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Thrifty Chicks Unusual Wreaths Challenge: Vintage Door Knob and Hardware Wreath

Welcome everyone! I am so happy to announce that I have joined the talented Thrifty Chicks bloggers! Each month we will be participating in various crafting, repurposing and upcycling challenges. May’s challenge is “unusual wreaths,” and you will be able to view all the Thrifty Chicks’ unusual wreaths at the end of this post. For this unusual wreath challenge I have created a vintage door knobs, hardware, and keys wreath using items from my vintage junk collecting stash.

 I love making wreaths, but I am used to designing more traditional seasonal and holiday wreaths. I was stumped for a while on what kind of “unusual” wreath to make, but I knew I wanted the wreath to reflect my junky chic, vintage style. I came up with the idea to make a vintage door knob wreath simply because I have so many old door knobs and rusty door hardware hoarded in vignettes all over the house. I also really wanted to repurpose or upcycle something I already had for this wreath challenge instead of spending money, especially since I spent a little extra on our bedroom makeover for the Beautiful Bedrooms Tour last week.
I thought to myself, “A wreath goes on a door. Door knobs are on a door. Keys go in a door…a door knob wreath would be unusual…so why not?” Once I made up my mind, I started gathering my supplies and got straight to work. Take a look at how easy it was to make this wreath!

 Vintage Door Knob Wreath

Jim Holtz vintage keys Vintage door knob wreath supplies
Since I already had the door knobs, hardware, vintage keys and a 12 inch grapevine wreath, all I needed was some metallic spray paint. When I spotted a set of Jim Hotlz  Idea-ology Word Keys on sale however, I knew they would stand out better than the vintage keys I had. I also just love the charming words on each key.
I gave the wreath a light spraying with  Kryon Shortcuts antique bronze spray paint. I wanted the wreath to resemble metal wires and to have a similar “patina” of age like the vintage knobs and hardware.
Spray painted grapevine wreath metal effect
  I love the antique bronze color on grapevine! I am definitely going to try making another glam wreath of some kind using this spray paint.
Once the wreath dried I simply started placing the door knobs randomly around the wreath. Originally I was going to use almost all of my knobs (I’ve lost count at this point!) and have them form a complete circle around the wreath, but I liked the idea of adding the hinges and keys in between the knobs for interest instead.
 I did not use any glue or floral wire to get the door knobs to stay on. The grapevine is woven tightly, so I simply forced the little piece on the back of each door knob in between the branches in the wreath and twisted and pushed until they were firmly secure. I also pulled some of the looser branches up and over the knobs to secure them and to mimic the look of rusty old wire. Then I just wedged the door plates up under tight, thicker pieces of grapevine.
 Next I tied on the keys loosely with garden twine. I purposefully placed all the items  asymmetrically for visual interest.
All of this wreath making…and not a single sticky poke from floral wire or a hot glue gun blister to show for it! Good times!
Voila! I finished the wreath rather quickly! Only…something was missing. I liked the wreath at this point, but I wanted to fill in the negative space in the center with something.
Welcome chip board sign wreath ideas
I ended up going to Hobby Lobby to look around, and I found this little chipboard “Welcome” sign. It was on sale for 50% off so it only ended up costing a couple of dollars.
It was a plain gray, cardboard color, so I spray painted it with the metallic paint, and then I gave it a vintage patina using Decoart Vintage Effect Wash Patina and then used a little bit of gold metallic acrylic paint dry bushed on top to pick up on the golds in the old hardware.
Creative wreath using vintage door knobs, keys and door hardware junky chic style flea market style wreath
And here is how my unusual vintage door knob and hardware wreath turned out! I really love it! In the end I made this whole wreath with only one tiny drop of hot glue, under the “w,” just lightly tacked on to the door plate.  What do you think?
I simply love all of the patina and the vintage charm of this wreath, and it has given me a new way to display some of my beautiful vintage door knobs.
Unique handmade vintage door knob wreath shabby chic vintage style wreath
 When I started working on this wreath, I honestly didn’t expect to keep it on display after the challenge. I figured I would just disassemble it and put the knobs back here, there, and everywhere in vignettes, but I think the wreath turned out really nice!
For now I have decided to display it on a beautiful antique cabinet by the front door along with some of my other pretty knobs and brocante vintage junkin’ finds.
I hope you enjoyed this unusual wreath post! It was really simple to put together, and you can make a similar wreath, as long as you have some old door knobs and hardware. If you don’t just so happen to have piles of vintage door knobs everywhere (wait, am I the only one?) you can always go junkin’ for some this summer! Tis’ the junkin’ season after all!
 Thank you so much for visiting today! Don’t forget to take a look at all of the Thrifty Chicks’ unusual wreaths by clicking on the thumbnails in the links below. If you love fun DIY craft ideas, be sure to subscribe by email so you don’t miss any of the fun monthly challenges the Thrifty Chicks will be sharing. See you soon!

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  • Reply Debrashoppeno5

    I love this idea. You are so right why not carry the door theme to the wreath. The textures and colors look fantastic. And welcome to our blog hop. I am so glad you joined our group.

    May 9, 2018 at 9:42 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks so much Debra! I am so glad to be a part of the group. I am on my way to check out all the other wreaths now. Come back again soon!

      May 9, 2018 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    I love how this turned out, Amber! You definitely have a larger “stash” of doorknobs than me…yay! And yes, after assembling my hose wreath yesterday, my hands are sore-burns, pokes, you name it!

    May 9, 2018 at 9:43 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Laura! I really was more impressed by my avoidance of burns in this challenge than the wreath itself ha ha! Thanks for stopping by, heading over to check out your wreath now!

      May 9, 2018 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Tania

    Omg Amber! That is so cool and very unique! Love!


    May 9, 2018 at 10:12 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Tania! I am on my way to check out the other wreaths now!

      May 9, 2018 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Marie-The Interior Frugalista

    Nice to see you joined the Thrifty Chicks team, Amber! As a former member, I can attest that they are a fabulous group of gals to work with. I LOVE your door hardware wreath – such a great idea! Pinned 🙂

    May 9, 2018 at 12:26 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Marie! Thank you so much! I love thrifty crafts and I am looking forward to all the upcoming challenges. I enjoy your posts at Thursday Favorite Things! You are certainly a talented thrifty chick too!

      May 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Kathy A

    I love how your wreath looks and how you assembled it without glue (and burns!); you can easily take it apart, swap it up, etc. I know hot glue can be removed but it is such a hassle. And it can go anywhere, anytime! Welcome to this blog; I enjoy your posts.

    May 9, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Kathy! I try to make most of my wreaths without hot glue. I usually use floral wire but the knobs were too heavy. Luckily they stuck right down into the wreath. I am so happy to have you here visiting the blog! Come back again soon!

      May 9, 2018 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Diana

    I think you get the award for most unusual, Amber!! LOVE your wreath and all of its wonderful vintage-y goodness. We are so happy to have you join our small band of Thrifty Chicks 🙂

    May 9, 2018 at 5:38 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Diana! I am so happy to have joined the group! It’s going to be so much fun! I hope you will link up your wreath at TFT tomorrow. Thanks for visiting!

      May 9, 2018 at 11:28 pm
  • Reply Joy

    Love it! So happy I found y’all!
    I’m a country girl & a wreath-a-holic.
    Always looking for uniquely decorated wreaths. I’d say I found the place. ???????????????? .Joy⚘

    May 9, 2018 at 8:29 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Joy! I am so glad you found us too! I love making wreaths, and I will be sharing several more on the blog this summer. I hope you will stop by again soon, or subscribe by email so you know when a new wreath post is live. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      May 9, 2018 at 11:27 pm
  • Reply Jann Olson

    I love old door knobs and this is so cute Amber! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I’m sure it’s not intentional, but I’m not seeing it listed in your linking list.

    May 9, 2018 at 11:51 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Totally my fault Jann! I fixed it in all the posts I linked up. I am trying out link party animal and for some reason I didn’t think it was linking to your party until you commented yesterday. I thought you had mentioned taking a break. Anyway, so glad you are back! Thanks Jann!

      May 10, 2018 at 11:45 pm
  • Reply AnnMarie

    I love your wreath! Very creative and clever. What a nice collection of door knobs you have. Fun project.

    May 10, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you AnnMarie! I am so glad you like it! Thanks for visiting!

      May 10, 2018 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage

    I absolutely love this wreath Amber! Old door knobs and keys are fave things of mine and you used them so perfectly. Gorgeous!

    May 10, 2018 at 12:45 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Tuula! I am looking forward to seeing what you share next month for the challenge. Thanks for visiting!

      May 10, 2018 at 11:37 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, this is so fun! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

    May 14, 2018 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    What an amazingingly wonderful idea for a wreath!! I LOVE it!!! Thanks so much for sharing it!! Pinned!!

    May 16, 2018 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Debbee

    Amber, what a novel, clever wreath! And I love the repurposing. It would also look great on a painted, vintage front door on the covered porch of an old farmhouse or Victorian home.

    May 16, 2018 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Nikki Gwin

    Totally gorgeous! I am in love. Thanks for linking up last week with your divine wreath which I am featuring at next weeks OVER THE MOON LINK PARTY which goes live on Sunday evening at 5 pm central. Please stop by to see your feature and be sure to link up more awesome stuff!
    🙂 gwingal

    May 18, 2018 at 10:54 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh wow Nikki, thanks so much! Stop by again soon!

      May 22, 2018 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Beverly

    I love this wreath. I too have lots of old knobs and just might make one for myself.Pinned it. Stop by Over The Moon party since you are being featured.

    May 20, 2018 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Amber my heart skipped a beat when I saw this, it is so beautiful!

    May 24, 2018 at 9:45 am
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