A hole saws is designed to cut a round hole in wood and not for cutting a piece of wood into a perfectly round shape.
I could blow it off as part of a being DIYer who works with recycled materials but the fact of the matter is, my reclaimed wood stash is starting to outgrow its storage area. I need to either use it or start making up gift boxes of scraps for friends to use as kindling in their fire pits. Which I may or may not have gotten puzzling looks when I may or may not have tried to pass off a box of wood scraps for a fire pit as a hostess gift in the past.
Hole saw scraps!
Fortunately, there were a few wood rounds that were in good enough shape - or could be with a smattering of wood filler and some sanding - that I decided to use them to make a scrap wood wreath. And you can too! Read my step by step tutorial to learn how!
You will need:
10 2 1/2 inch unfinished wood circles
11 2 inch unfinished wood circles
4 inch wood letter
Orange craft paint
Kiwi green craft paint
Turquoise craft paint
Yellow craft paint
Rust –Oleum clear coat spray paint
Flat round wood wreath form like this one
2 soda pop aluminum can tabs
2 small wood screws
Twine or wire
Disclosure: I added affiliate links to the supplies I used to make this project for your convenience.
How to Make it:
1. If needed, hand sand any rough edges and surfaces smooth with the sanding sponge. If you are using wood rounds from a craft store you can most likely skip this step since they are already sanded smooth and ready to go.
2. Use the paint brush and craft paint to paint the following:
- 2 1/2 inch wood rounds – Paint the surface orange and the edges lime green
- 2 inch wood rounds – Paint the surface turquoise and the edges yellow
- Wood letter – Paint the letter yellow
Tip: Binge watch your favorite show while you work to make the time fly buy. Right now I’m streaming Mercy Street on my iPad for free through Amazon Prime. So good!
3. Arrange the large wood rounds into a circle topped with the small wood rounds in a size pleasing to you. Use the Gorilla Glue to glue the wood rounds into place.
Tip: You can glue your wood rounds to a flat wood wreath form (which I will be buy here) for extra stability. I didn’t do this because my wreath will spend most of its life hanging on a stationary wall rather than a moving front door. Unfortunately it just came apart in two places after I took it off the wall and had it on my desk for reference while I wrote this post. Whoops!
4. Use the Gorilla Glue to glue the wood letter to the front of the wreath and allow the glue to dry overnight.
Warning: Gorilla Glue expands three times its size when it is drying to create a bond that holds like iron. If you aren’t careful about how much Gorilla Glue you apply to the back of the wood rounds, you may find a hard foam on the surface of your wreath where the glue has seeped out around the edges. If this happens – hey nobody’s perfect! – you can easily sand it to remove the excess glue and touch it up with paint. Not that I know anything about this.
5. Spray the wreath with a coat of clear coat to protect it from the elements. Allow the clear spray paint to dry overnight.
How to Make an Aluminum Can Tab Wreath Hanger
Just hanging around...
5. Either use a screwdriver and small wood screws or Gorilla Glue to attach one or two aluminum can tabs to the back of the wreath. I am always running out of saw tooth picture hangers (they look like this) so I switched to using aluminum can tab tops to hang light projects like this. I have a baby food jar in my toolbox I use to save the pull tab from the rare pop or craft beer can that crosses my path. I always have a ready supply of homemade picture hangers when I need them.
6. You can tie a loop of twine or wire though the aluminum can tab tops to make a hanging loop, if you like.
7. Hang your colorful scrap wood wreath, stand back, and admire your work!
If you'd rather buy than DIY a year round outdoor door wreath, check out the following ideas - and more!- below!