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Welcome to this month’s “Thrifty Style Team” September edition. You better hang on to your cowboy boots for this one. There are 14 of us this month! You’re about to read the story about our cozy DIY “Whiskey Barrel Hoop Fall Wreath”, so pour yourself a whiskey and pull up a stool. Or just sip some hot tea on your sofa like me.
My husband texted me out of the blue one day a few years back and said, “Dell has this amazing empty whiskey barrel he doesn’t want. Do you want it?” Dell is a friend of my husband’s just so you know. I said, “Heck yah. That sounds cool.” So, Rick brought it home in his truck and we put it in the garage and there it sat for 2 years, or maybe even 3. I lost track 😯 .
Ohhhh…we discussed many ideas like a coffee table, a Christmas tree “stand”, and even a raised garden planter. It seemed like when the seasons changed, so did the ideas. This last month or so I realized it had become a “catch-all” in the garage and it just really had to go. I just never gained the energy to do any of the ideas and that’s okay. Sometimes (more times) we need to just let things go, you know? So, I sold it for a whopping $100 bucks. Before she escaped I grabbed one of her hoops. Don’t worry, she still had plenty of hoop-age.
I’m not really a whiskey barrel hoop connoisseur, but I know a good rusty hoop when I see one. Just look at that baby. It almost gets by just like this. Oh, AND THEY SELL THESE ON LINE (see source list below).
Well, I thought about leaving it like this, but I knew you might think I was slacking over here 😀 so I got my cowboy hat on and I started thinking as hard as I could. I have to admit that this repurpose idea did not come easy. I really had to search through some tumbleweeds. I knew I wanted a wreath, and I knew it had to be Fall. First, I tried attaching a bunch of dollar store faux Fall florals and it looked “okay”. It just didn’t make me smile though. It was boring as all heck to be honest.
So, I dug deeper. I went into my ribbon stash and found the cute red and black flannel ribbon I used a couple years ago on my “Christmas Flannel Trees”.
After I tied that to the top, it made me feel like I might be dressing it up for a Fall bonfire or something. I asked my kiddos if they thought the same thing and they agreed. I knew I was headed in a rustic direction.
I went back downstairs into my “stuff” and found the sweater weather chalk board sign that I made last year (that was so easy to make you gotta see it here). I was planning on just putting it off to the side for my Fall tour coming up (October 5), but then I saw that it fit perfectly in the middle of the hoop. I asked Rick to drill holes in it and I attached it with a little twine (wooden matches attached with same glue that is in my source list below).
Then I thought, “Hmmmm… what can I put on the bottom that would go with the ‘Sweater Weather’ theme? A Sweater? No. A scarf? No, it looked ridiculous. More faux flowers? No way I had enough of those things.”
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Wait a minute. How about few mini logs like a campfire? Rick got up once again from his spot and helped me cut a few pieces of real wood log slices to glue on there. Then I just stuck dollar store Fall garland leaves in after it was dry. What do you think of it? I think it is cute as heck. Especially since I plan incorporating the entire cozy wood theme into my Fall porch tour which is coming up on October 5th. This “Whiskey Barrel Hoop Fall Wreath” is just the beginning of some really cute Fall ideas coming soon.
By the way, in case you missed it last Sunday, I invited you over for cheese & wine…
Please don’t forget to see what the rest of the amazing Thrifty Style Team is up to today…
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