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Make a Dollar Store Spring Wreath

Inspiration struck at the Dollar Store last week! This wreath is made entirely of stuff I found at my local Dollar Tree…and you might be a bit surprised about a few of the ingredients!

Project Estimate:

  • Easter Egg dying kit: $1 (if you’re making this wreath when egg dying kits aren’t being sold, you can be just as successful using food coloring in water)
  • wreath form: on hand or $1
  • Assortment of decorative Rattan Balls- $2 and up (depending on how large your wreath will be)
  • Twist ties- on hand, or a huge amount from the dollar store for $1
  • hot glue- on hand
  • decorative doodads to add to wreath: (optional) $1 and up

Total: $4 and up (my wreath is ENORMOUS, so I used a lot of Rattan Balls, my wreath cost about $11)

Here’s how:

Gather your ingredients from the Dollar Store:

 

 

I used a large rattan wreath form from the Dollar Store, but now that the wreath is finished, I think it would’ve been much simpler to either use a foam form, or just create a wreath shape by using the twist ties and hot glue.

Have your kids help you with this next part, they’ll LOVE it!! Follow the directions on the egg dying kit to create the dyes in each cup. Then just dunk the rattan balls! They soak up color really quick! The larger balls will require being turned to color the whole thing. I found that the color you get within about a minute is the color you’ll have no matter how long you leave the balls in the dye. I kept trying to get various shades of each color by changing the time spent in the dye, but they all came out pretty much the same. The amount of dye from one kit was more than enough, even for my trillions of rattan balls!

At this point, you’ll just want to sit and stare at the collection of colors you’ve created, especially if Spring seems to be boycotting your city…it’s visually stunning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allow the balls to dry. I found this took several hours because, as previously whined about, Spring is boycotting Portland, so it was cold and rainy. You could speed things up  by tossing them in the dryer or using a hair dryer.

Now, depending on what kind wreath form you’re using, attach the balls to your wreath. I did this using twist ties. With a foam wreath form you can use hot glue. You can also use hot glue and/or twist ties or twine to just connect them together into a wreath shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all the balls were on the wreath, I clipped the ends of the twist ties. I then used hot glue to connect them all to each other, because I wanted the wreath to look more tightened and grouped, and to stabilize it. Here’s the finished wreath:

I picked up some decorative doodads at the Dollar Store as well…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like how very Springy and playful this is! I also picked up a pack of two little colorful birds at the Dollar Store, and that’s what I ended up using for the final draft of the wreath. I’m not usually a fan of decorative birds, but they look PERFECT on this bright wreath!

Whilst dying all the balls, my brain was SPINNING with ideas of what else I could do with them…here are a few things I thought of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s taking all the self control (and commitment to our budget) that I’ve got to not go back and buy ALL of the rattan balls and more egg dying kits to make enough to go around my entire fence in the backyard!! I think these would stand up to the rain really well. I’ve also been thinking about connecting the rattan balls to a strand of twinkling lights….how fun, right!?!

What else would YOU do with these bright and vibrant orbs?

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65 Responses to Make a Dollar Store Spring Wreath

  1. Katie says:

    I pretty much love this idea!! Great job!

  2. CharlotteW says:

    Very cute! You could also attach them to white lights for outdoor decorating fun!

  3. chris says:

    This is so sweet and colorful.Love it.

  4. Terri says:

    Wow, these are making me want to run right over to The Dollar Tree right now and pick up some rattan balls and an egg dye kit! How cool!

  5. That is SO cool! I love the idea! :)

  6. Laura says:

    I love this idea! The balls attached to twinkle lights sounds like a great idea. I have been wanting to put up lights on my back porch, but didn’t want it to look to Christmas-y in the spring and summer. This might just be the perfect solution! :)

  7. Molly Smith says:

    This is the cutest wreath I have seen this season!!! I’ve never seen the rattan balls before and must get some. Great ideas and what a colorful decoration(s). Thanks for sharing. (Love the purple door also, lol)

  8. Christine says:

    Oh..so…loving it! What a great idea…guess I’ll be heading over to the $$ store today. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Marcia Clark says:

    This is so cool! I want to make on of these! Love the bright colors!

  10. Amanda says:

    I just stumbled here and love this idea!

  11. The Happy Wife/Danielle says:

    I can totally see doing this for other holidays as well. Red/White/Blue for the 4th of July, Orange/Black or all black for Halloween, Brown/Yellow/Orange for Thanksgiving, Green/Red for a unique Christmas wreath, Red/Pink/White for Valentines, Light and Dark green for St. Patrick’s Day…..ok, I think I am going to have some fun making some of these.

  12. Shannyn says:

    THAT IS GORGEOUS! Oh my gosh, I might just *force* myself to go to Dollar Tree…hahaha…like I ever really NEED an excuse to hit up that place! lol! The colors just make me blissful- I LOVE this idea since I wasn’t able to find a wreath that I loved and would be good for the rest of spring, not just Easter!

  13. Becca says:

    My dollar tree doesn’t have these. Neither does hobby lobby. I was so ready to work on a dye job this weekend but no such luck. I love this idea!

    • Sophie says:

      make them!!

      http://attackofthehungrymonster.blogspot.com/2011/09/twine-orbs.html

      I don’t thing these would handle the rain. unless you used a weather proof glue. I think a bit of experimentation is in order!!!
      Have fun

    • Pam says:

      I ran out this morning all eager to make a couple of these. 2 of the 3 Dollar Trees didn’t have the rattan balls. The 3rd DT is too far on the other side of town to make a wasted trip. Our Michael’s didn’t have them either.

      • heather says:

        Unfortunately, the stock of dollar stores is unpredictable. Sorry you couldn’t find what you were looking for – maybe when we get a little closer to spring/summer, they’ll get them back in stock.

  14. Jennifer says:

    I love this idea for a wreath, and all the other fun and creative things you can do with the ratan balls. Thanks for the great ideas!

  15. Robin~All Things Heart and Home says:

    Heather! I LOVE this idea! There are a hundred things you could do using this brilliance! I’m picking up some of those little twine balls next time I’m there!
    Wondermus!
    xo
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

  16. Sabrina says:

    An absolute fabulous way to bring wonderful color to spring! I love it! You go girl!!

  17. What a great idea!! Hi, I’m a new liker of your blog. I would like to invite you over to link up with our Show Off Your Crafty Side blog hop.

    Hope you can stop by sometime..

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

    Cindy

  18. Sarah says:

    This is one of the best diy wreaths on the cheap I have seen yet. I love wreaths and think this would be great for Halloween or Christmas. so many ideas for this my head is swimming. Thanks.

  19. Lori H says:

    I LOVE this!!! Went straight to my Dollar Tree last week and they didn’t have the rattan balls or the Easter egg dye. I was SO disappointed!!! I hope I can get to another Dollar Tree before everything is gone.

  20. Crystal says:

    This project is so cute and reminds me of another project I saw yesterday. I noticed that some people are having problems finding the ratan balls. I think you would be able to make your own that look really similar using this project with yarn scraps. If you used white yarn you could still dye them:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/17070371/

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  22. Found you via MomAdvice’s Notebook entry. This is so adorable-I wonder if I’d be lucky enough to find some of those balls at my dollar store. . .

  23. Heather says:

    Wow! Terrific idea!!! Tie them onto a string of white lights and you’ll have a really beautiful display in your back yard! Thanks for the idea!

  24. Rachel says:

    The little bird is SUCH a cute touch! Great idea!

    If you’re looking for other Spring decorating ideas, you should check these out: http://www.allfreeholidaycrafts.com/Spring-Crafts

  25. Your wreath is adorable ~ I love it!

    I am hosting a new linky party on Wednesdays ~ FALL in Love With Your Home. I’d love for you to join in the fun.

    Have a very happy Labor day!

  26. Margaret Miller says:

    I love this idea. You could use different colors and make it for all Holidays.

  27. Robyn says:

    SO CUTE! I will totally be doing this for upcoming spring 2012. I do have have a question though – did you paint your door purple especially for Easter?! If so, you are my hero. If not, you’re still my hero for having a purple front door :)

    • Breanna says:

      my door was a deep red for the LONGEST time and i loved it until one day i totally hated it! I painted my kitchen that same purple and had some paint left over and though YES! a solution to the door!

      It was quite close to easter, but I’ve left it purple for almost a year now because i love it so much!

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  29. What a cute idea. So bright and fun.

  30. This is a wonderful idea. I like the playful nature of the wicker balls colored in pastel colors. If you like the use of whimsical approaches, you will also like creating your own festive holiday Christmas Wreaths. Check it out!

  31. I love the wreath!!! what a great idea!! and I love that’s it’s all from the dollar tree!!!

  32. lexi says:

    This is a great idea, i want to make something like this a big sphere lantern instead of a wreath, but I CANNOT find the rattan balls anywhere in lincoln NE!
    someone help me please :P

    • Breanna says:

      Unfortunately, the stock of dollar stores is unpredictable. Sorry you couldn’t find what you were looking for – maybe when we get a little closer to spring/summer, they’ll get them back in stock.

    • Alicia says:

      When I first saw this wreath, I thought that it was yarn balls. They can be made by making a glue/water solution, dipping yarn in it and wrapping it around a balloon to dry. I think it might work.

  33. Julie says:

    Cant find the Rattan Balls anywhere! :-(

    • Breanna says:

      don’t give up! Keep checking the dollar store…i’m guessing that they’ll be back in stock as we get closer to spring!

  34. Amanda says:

    I love this!! I wonder if coating the dyed balls in clear spray would help them hold up to weather as a garland…

  35. Vicky says:

    What a great idea…think you could probably use yarn scraps if you are a knitter/crocheter. Dip the yarn into modge podge and wrap around balloons and when dry pop the balloons.

  36. shannon says:

    LOVE this idea! I had never thought of dying the balls! I’ve seen them at the Dollar Tree, but couldn’t figure out what to do with them! I hope you don’t mind if I repost this on my website, holicraft.com Thanks so much for the great idea!

  37. That is BRILLIANT! And cute as all get out!

  38. jaemi says:

    Does anyone know where else to buy the rattan balls? The ones you make will they take the dye?

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  41. I just made the soap from you recipe and loved doing it. Felt good to make something for once instead of buying it. Got to flipping around and found this sweet and adorable wreath love it!!!! You go girl and keep it up. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with. Thanks!!!!!

  42. This is so cute! I’ve pinned it and I’m your newest follower!

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  44. angela says:

    Hi Love your idea! thought it was string balls at first! Where do I find these rattan balls? Not sure if my dollarama hads them.

    • Breanna says:

      I bought them at the Dollar Tree last spring, and haven’t seen them again since then…you could make this wreath from the string balls too though!

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  48. Harriet says:

    great pictures and instructions…..thank you for that…….most of the projects do not have such great instructions nor the pictures

  49. Janet says:

    Did you ever make a twine ball by wrapping twine (or yarn) around an inflated balloon? You could make the balloons different sizes. I don’t remember the rest of the directions but someone else out there might be able to help.

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  51. Trish says:

    I love this idea. I’m new to crafting but this looks so doable. I’m going to do this with my kiddos this weekend. Thanks for all the great ideas keep them coming.

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