The holidays are almost upon us and so are holiday wreaths and decorations. I love perusing different websites to see what types of decorations they have every year wanting to make my house into a winter wonderland. I particularly love wreaths (as is evidenced in 15 Favorite Fall Wreaths) because they are so beautiful and festive. My favorite sites to find wreaths are Pottery Barn and Frontgate. I love all of their wreaths and decorations, however I don't always like their prices. I decided this year I was going to try to make the same wreaths for a fraction of the cost.
Wreath #1 – Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn Ornament Pine Home Decor Wreath – $79
This Pottery Barn red and silver wreath has a lot of sparkle and color. I love how the red and silver lights up against the green of the wreath. When you see the wreath under lights it just sparkles. Pottery Barn has a gold and silver version as well.
My Version – $39.09
For my version I used items from various craft stores. I bought a standard green wreath for $4.80. I wrapped a pine garland $12.00 around the entire wreath to give it some more body. I also bought some red and silver balls of varying sizes for a total of $20 for all ornaments. I assembled the wreath using floral wire $2.29 and floral shears I already had.
Total savings: $39.91
Wreath #2 – Frontgate
Frontgate Gilded Elegance Wreath – $289
This gilded wreath is beautiful and sparkly. It weaves gold ribbon throughout the wreath. Gold sparkly berries and gilded pinecones complement the greens of the wreath.
My Version – $51.50
For my version I used a base pine wreath with pinecones which cost $14.40. The gold ornaments that dot the entire wreath cost $16.80. The small gold balls that are tucked in all over the wreath cost $5.95. The strings of gold balls cost $3.95. The ribbons used to make the bow cost $8.00. I added additional pinecones that totaled $2.40. The original wreath is arguably much more ornate than my version, however my version was fun to make and is very sparkly!
Total savings: $237.50
Wreath #3 – Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn Yule Tide Collection Wreath – $179
I love the mix of greens, pine cones, and red berries on this wreath. The Pottery Barn Yule Tide Collection wreath is a beautiful mix of green pines, red berries, sparkly red ornaments, and earthy pine cones all lit up with gorgeous white lights.
My Version – $33.54
For my version I used a plain pine wreath base which cost $4.80. I added a garland of pine, pinecones and red berries for $8.00. I also added lights $4.80, sprays of berries, pine and pinecones $11.95, and small red Christmas ornaments $3.99 to finish it out.
Total savings: $145.46
Wreath #4 – Frontgate
Frontgate Christmas Cheer Collection Wreath – $79
This wreath is a “classic” Christmas wreath incorporating the traditional Christmas colors of red and green. There are many sprigs of berries, lots of pinecones, and a variety of greens woven throughout this wreath. It is topped off with a large red velvet bow with gold edging.
My Version- $49.50
For my version I used a pine wreath base that had pinecones already attached $14.40. I added in three pine sprays for $7.17 and five pine sprays with red berries for $11.95. I added in additional sprigs of berries for $4.78. I topped it off with a pre-made red velvet bow for $11.20.
Total savings: $29.50
The original wreaths are all beautiful and well put together. My versions, while not exact duplicates, are all lovely as well. While it takes a little time to make wreaths yourself, I believe it's well worth the effort. Not only do you save money, you also have the joy and satisfaction of having made them yourself.