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Year-Round Happy Everything Wreath: A Coton Colors Knock Off!

If you haven’t already noticed, I have a not-so-slight obsession with wreaths. I just love ’em! They’re such an easy way to add some spunk to your home and celebrate any occasion. They are also super simple to DIY….just check out my Project Gallery to see all the ones I’ve made so far.

For some time now, I’ve been pondering the idea of creating a year-round wreath that I can display, well, year-round, or at least during those in-between times that don’t really have or warrant a specific wreath (I’m looking at you August!).

I also happen to love — and I mean LOVE — color (much to my boring-beige-loving-husband’s chagrin), so I whipped up this colorful polka dotted wooden wreath…..and now we can have a festive door, no matter what time of year it is!

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Year-Round Happy Everything Wreath: A Coton Colors Knock Off!

Supplies

Note: While I used my Silhouette and vinyl, you could very easily hand-paint all the elements. I have terrible hand-writing so I took the easy route!

 

My Inspiration

I have been a big fan of Coton Colors ever since I first discovered them several years ago. I stumbled upon their University of Kentucky mini sign (also known as a tag along) that served as inspiration for my UK basketball ornament wreath, and my admiration for their colorful and whimsical designs was born!

Since I knew that I wanted my year-round wreath to be full of both of those things (color and whimsy, that is), I looked to their Happy Everything collection for inspiration. When I saw their Welcome wooden wreath, I knew I’d found it!

It also doesn’t hurt that my knock off version would be made with supplies I already had on hand….much cheaper than the $60 price tag of the original….when they were still carrying them, apparently. All the more incentive to make my own!

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Prepping the Wooden Wreath

A few years ago, I purchased some scalloped wooden wreaths…..and they’ve been sitting in storage ever since. I know, I’m terrible.

Well, I actually started making one….I sanded it and primed it, but then set it aside once I found out I was pregnant. I just had too much other way-more-important stuff on my plate.

I also hadn’t yet discovered the wonderful world of my Silhouette Cameo, so my crafting possibilities were still limited (especially since I have terrible handwriting…..just check this out for proof).

So to prep this wooden wreath, I gave it a couple coats of white spray paint then let it dry completely.

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My Design

Here’s the design I came up with in Silhouette Studio. I combined the Coton Colors Welcome wreath with their Happy Everything vibe, and this is the result.

Colorful and whimsical, right? Not to mention all-inclusive on what we’re celebrating….just what I was after!

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Cutting Out the Elements in Vinyl

Since I have a strong aversion to cleaning paint brushes (and to cleaning in general), I decided to cut the polka dots out in vinyl along with all the wording. Once again, you could very easily hand-paint all this on if you don’t have or don’t want to use a Silhouette and vinyl.

I cropped some of the polka dots that fell along the edges so they would align perfectly with the wooden wreath’s scallops, then positioned all the elements onto my 12″ x 24″ cutting mat. This was so I could cut them all in one pass….work smart, not hard.

I then finalized my Silhouette‘s cut settings:

  • Blade: 2
  • Speed: 4
  • Thickness: 9

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Next, I headed to my handy dandy vinyl storage organizer and pulled out some scraps or sheets of vinyl in corresponding colors (this is why I love having variety packs on hand….you never know what colors you’ll need!).

Then I trimmed them all to size and positioned them on my cutting mat so they matched their digital counterparts….bless you grid squares. Then I loaded the mat into my Silhouette and got to cutting!

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A few moments later, my vinyl cuts were ready! And looking rather Pac-Man-esque….

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Applying the Vinyl

For the polka dots, I skipped the transfer paper and just applied them by hand….I know, livin’ on the edge!

I referred back to my mockup and first added all the ones that went along the sides….

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….then added the perfectly round ones in the middle.

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Next, I applied the two words with the help of some transfer paper and the hinge method (which you can read about here if you’d like).

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Once all the pieces were nice and securely applied, I peeled off the transfer paper and then gave everything a quick blast with some clear sealant, just so everything had the same finish (the white paint was flat but the vinyl was gloss).

All that was left was gluing a strand of twine to the back and then this beauty was ready to hang!

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The Final Year-Round Happy Everything Wreath!

And here’s the final wreath! Not too shabby, eh? I LOVE how it’s so bright and colorful and polka dotty, and as its name implies, it can be hung year-round.

Hooray for decorations you can get mileage out of!

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If You Enjoyed This….

Check out my Project Gallery for all of my other crafty creations, tutorials, and freebies, like these!

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DIY Halloween Ornament Wreath | Where The Smiles Have Been #Halloween #ornaments #wreath #spider

 

Pretty Foaming Soap Dispensers with Etched Glass Vinyl + FREE Silhouette & SVG Cut Files! | WhereTheSmilesHaveBeen.com #Silhouette #Cricut #soapdispenser #freecutfile

 

And I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to all things WREATHS!

Follow Christine at Where The Smiles Have Been’s board Wreaths! on Pinterest.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Randi

Monday 6th of September 2021

How did you know what size to cut the polka dots in? I have a coton colors welcome wreath and it has faded. I am no good with a paint brush so I wanted to use my silhouette but I’m not sure how to perfectly match the edge pieces.

Thank you, Randi Hasley

Christine

Monday 6th of September 2021

Hi Randi! I didn't know what size the dots on the Coton Colors wreath are since I was making my own, so I just guessed. I took a photo of my actual wreath form for the mockup, then just used Silhouette Studio to create cut lines on the dots that perfectly aligned with the wreath's edges. You could play around with your software, or maybe just put whole dots along the edges then use an X-Acto knife to cut away the excess so everything aligns with the edge of the wreath form. Good luck!

Melissa

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

This is beautiful! How tall are the letters?!

Lindsey

Monday 24th of July 2017

What font did you use?

Chris

Sunday 23rd of October 2016

Love this! Did you ever share the file? How did you get just the right shape on the cut circles?

Ashley

Monday 29th of August 2016

So cute!! How did you crop your dots to match so perfectly?

Chris

Monday 24th of October 2016

Did you ever get an answer on your question? I'm also wondering.