During my second week as a Kit Designer at Brit + Co, I was asked to come up with a few DIY projects for the holidays. Naturally, I surfed some of my favorite shops and was inspired by this amazing Dresden Ornament Wreath by Terrain. I love everything about it, from the gold tones to the delightful woodland critters hidden amongst the leaves. Most importantly, I love how nonspecific to the holidays it is! I knew I could totally hack this kickass wreath with objects found around the office. What better way to leave a first impression with my team than to swipe random objects off of their desks (whoops!)?

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From far away, this wreath looks like an amazing piece of antique home decor…

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…but up close is where the real fun is! This is some seriously low-cost holiday decor. All you need is objects from around the house — the more random the objects seem, the better.

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Materials and Tools:

– 12-inch metal hoop

– faux or real botanicals

– glue gun and glue sticks

– gold spray paint

– thin wire

– wire cutters

– found objects

Check the deep corners of your couch, your sister’s memorabilia box and your mother’s sewing kit to find your materials and let’s get started!

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Start by laying out a foundation of botanicals along the wreath. Arrange the branches along the metal hoop and secure them with thin wire.

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For buttons and similar objects, thread the thin wire through the holes as if you were sewing. This will help create a secure bond.

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For any objects that are way too wonky-shaped to wrap, use your trusty glue gun.

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The key to creating a successful wreath is to add layers of interest. Your guests will be drawn in to take a closer look, so go nuts!

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We added a few numbers to create a wreath that’s perfect for a dorm room or front door.

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Once you’re finished arranging, you’ll have an awesomely random mess.

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Cats and jacks and dinosaurs, oh my!

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To tie these random objects together, give your wreath two to three coats of gold spray paint.

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For the final step, tie a piece of ribbon to the hoop so that you can hang your new wreath.

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Be the envy of all your neighbors without breaking the bank!

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The best part of this project is that unlike a Christmas tree or Christmas lights, you can keep this up all year with #noshame.

What found objects will you add to your wreath? Share them in the comments section below!

DIY Production and Styling: Marianne Koo

Photography: Chris Andre