College Themed Door Wreath

By Lisa, 5 August, 2014

College Themed Door Wreath

College Door Wreath

Over the years I have accumulated TONS of Mardi Gras beads, its to the point now where I am just about ready to chuck them. I found this on Pinterest and I fell in love with it! Whats funny is the door in the picture is the same color of our front door so I already knew how the final project would look. This was my inspiration, I only used the beads as the base of my project.

b338f8f724af5e7b09cc01aed81ef2feWhile there were no directions on this project I had to figure them out for myself, it took some time, but I closely studied the picture and came out a process that works.

Materials Needed:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Black & Gold Mardi Gras beads (or your own team colors)
  • Styrofoam Wreath (Check out the sizes at the store to see what would look best on your door)
  • Primer spray paint
  • Black satin spray paint
  • Wood letters
  • Black Acrylic paint
  • Gold Acrylic paint
  • Picture hanging wire
  • Ribbon that coordinates with colors
  • Polyurethane Spray- clear sealant

IMG_20140309_172952 (2)I had the gold beads so I was set there, I had to create the black beads for myself. I used purple beads and sprayed them all with primer (let dry) and then sprayed them thoroughly with the black satin spray paint. This took a few days to do.

It took me different techniques to try and figure out how I was going to get the beads to stay on the wreath, you will see in my picture I attempted several different ways. I finally came up with twisting every two beads so that the black & gold strings would become one long bulky strand. It gives it more of a 3-D look which is what I was going for.

IMG_20140310_192412 (2)Then I started filled the black & gold strands on the foam wreath like I was putting together a puzzle. Some strands I had to cut down and I had to fill in here and there. Another tip TRY and not burn yourself with the hot glue gun. I burned myself multiple times and it was not fun.

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IMG_20140318_105124 (2)Here is a picture showing a little more circular definition to the wreath.

IMG_20140318_105018 (2)IMG_20140416_192556 (2)Next it was trying to figure out what lettering fit the wreath the best. I purchase two different sizes of lettering and modeled it on the wreath to see which one I liked best. I was leaning more toward the larger letters and with the help of some family, the vote was unanimous...Big letters it was!


UCF3Next step was painting the letters, I went through alot of color concoctions in my head and I finally just ended up painting the letters gold and outlining in black. I wanted to keep it clean & simple but I wanted the letters to "pop" out.


After everything was in tact, I sprayed it down with polyurethane clear sealant. This will help keep it from rotting and fading.

To finish off the wreath, I added a bow, which adds just the right amount of glitz I wanted.

IMG_20140805_102411 (2)IMG_20140805_101643 (2)Total cost of project: $22.00

We are officially ready for football season to begin!