Whilst in Hobbycraft at the weekend I found a large, polystyrene wreath base just begging to be made over. One half-price packet of craft foam (and a 15% discount code) later, and I had everything I needed to give it a go. 24 hours later, I'd gone from this:
I've since added a length of ribbon to the back, and hung it up by our front door.
My version's definitely nowhere near as awesome as the original, but I'm still glad that I had a go at making it myself. My DIYs don't stem from being a cheapskate, or from not wanting to support independent retailers/makers, but because I get infinitely more satisfaction from figuring out how to make my own version of something I've admired online rather than clicking "add to basket" and waiting for a parcel to arrive.
I spent the rest of the long weekend giving our porch a facelift with some leftover white paint (it's been a grubby mustard yellow since we moved in 3.5 years ago) and I think this wreath will be a much cheerier greeting than a welcome mat. It also warns any visitors about the colour explosion waiting to envelope them in our home. It's like being cuddled by a rainbow, I tell ya.