I have a confession….. I am not a huge wreath fan. I want to like them and I think that most are pretty cute. But I just don’t get super excited over them. Christmas is really the only time (with very few exceptions) that I even hang them. I was trying to think of a fun non’traditional wreath I could make this year. I was working on a chalkboard project while I was contemplating this challenge and this idea popped in my head.
I love the idea of a chalkboard wreath because you can make it look like anything you want. This is my take on a boxwood wreath.
And here is a holy one!
It is super simple to make. I used thin plywood because that is what I had on hand. But you could also use foam core poster board or chipboard.
I traced two bowls onto the plywood. I eyeballed it but you can measure to find the exact center if you want.
In order to get the jig saw blade in to cut the center circle out, you will need to drill a hole large enough for the jigsaw blade to fit. It is easier to cut the center out first.
Then you can cut the outer circle.
I puttied any place the wood was rough or where it splintered from the saw. Then I sanded the whole thing smooth as I could.
Then I sprayed it with chalkboard spray paint. It soaked up a lot of paint so I had to do 4 coats.
Then I glued ribbon onto the back. If this were heavier I would have had to use staples but since the plywood I used was so thin, it is very light weight.
Then comes the fun part! Decorate it anyway you want. I did a fall leaf wreath first when I made this back in October. You can also use chalk markers so it will last longer. But if you use regular chalk, a little trick I learned from my mom is to lightly spray it with hairspray and it won’t rub off until you wash it off.
So what do you think of this non-traditional wreath???