This unique wreath of golden circles is modern and elegant, and few visitors who come to your door this holiday season will realize that it's actually made from PVC pipe. That's right — PVC pipe. Cut from various widths of pipe, glued together and spray painted, the wreath is both a showstopper and a conversation starter.
Things You'll Need
- PVC pipe of various widths, 1-inch to 3-inches
- Black marker
- Masking tape
- Hand saw
- Sandpaper, 120-grit and 400-grit
- Round container, 7-inch diameter
- All purpose permanent glue
- Drill with 9/64-inch bit
- Eye screws, #210 size
- Gold spray paint
- Fabric ribbon
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Step 1: Mark PVC Pipe in Increments
Although this wreath uses PVC pipes of different widths, you will want all of the pieces to be the same thickness for a uniform look. The wreath in this example is 3 inches thick, which is a good size to hold ornaments. Using a ruler and a black pen, mark off increments of 3 inches on the PVC pipes to guide your cutting.
Step 2: Cut the Pipe
Wrap a piece of masking tape around the pipe where you have marked it with the pen. The tape will help guide you to cut in a straight line. Using a hand saw, cut the pieces of PVC pipe. It is up to you how many of each width to cut, but in general you will need fewer of the narrower pieces and more of the wider ones.
3-inch wide PVC pipe is very heavy, especially as it is typically sold in 10-foot pieces. If you would rather not purchase an entire pipe, look for 3-inch PVC coupling, which is available in the same aisle at your local home improvement store. It works just as well, and it's pre-cut for you at 3 inches wide by 3 inches thick.
Step 3: Sand the Edges
Smooth the cut edges of the PVC pipe with 120-grit sandpaper, and then finish with 400-grit paper.
Step 4: Arrange the Pieces
Using a round container with a 7-inch diameter as a placeholder for the center of the wreath, arrange the pieces of PVC pipe around the container. Try to make as many of the pieces touch the adjacent pieces as possible.
Step 5: Glue the Pieces Together
All pipe pieces should be touching at least two adjacent pieces, and glue needs to be applied to all contact points. Starting with the inner pieces closest to the round container, apply a strip of glue along the length of the pipe where it will touch other pieces. Remove only one piece at a time so you do not lose track of the formation. When you are done, remove the glass container in the middle.
Step 6: Add Hanging Hooks
This wreath is heavy, so you will need two hanging hooks on opposite sides to distribute the weight evenly. Mark a point at the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions of the wreath, and drill a hole at each position midway along the pipe's length.
Insert an eye screw into each of the two holes. For this wreath, #210 eye screws and a 9/64-inch drill bit were used. If you're using different sized eye screws, start with a smaller drill bit and make the hole progressively bigger with larger bits until it is the right size for your eye screw.
Step 7: Spray Paint the Wreath
In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the wreath in high gloss gold, or another color of your choice. Be careful to apply paint in all the nooks and crannies of the circles. Paint over the eye screws as well. When the front is dry, flip the wreath over to paint the back.
Step 8: Thread Ribbon Through the Hooks
Cut a piece of fabric ribbon that is about 52 inches long and thread it through one of the eye screws. Then fold the ribbon over so there is a 26-inch double length of ribbon extending from the screw. Repeat for the second eye screw.
Take the two lengths of ribbon coming from the two eye screws and tie a knot and bow, which you will use to hang from a hook on the door. The bow should be positioned about 7 inches from the top of the wreath.
Step 9: Decorate With Ornaments
After you hang the finished wreath on a door, add ornaments in a few of the larger circles of PVC pipe. Who knew PVC stood for "pretty," "versatile" and "creative"?