The 5-Minute Wreath

Spray snow is f-u-n and, as I’m quickly finding out, is amazing for any number of seasonal home decor accents. I’ve seen it used for years on windows, on Christmas trees, and even with stencils, so why did it take me this long to test it out in my home decor adventures? My latest holiday project, a snow-covered wreath for my front door, took all of 5-minutes start-to-finish.

DIY snow-covered wreath.

Keep on reading to see how this simple wreath was constructed.

The materials for this wreath are simple and accessible:

  • One vine wreath (this time of year you can find them priced to sell at any craft store).
  • 3-feet of ribbon, or a pre-made bow.
  • A can of spray snow (look for it this time of year at most chain superstores and craft stores. Prices can range from $1-$7).

Materials to make your own wreath.

I used a piece of scarfing ribbon to create the bow you see. The inherent stiffness of scarfing ribbon makes it easier to mold and pose than, say, flimsier grosgrain ribbon. Scarfing ribbon has a tendency to hold the way you shape it, even when loaded with spray snow, come to find out. I bought mine at Sears a few seasons ago; it was from a Ty Pennington collection.

I attached this bow to my wreath with a piece of florist wire (the same kind that I use to hang my ornaments on the tree!)

Scarfing ribbon makes for great, stiff bows.

With the bow secured, I held the wreath at arm’s length and sprayed it with the canned snow lightly. Best thing I can say about canned snow is that it doesn’t seem to damage or permanently adhere to anything it touches; it wipes cleanly away, or in this case, can be sprayed off my vine wreath with a hose when the season’s over.

I. Love. Canned. Snow.

Best test your snow on a piece of scrap wood to get a hang of how quickly it goes from zero to blizzard. Make sure the wind is at your back too, although whatever “snow” landed on me wiped clean easily (or seemed to melt, very odd).

Faux-snow bow.

I sprayed it in such a way that it masked the wreath on the outer left side and the inner lower right side, in a way similar to how snow tends to naturally drift. The finished piece pops nicely on the door, and for <$10, is a great accent as we transition from fall into the depths of winter in Rochester, NY.

DIY snow-covered wreath.

What else do you use faux-snow on?

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at

2 Responses

  1. [...] Crafty with portland cement, yes. Crafty with spray-on faux-snow? Never before in my life. That lack of experience didn’t hold me back from buying up my first can of it this year though, and I’m actually really surprised how much I like the effect given by fake snow. Check out this 5-minute wreath and then tell me what else you’re accustomed to using faux-snow… [...]

  2. Moodyvega says:

    The wreath is lacking something..


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