Can you believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving already?  We hope your dinner shopping is all done and you’re sitting back, resting up for a fun-filled day tomorrow!  Or maybe you’re using your vacation time to do some crafting?  Whatever you’re up to, we hope your Thanksgiving is filled with good food and friends and family–all of the things you’re most thankful for in your life.

When I thought about putting together a Thanksgiving wreath, I knew I wanted it to represent what I am most thankful for–my family.  I also have a goal to get more of my family photos off the computer and on display in my home, so I wanted to use them in my wreath.

I love the berry stems that are most often available for Christmas and felt that they would be a good wreath backdrop for my photos.  I was thrilled, then, when I spotted an orange berry stem wreath already made at a local craft store.  How awesome it would be to just glue some framed photos onto a finished wreath and voila, instant completed project!  Unfortunately the wreath was $70!!  I kept looking and found some berry stem floral sprays that were on sale for $12.50 each.  I realized I could re-purpose those sprays by rearranging them onto a grapevine wreath and achieve a similar look as the orange berry wreath for much less.

 I also found some gold berry picks at Michaels on sale for $.25 each and thought they’d accent the piece nicely.
Using some wire cutters I took the floral sprays apart and arranged the berry stems on the wreath until I achieved the look I desired.  I added in some leaves from the sprays and tucked in the gold berries.  Then it was time to add the photos.  I picked up these frames from Michaels:

At first, when I was searching for the perfect small frames, the only ones I could find were $3.99 a piece–again more than I wanted to spend for each frame.  Fortunately I found these little 3″x3″ framed canvases by Artist’s Loft on an end cap near the art/canvas supplies at Michaels.  The frames can be used as is, or they can be painted to whatever color works best for your project.  There are 2 frames in a package for $2.99.  The best part is that you don’t need to use the little canvases for this project.  Simply pop them out of the frame, glue your photos in, and keep the canvases for a later project! 

Once the wreath was assembled, I took a piece of wire and looped it around the stems of the grapevine form to create a hanger for the wreath.  If your front door is metal like mine, you can use the 3M Command hooks to secure the wreath to your front door.

 This project was so easy to do it took less than an afternoon to complete from start to finish.  I have decided to keep my eye out for sales on the red berry stems/floral sprays as the holiday season progresses so I can make one for Christmas.  Now the only thing left to do is figure out where to store it once the season is over! 
Happy Thanksgiving!