though so I still don’t have one. This is so creative and both the wreath and stand turned out beautifully! Hope you’ll share at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Thank you very much for visiting us, Cindy! I will be linking this and the faux succulent wreath this week 🙂
This is so cool. Great idea!
Thank you so much, Angela! 🙂
Love this DIY Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight @DearCreatives Pinned & shared
Thank you!! 🙂
Another creative and inspirational project from you guys. Now you can enjoy your wreath so you can see it. I cannot wait to give my grandson the umbrella idea for gaming. He’ll love that when the sun is glaring in his room. So glad you share with us at Merry Monday. I’m going to cruise the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby.
Thank you so much, Shirley! Oh I am sure he’ll love the umbrella solution. Boys are boys regardless of age: if it is easy enough or doesn’t involve much work from them, then that is the best solution ever 😉
Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!
Thank you so much, Helen! 🙂
Handan this post was worth all the money, as we Greeks say, just for that photo of Greg on the couch with his umbrella. Haha! You two should have your own show on HGTV! The wreath was such an innovative project. I’ve never seen a wreath stand before. But I love it and can see using it in many places. I also appreciate your honesty about the paint. We all love our paint but it should not have to cost a small fortune. I’ve never tried it but I’ve heard good things about it. IMHO, frugal is best! 😉
LOL. We have the same saying! LOLOL. Oh Greg is so funny! You won’t believe how easy it is for me to catch his moments like these. If only he would let me share them all. hahaha. Yes I really liked the Fusion paint, and I would recommend it for those who doesn’t mind spending money on boutique paint. But for me it is a little pricey. Hence, unless Greg gets me some as birthday or Mother’s Day gift I know I won’t be using it that often. 😉 [Let’s see if this hint will work or not…the one in the post did nothing so far, hahaha :-)]
Ohmygoodness, I am blown away by this! You have got to get a crazy high from spending so little for something so lovely. You have quite the eye. #happynowlinkup
Thank you so much, Mary! 🙂
I love this idea. SInce I got a new door I haven’t been hanging a wreath. This project will be great so I can hang wreaths again.
Thank you so much, Debra! 🙂
Love the wreath stand! You come up with the best projects. I get lost in the discount aisle in Hobby Lobby too. Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.
hank you so much Kileen! Haha – isn’t that aisle awesome? I am glad to see there are more like me 😀
I love the ideas you come up with and love reading about how you did it all – great project Handan & Greg
Thank you so much, Amber! 🙂
You guys are amazingly creative! I love it. Talk about out of the box thinking. 🙂
Thank you so much, Kim! 🙂