It bit me too.
I have used the same grapevine with some ribbon and greenery wreath for years. It looks sad. Then, shortly before we moved, my belly dance teacher happened upon a dumpster overflowing with perfectly good Christmas stuff - including three full trees, strings of lights, brand new packages of ribbon, miles of garland, and a lovely pine cone and seed pod wreath.
Perfect, I thought, for my new front door.
I hung it up, loved how the brown wreath and my white front door made such a nice contrast, marveled at the simplicity of it all and then tried to shut the door. Uh, whoops. The wreath is too thick to sandwich between the wooden door and the storm.
So, Plan B. After seeing yarn wrapped wreaths here and here and here made by my talented friends, I jumped on board. So while Aidin and Tim assembled every puzzle we owned yesterday (with Eliot's intermittent help) ...
I made a big old mess with the paper and felt,
and voila, new wreath. And not too Christmassy, so I think it will stay right where it is until February, when I may need to make another in red. With hearts. And glitter.
Now I'm off to round up snowball, snowflake and snowman related crafts and games suitable for the first grade, because I'm already in charge of a class party. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.