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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Look for Less Design Challenge: CB2 Knock-Off Peace Wreath

When I was asked to participate in a "Look for Less" Design Challenge, I jumped at the chance, as this is right up my alley!  I thought about doing several different projects just for the sake of doing them, but ultimately wanted to make something that I could use in my own home, that other people could easily recreate, and something I really loved.  I wanted to do something fun and modern.  I found this peace wreath in the new CB2 catalog and knew it was the perfect time for me to get a jumpstart on a holiday DIY! 



The CB2 Inner Peace Wreath (Novogratz Collection) retails for $49 + shipping.  I made mine for just under $13. It's huge, and I love it!


I love the simplicity and the modern/rustic feel.  This is so easy to make, anyone can do it!


Here is the wreath styled in our dining room niche.  When I actually decorate for the holidays, it will probably find a new home outdoors, but for now, inside will have to do! This wreath is very large, 36" in diameter, so it really makes a statement!


This wreath is large, but easily hangs by a nail (or Command Strip).


I simply purchased a large, round grapevine wreath (with coupon it was $10), some cheap twigs from an ugly piece from a thrift store (2.50) that I deconstructed, and a strand of Christmas lights I already had on hand. The inspiration wreath had a diameter of 36", and I was able to find one that large at both Michael's & Hobby Lobby.

I trimmed up the grapevine wreath with my garden shears to remove any loose pieces or sticks that were sticking out, etc.  I wanted the wreath to look very round and sort of compact. I used floral wire to tighten up the edges around the wreath.


I then deconstructed an ugly thrift store piece to acquire my long sticks for the center of the peace sign. They happened to be just a bit longer than I needed so I cut them all down to size. I also trimmed any wayward branches. These old pieces are easily found at thrift stores, or you can purchase bunches of sticks at craft stores (or gather some from your yard)!


I then used some of the leftover shorter twigs, as well as twigs I pulled from the actual grapevine wreath to get the two shorter sides of peace sign. I made two even stacks and cut them down to the the same length.


Once I had my three bundles, I secured each of them together with fishing wire to keep them nice and tight.


I then started placing (eyeballed) the bundles where I wanted them and secured those to the grapevine with fishing wire. I also stuck some of the twigs in between the grapevine sticks for extra security. You will just need to play around with this part until you get the peace sign looking straight and secured. You will not see the fishing wire once the strand of lights goes on, so secure as much as you need!


Once I felt the peace sign was secure, I wrapped a long strand of Christmas lights all around, leaving a foot or so of cord hanging at the bottom so I could plug it in. This part probably took the longest because you have to weave in and out without puncturing your hand with twigs!

I love the way it turned out and it is classic enough to use year after year.  PEACE OUT!



Be sure to check out all of the other great Design Challenge Posts by clicking on the links below!






Life on Virginia Street : Wood Bead Chandelier

Kitchen Table Art : Faux Pie Safe

We will be doing another challenge after the new year!  I hope you found something that inspired you! xo

Linking up with: http://betweennapsontheporch.net, http://www.keepingitsimplecrafts.com, http://www.skiptomylou.org, http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com, http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com, 

15 comments :

  1. This is so fun!! I am sooo ready for Christmas...and you made this look so easy I might have to attempt it :) This challenge totally inspires me to never buy an expensive piece again! I'm also completely obsessed with your dining room....its perfect! Great job!

    xo Kylie

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  2. It turned out great! I actually like yours better than the cb2 version. :) Perfect for a little off beat Christmas - or even keeping up year round.

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    1. I thought about keeping it up somewhere year round too. Maybe on our back patio (covered space)!

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  3. This looks so great styled on your wall. Makes me think I need to get my Christmas decorations out! Great job!

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    1. Thanks for including me in this challenge, Kayla!

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  4. I had no idea how huge this thing was. It looks AMAZING over your bar cart. I also think yours looks better than the CB2 version - it has such a rustic/glam look. Love it!

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    1. Thank you Sarah-love the rustic/modern feel of it too! So easy to make!

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  5. Love the idea to put your own spin on a grapevine wreath, I've never been much of a wreath person but this is something I'm gonna try :)

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  6. Your wreath is so festive! I love it :) It's getting me in the mood to decorate for the holidays. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. I saw that wreath in the CB2 catalog and thought it would make a great knock off project. You did an awesome job. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  8. Thirty-six inches? That is HUGE! Oh my goodness. It must be heavy. I love the look. I may attempt constructing my own using grape vines from the backyard (they grow wild ever since I first bought the lot before the house was built) but I think I'll try a 24" diameter instead. And, since it is a peace sign, it could be used all year around. I'll have to experiment with where to hang it, once I get it built! I bought 3 for $10 battery-operated LED lights. The lights are that horrible blue-white that don't cast must glow, but they're cheap and the small battery pack could be tucked into the vines or secured to the back of the wreath with floral wire or twisty-ties. Frees one up to use the wreath without the necessity for a cord and outlet. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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    1. Jan-this thing is HUGE! That is what I love about it! I have it hung outside right now, and it is being held up by a large nail hammered into the wood on our home. I think any size would be so cute all year round!! Thanks for stopping by!

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