This project met my top two criteria of being fast and cheap. It cost $5 for a foam wreath form at the craft store and you can buy a pack these drink umbrellas for $5 here. The wreath took only about an hour from start to finish, although I did have a helper.
This project reminded me a lot of the wine cork wreath I made in the past, because it just involves sticking the toothpicks into the form and continuing to add more and more until it is filled:
A few tips I learned as I went along:
- Vary the height and position of the umbrella – I broke some of the toothpicks in half and left some of the umbrellas slightly closed
- Leave the tiny rubber band on the toothpick, because that is what you slide up to keep the umbrella open
- Try to fill in all the gaps and especially around the sides so you don’t see any of the wreath form when it is hanging on a door
My lighting in our condo entry is pretty bad for photos, but if you had a nice sunny porch, this would look awesome paired with a neon chevron doormat, like we created at our last DIY night: