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Making a Memory Wreath

This memory wreath is an easy and inexpensive DIY project to celebrate life’s milestones.  


This past month has been an emotional one.  My oldest child graduated from high school.  Within a few days, we were off to college orientation, where I realized that while he will always be my little boy, he is now a young man.  He is going away to school…fourteen hours away to be exact.  However, when I see him on that campus, he has a permanent grin on his face.   This school is the right place for him and he has found his home for the next four years.  Bittersweet emotions have filled my heart.  While I am so incredibly proud of him and thankful that he is ready to spread him wings, I am going to miss seeing my boy everyday.

So, how did I deal with these emotions?  I made a memory wreath.  This keepsake was proudly displayed during his graduation party, but will be something that he will have forever.

To make this project, you will need the following items:

  1.  pictures
  2. wood wreath form
  3. sponge paint brush
  4. paint
  5. scrapbook paper
  6. photo mounting squares
  7. ribbon
  8. hot glue gun and glue

I first elicited help from family members and we began by going through pictures that we have organized by year on a separate external hard drive.   Oh, how fun it was to travel down memory lane.  We laughed and smiled, realizing all of the wonderful memories we were blessed to make throughout the years.

After selecting a variety of pictures, I sent them to a local store to be printed.

In the meantime, I painted the wreath form.  I chose navy blue because my son’s high school colors are blue and white.


After two coats of paint, the wreath form was ready.

Next, I just trimmed the pictures and mounted them to solid and patterned scrapbook paper, or a combination of both.



With my mounted pictures, I planned out how I would like to arrange them, making sure that the hole I would use for hanging was at the top of the wreath.


After a bit of tweaking,  I was happy with my plan and began to glue.


Lastly, I added ribbon to make it easy to hang.


This memory wreath served as a graduation party decoration and  will be a treasured keepsake for years to come.


A memory wreath would be a great decoration, gift, or keepsake for a birthday, graduation, or anniversary…any occasion where you want to reflect on special memories.


Have you ever made a memory wreath?  Have you created any projects to celebrate life’s milestones?  I would love to hear your thoughts.


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  1. Very cool project! Came out beautiful! And I like that little paper cutter lol.

    1. Thanks so much, Jessie! I appreciate your kind comment. 🙂
      The little paper cutter was a Creative Memories purchase years ago!

  2. I love this idea and so will my kids! I fee like it would be a cool door decoration for their rooms as well! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!

    1. I appreciate your kind comment, Nicole! What a great idea to use these as a door decoration for your kid’s rooms! Thank you!

  3. This is adorable! I will probably do one for each grandchild!

  4. Great idea, Lynne! I understand your emotions. I felt the same way when my daughter left Georgia to go to college in New York. And what a great project you devised!

    1. I appreciate your kind words and understanding, Lisa. I hope your daughter is doing well and enjoying college in New York! 🙂

  5. I think this might be a good project for my dad who passed away in 2015. A great way to look back. Thank you for the idea!

  6. This is a beautiful idea. Its hard to watch the gosslings go out on their own. But so exciting. This wreath is a really nice keepsake.

    1. I appreciate your kind words, Leanna! It is bittersweet…change can be difficult, but so exciting at the same time. 🙂

  7. Monica Kostak says:

    This is so cute! I popped over here from the Flamingo Toes Links–and wanted to check out 🙂 Oh my gosh, i still have my creative memory stuff too-in the bedroom closet! I took up quilting several years ago and my card/scrapbooking side took a break. I think i need to pull it out and make something like this 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much, Monica! I hope that you give this fun project a try! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

  8. It’s a lovely idea, something your son will treasure for ever. You should make one with photos of the whole family for him to take to college.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  9. What an adorable idea for graduation and to celebrate the graduate. I will be featuring this in my Graduation Party Ideas at Merry Monday on Sunday. Hope to see you at the party!

    1. Thank you so much, Jenny! I am so excited and appreciative to be featured. Wishing you a great week ahead!

  10. What a wonderful way to capture and display so many memories! Thank you for linking up with Merry Monday – I’ll be featuring your wreath at our upcoming party. Hope you’ll stop by and join us again!

    1. Thanks so much, Emily! I am so excited and appreciative to be featured. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

  11. What a great idea! I Love it! Pinned & sharing! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

  12. What an adorable idea! This would be wonderful for SO many occasions – and congratulations to your son 🙂

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