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Update: To everyone who is freaking out about me stealing these paint sticks and think that I’m a thief: I have talked to my paint guy at Home Depot. They give these things away for free all the time – without you purchasing paint. Just a little FYI.
Please, Home Depot, don’t hate me.
You see, when I was buying paint at your store the other day, I may have picked up more paint sticks than I was allotted.
I bought two gallons and one quart of paint. But, I took 15 paint sticks. Did I go over my quota?
If it makes it any better, there have been multiple times when I’ve bought paint and not gotten the paint sticks….
I’m really, really sorry.
But you see, I just had to have those extra paint sticks to make these stellar evergreen wreaths.
You understand, don’t you Home Depot?
And all of you, my fabulous friends understand too, don’t you?
I mean, really, how could I not make these spectacular paint stick evergreen wreaths? Especially when they cost me a total of $0.
I made two square wreaths and one large star wreath.
The square ones were pretty straightforward:
Start with paint sticks. The two I have are 9 x 9 and 6 x 6. I had made another one that was the full size of the paint stick, 12 x12, but I tried it with magnolia leaves and it was a failure. So, I just cut the sticks down to size, then hot-glued them into squares and spray painted them green.
Then, I went into my yard and hacked off a few branches on my huge evergreen tree. Luckily, this thing is huge and you can’t even tell where I hacked on it.
I snipped the branches into smaller pieces and then hot glued them around the paint sticks starting at a corner.
I love the simple look of these and I didn’t want to mess that up with a fru-fru bow, so I just used a simple gold ribbon to hang them from.
Now, the star one was a little more difficult, but not too bad.
You will need ten paint sticks to make the size that I made. Now, mine is pretty big people. I didn’t cut any of the paint sticks down to size. It works for me because I will be sitting it on my front porch for decor and it would probably look great on a mantel if I had one, but if you want to hang it on a door, you will want to cut all your sticks down some. I would just play with the size until you have what you like.
Gather your paint sticks.
Lay them out in the floor in the best star shape you can muster, if it looks like this at first, don’t worry:
Yea, that big huge gap wouldn’t cut it. Just play with it until you have the correct shape. The best way I found was to take a square and put it into the angles and push the sticks together until they met up with the square.
Once you have it laid out how you want it, hot glue all the sticks together. If its a little off, don’t worry because the greenery will cover up some of the unevenness.
Spray paint it green and start hot gluing the greenery on just like with the squares.
Yes, it takes a little time to hot glue all the greenery on, but it is so worth it.
Especially since its free.
Thanks for the paint sticks, Home Depot. And no, Home Depot did not compensate me in any way for this post. In fact, they may be really pissed at me now.
UPDATE: SEE HOW I MADE MINI VERSIONS OF THESE EVERGREEN WREATHS TO USE AS PLACECARD HOLDERS.
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