When it comes to decorating for the holidays, and Christmas in particular, I like quirky. My Christmas tree is covered with superhero ornaments, my gifts are wrapped with fun paper and photo gift tags, and my mantle is covered with my duct tape trees. The wreath on our front door this year is no exception. I made it out of pine tree air fresheners.
I mean really, how can you resist something as classically retro, kitschy, and cool as pine tree air fresheners? They already look like little Christmas trees, and have a pine smell to boot. They’re perfect, and I just had to make a wreath out of them.
I started with 24 pine tree air fresheners, in the classic “Little Trees” brand. They are pretty easy to find at any store with an automotive department, but you can save some money by buying them in bulk here on Amazon or here on eBay.
Now pay attention, because this is the most important part of this project — open the air fresheners up and put them outside or in the garage or somewhere besides your living space for a few days to get the smell to fade a little. Lemme tell ya, 24 air fresheners put out a LOT of pine smell!
Once the smell was bearable, I grabbed my hot glue gun and a floral and craft ring and got started. The ring I used was 18″, although in retrospect, I think 16″ would have worked a little better, scale-wise.
After dry-fitting the trees on the ring and getting a feel for spacing, I started gluing them in place. I overlapped each one, making sure that all the craft ring was covered completely.
The work went very quickly, and I kept going around the ring, adding trees. I admit that I didn’t have quite enough to cover the whole ring, but that was okay since I was going to add a bow to the bottom. Note that I left the strings attached to the trees, because I think they are part of the charm.
I hung one last air freshener from the top of the tree by undoing the string (to make it longer), tying one end to the tree, and hot gluing the other end to the back of the wreath. Then I added a bow (check out our bow making tutorial) to the bottom.
I am so happy with how this wreath came out! I love how the tree hanging in the center draws your focus in to what the wreath is made of.
I think it’s just the right amount of quirky for me. What do you think?