I knew I wanted something big over the fireplace. During a sale at Joann Fabrics, I bought 3 small wreaths. I had envisioned hanging them over the fireplace and putting little ornaments on them and be done with it.
I wandered around some of my favorite stores looking for a big fat wreath. HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Ross, Target, Hobby Lobby, back to HomeGoods (please Albuquerque HG, move to a place with better parking!) and you get the picture. Everything was incredibly expensive. I couldn't justify spending 100+ dollars for a large wreath. I needed to DIY.
I started with a huge 6 dollar piece of foamcore. It was about 3ft x 2 ft... maybe bigger. I had about 60 feet of garland in our stash and I purchased a box of 3 dollar mini lights at Target. I also bought a 5 dollar box of glittery ornaments.