Recently I was staying at the super posh Westin Oaks inside the Houston Galleria (yes, we stayed at a hotel connected to the mall…heaven!), and all the super high end retailers had their holiday displays. One in particular had the most gorgeous matte gold wreaths adorned with simple white ornaments and a silver beaded garland, and I became obsessed. It was so classy, simple and chic. I finally tracked down a similar wreath at a home décor store and it was $70 for just the gold wreath. No thanks!
Not one to be easily deterred, I got some inspiration when I thought about my beloved gold spray paint from True Value. I cannot emphasize how AMAZING this spray paint is—it is the most beautiful, true, bright gold I’ve ever seen in spray paint form. Right now it’s on sale for $2.99, so I need to go to my local True Value and stock up pronto. I’ve used it on metal, wood, plastic, and glass...and now on faux wreaths. I buy this stuff by the case. So, I decided to make my own matte gold wreath. The pictures don’t do it justice, y’all. It’s not shiny, but it is very gold and I love how it pops against my mirrors in the dining room.
Let me break down this super easy process for you. While I used a matte gold spray paint, you could easily do this with a solid color, another metallic finish such as silver or copper, or you could layer a metallic color and finish it off with some Krylon Glitter Blast for lots of sparkle.
· I started with a basic 24” wreath (this could also work on garland), and I fluffed it to what I would want it to look like if I were to hang it as is.
· I did one light coat of gold over the whole wreath and let it dry about five minutes.
· Next I flipped it over so that the back was showing to make sure I got paint along the edges, which was especially important since I hung it against a mirror and it’d show part of the backside. Let it dry five minutes. Flip back over.
· Now is the part where you move branches around and spray paint into the branches/nooks/crannies to make sure you can’t see any green.
· Do this until you’re satisfied with the coverage. Let it dry completely for about an hour, then feel free to attach ornaments, garland, etc. I kept it simple and glam.
· While this is easy to do, it does take a little bit of time. It’s a lot of spray, dry, wait and repeat.
· The wreath may not look large, but all those little branches are tiny areas/spaces that need to be painted…so plan to use about one can of spray paint per wreath.
· This will take several coats and some shuffling of branches, but always make sure the wreath/garland is dry before moving on.
· Command Hooks and suction cups are two of my fave tools for hanging wreaths over items such as mirrors. I use the Command Hook on the wall and the suction cup on the mirror to ensure it stays in place. It’s all covered up with a wide satin ribbon and brooch.
· Metallic finishes tend to be very matte (yay!), so your wreath will not be sticky. Glossy spray paints tend to have a tacky finish for a while, so matte/satin finishes are recommended. If you use glitter, put a clear satin coat over it to help prevent the glitter from flaking off.
So, I know we all love spray paint in this DIY blog world, but remember you can use it for things besides furniture and knick knacks. It can be used to transform ordinary holiday décor to something totally custom and beautiful.
And if you want to see how I use spray paint to create custom high-end ornaments like the ones below, check out my post over on the True Value DIY Squad website.
How do you use spray paint in your holiday décor?
I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, the opinions read here are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.