No matter what the season, this nature-inspired wreath is perfect for welcoming guests year-round. You can create your own version using bark found in the garden center and solid ground rod found in the electrical department. Pinecones and twigs add a nice fall look, and they can be replaced with seasonal berries or sprigs in December for the holidays. Then try fresh-cut flowers during spring and summer.
Rough Cost Estimate: $8 per wreath (Does not include applicable taxes, which vary by market, or the cost of tools.)
Rough Time Estimate: 45 minutes
1. Select 80 to 90 pieces of strong pine bark.
2. Holding one end of the bark, use a 9/64-inch bit to drill a hole near the opposite end. For safety, keep at least 1 inch between the drill and your fingers. Or, place the bark on a piece of scrap wood, and then drill the hole.
3. By hand, shape a 40-inch length of solid ground rod into a circle. Thread the rod into the drilled holes of the bark, leaving 5 inches of rod at each end.
4. Use pliers to create a hook at each end of the rod. Connect the hooks to complete the circle. Then press the hooks together to secure.
5. Cut a 3/4-yard piece of sisal rope, and tie it in a loop around the top of the wreath near the connected hooks.
6. Attach pinecones, greenery or berry sprigs to the rod using copper wire.
7. Use the sisal rope to hang the wreath on a door or window.