Changeable Wall Sculpture

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As fall approaches, we use seasonal wreaths to decorate our homes. Here is an idea using wreaths to create a wall sculpture.

I have been cleaning the garden beds in preparation for the fall plantings, and this has led to considering my hardscape. There is a north facing wall on my home, which is framed by crepe myrtles and azaleas. This wall has always felt bare to me. I have attempted to add plants that could rise above the azalea bushes for interest, but this did not work. My wife and I have been walking the garden to make various plans. She wants me to build a large planter of cement as an accent piece. To show me her idea, she had cut out images from magazines of gardens that she found to be inspiring. That is when I was reminded of the holiday wreaths that would soon be adorning the doors and walls.

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    I have not been a big fan of wreaths in the past. I am not always happy with how they are decorated. I do understand that they could be more creatively adorned, so I thought about my bare wall, and how wreaths could be used. I found the wreaths at a craft shop  that were quite cheap. I also encountered a round wreath ball ( a little more expensive). I painted these black. I then came up with a pattern. I tied the pieces together with wire. Three wreaths and the ball were also joined by an old television antenna.
    This is not high art. However hanging this sculpture in the frame of plants on that bare wall created a striking view. Now I have my visual interest, so then I thought about the decorating that will come this season. Instead of buying Halloween decorations, my children and I make our own from items around the house. A basketball hoop becomes a huge ghost.Trash bags are turned into spiders or bats. With the wreaths being black, I could add orange ribbon to make a seasonal change. Later I can add the grass fronds for fall. Gourds can help with a Thanksgiving theme. Then red and green ribbons with pine cones will be the Christmas change. Flowers will be added for spring.
    This project came in under twenty dollars. I will have to see how long it will last. Painting the vines of the wreath should help, but renewing this sculpture is not expensive. The project lasted for a half hour. I recently had to repair my bamboo fence. I purchased a bamboo screen a year ago, and the stalks were becoming dark brown and grey. Leftover spray paint turned out to be a great option. A light spray of yellow and green that was almost yellow coated the bamboo well, giving me new life to my seating area. I guess paint in the garden is a good thing.

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