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My Rake Wreath Hasn’t Found A Landing Spot Yet

Do you guys remember me talking about the rake wreath and how I found the perfect rake at my favorite junk shop? I finally got the wreath together. It was a super simple project. The only problem or issue is where to hang the thing.

rusty rake from my favorite junk shop

Rake Wreath Project

The rake was perfect. The paint was worn and the metal a bit rusty. The JTS removed the wood rake handle. Don’t worry. If I decide to use the rake for it’s intended purpose we can put it back together. I have to say I’m not much for raking leaves.

supplies for rake wreath

I gathered a few things from my Christmas junk stash.

Christmas greenery

This is one tote of junky Christmas greenery. I just throw things I might work with in the future in the tote and store it every year. Then the JTS gets all the stuff down from the shed attic.

holiday junk stash

This is another tote of Christmas fabric scraps and rolls of ribbon. I’ve slowly been getting rid of the Christmas junk the last two years. I’m ready to simplify things.

wire greenery sprig to the rake

I found one large piece of greenery and hot glued the poinsettia bloom and other stuff to it. Then I wired the greenery to the rake. A 30 minute project at best.

diy rake wreath with greenery for Fall and Winter 3

I hung the rake on the wood fence panel I keep in the shop for photo shoots. I loved the wreath until I looked at the photo in the camera. The poinsettia sticks out like a sore thumb. I take photos of displays while putting them together because the camera sees things differently than we do. Doesn’t make sense but that’s the way it is.

pretty poinsettia rake wreath

The natural look is perfect for the rake. I could have went with red’s and blues. Maybe next year.

My Rake Wreath Hasn’t Found A Landing Spot Yet

That one poinsettia was still glaring at me so I added another poinsettia hoping that would help. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention I tied just a bit of burlap to the top of the rake. In this photo the wreath is hanging on a reclaimed door.

My Rake Wreath Hasn’t Found A Landing Spot Yet Petticoat Junktion

Here’s the rake wreath hanging on the front door. It looks good against the blue but it covers part of the house numbers and that looks odd. I need to change the placement of those numbers. I’m thinking of repainting the front door anyway.

Rake Wreath made with poinsettias and pine cones

Now we’ve moved to the carport door which is our main entry. The wreath looks great here because the doors are brown. I painted the wood door a couple of years ago. The storm door too. You can read the tutorial for the paint project on the Behr website by clicking here….Updated Exterior Door.

diy rake wreath

And just for the heck of it I hung the wreath on the shed door. It can’t stay there because it will get wet….no overhang.

I still don’t know if I like the wreath with one poinsettia or two. What do you guys think? Or maybe you have other ideas for the wreath. Leave a comment below. I read each and every one of them. I try to comment but am behind in my commenting. You guys have a good day and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Kathy, you are so right about the camera showing what we may not see with our naked eye. We were taught this in my home staging certification course and more times than not, a little retweaking would be in order after taking a peek from behind the lens. As for your cute rake wreath, I like it with just one poinsettia…and a cute cork poinsettia it is!

  2. Kathy, personally I like it with one flower. That way you can see how clever you were in this upcycle. After all, the rake is the star! I really enjoy your creativity.

  3. Try ditching the poinsettia completely and just use pine cones and the burlap . I have to confess- I’m so copying thi!

  4. Thanks Fonda. That’s a great idea. I can hang it on the outside of the laundry room door. The laundry room is in our den. I’ll see it all the time.

  5. Have you thought about hanging the wreath on the inside of the front door? It will be protected and enjoyed every time YOU see it. Next year, you can try to figure it out again. I love your wreath. I think the one large poinsettia will do, but it doesn’t look bad with two!

  6. Thank you Linda. I think if I change it, I will start from the beginning and make it really colorful.

  7. Hi Veronica, I got them at Old Time Pottery last year. I bet they don’t have them anymore. Sorry. Thanks for the kind words!

  8. Hi Kathy, It looks so beautiful and rustic, just my style, I love it, with 2 flowers, the more the merrier!
    By the way, where did you get those lovely poinsettias? Just love your projects!

  9. Oh Kathy, I just love it anyway – wish I wasn’t so far away – I’d come buy it from you exactly as it is….I really love it! I know though then when one isn’t satisfied with something we keep on changing it until we do (I’m SO guilty of that, lol). I think it’s perfect just because it is so unique.

  10. haha, it does look like it’s falling off Barb. I will probably remove it. The poinsettias are “cork” look.

  11. You’re right Bonnie, odd numbers are the designers friend. All the poinsettias I have are large!! Will probably remove one of them or change the whole darn thing. You know you can always comment on my projects. I like getting other opinions. Constructive criticism is good!

  12. Hi Linda, The poinsettias are from the wreath I put together last year. I got them at Old Time Pottery in Nashville and they are “cork” look poinsettias. I know things look better in odd numbers. The poinsettias I have are all large and they really overpower the rake. I may try something different. Thanks for the idea!

  13. LOVE it either way – beautiful. Where did you get those poinsettias??? They are gorgeous! Bonnie’s right, you are usually supposed to have odd numbers in a setting/item. Do you have another poinsettia that you could add? Doesn’t matter, those that are there are just beautiful!

  14. Love it Kathy, and also love the random places you put the poinsettia. It actually looks like something I would do. Natural an randomly ?

  15. I like it the way it is. You know, you could leave the handle on it and then you can prop it up in a corner of a room.

  16. Hi Kathy, I hate to comment on others hard work as I have had the same dilemma and sometimes you just can’t get it to suit you no matter what. I have been taught things should be in odd numbers, so I would probably go with 3 smaller poinsettias. It is beautiful regardless, just a matter of person taste.

  17. Kathy,
    Love the wreath! I like it with just one poinsettia better but you are the one who has to see it everyday. If it doesn’t feel right when you see it keep it with the two. Which ever way it is lovely.

  18. Kathy,
    Here goes…… I like two poinsettias (and I really like the paper (?) ones made from newsprint or whatever, but I think you should move the lower flower up to where the burlap is at the top. I feel like the lower flower is falling off the arrangement. Just sayin’……