I wanted a wreath that would be good for both Autumn and Christmas-time. I mean, they’re awfully close together. And since I’m trying to sell my home and don’t want it to appear cluttered, I’m cutting way back on holiday decorations. A double-duty wreath is just what the doctor ordered.

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

So I thought and thought about a color scheme that could work with both. Finally, I decided to go with gold but needed an accent color and maroon seemed perfect! Unfortunately, my spray paint nowhere came near matching the cap on top of it and my finished wreath was more red than maroon. It still works for fall but not as well as I had envisioned in my head…

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

I figure that I can change out the ribbon after December 1 and wham, bam, I have a Christmas wreath hanging on my front door. Extra bonus points that there isn’t anything to get all weird with wet or cold weather. Want to make your own? It’s super easy!

For this project you will need:

  • Ceiling medallion
  • Spray Paint
  • Rub N Buff
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

Here is my medallion. I wanted something ornate with lots of raised areas that could take the gold well. This one ran around $15 and is 16″. The cheapest I could find at a local big box home improvement store cost around $30 so buying online can save you lots of money.

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

Before I spray painted this sucker I tested out using regular craft acrylic paint since I have tons and spray paint would be a trip into town. Don’t even bother with craft paints because the second coat just wipes off the first. Spraying is the only way to go!

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

Allow to completely dry and get ready to make some gold happen. This is Rub ‘N Buff and this stuff is genius. You can make things shiny in no time flat! It comes in lots of colors but this is Gold  Leaf.

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

Just apply a dab onto your finger and rub it onto the raised bits of your medallion. Don’t worry if you accidentally get somewhere it shouldn’t be. It won’t be that noticeable in the end.

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

Continue all the way around and allow to cure for at least an hour or two.

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

Now we buff! Take a soft cloth or paper towel and gently buff the Rub ‘n Buff. It doesn’t take a lot of force or time. You’re just knocking the excess stuff away and giving the gold a bit more shine.

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

The ribbon I grabbed that was fall-like turned out to be too narrow to make a hanger, so I dug around in the stash and found some gold glitter ribbon. To be honest, it’s not the way I had wanted to go but since it was already here I couldn’t argue. The craft store I went to was sold out of any kind of wide craft ribbon and this was the best I could find. I did NOT think to go to Dollar Tree, though. Those guys always have awesome and cheap seasonal ribbons.

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

Make a loop with your ribbon and hot glue it shut. Wait until it starts to cool enough so you can touch it without being burned and squeeze it together for optimal hold.

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

Hot glue the ribbon just inside of the medallion ON THE BACK to keep the hanger in place. Oh, and there is where I tested with acrylic paint. Awful. Though not the right color that was even my best brand of paint and it still was a no-go!

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

For a quick bow Take a large piece of ribbon and fold it over as you see above.

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

While holding together, give one side of the ribbon a twist and a bow will start to form.

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

A twist tie is the best option, but you can also glue a scrap of ribbon to hold the bow in place.

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

Finish with a strip of matching ribbon in the center and glue to your bow to it wherever it seems to fit the best.

Ceiling Medallion Wreath DIY Wreath

Hang this baby up and you’re all set! Since we glued the ribbon to the back, it will be easy to change out with something more Christmas-y when the time arrives. But for now, it’s all fall, baby!

Oh, and after thinking about the purple fall trend that is going on and I LOVE, that could be an awesome color to go with, too!