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Step 1 — Get Inspired: From a swatch of fabric to a favorite photo, inspiration can come from just about anywhere. This month, let the little moments of creativity come to life in handmade wreaths, both big and small. Can’t decide on a theme? Take a cue from any of our three ideas to get started.
Tip: If displaying your wreath outside, make sure you’re using weather-resistant picture frames.
Step 2 — Gather Supplies: Once you’ve decided on a theme, hunt around your home and in the backyard for free-of-charge items that will fit into your decorative theme. Then, visit your florist or craft store to purchase additional embellishments.
Tip: Remember to think outside the box—if you’re working in the monochromatic vein, consider quirky odds and ends like mismatched buttons, beads, even old pieces of silverware, scraps of fabric or costume jewelry. When arranged and spray painted, their uniform color will naturally pull everything together. For a step-by-step guide to spray painting your items, read how to take objects From Ordinary to Extraordinary. While there, also buy a wreath base. There are many to choose from—grapevine, straw, wire and Styrofoam, among others. We worked with a grapevine base for its organic look and versatility. Finally, remember to pick up some floral wire or use a hot glue gun to fasten your decorative items in place.
Step 3 — Assemble & Arrange: Before fastening pieces in place on the wreath base, lay your embellishments out on a work surface, then begin piecing them together in a circular shape roughly the same size as your base. This allows you to create a composition you love before fastening things permanently in place, so you don’t have to worry about making it perfect on the first try!
Tip: Using floral wire instead of hot glue allows you to remove and reposition items as you like. However, a small amount of hot glue will help bulkier items stay put.
Step 4 — Hang & Admire: Create a small loop of hanging wire at the top of the wreath on the back, then mount on a sturdy nail, picture frame hanger or over-the-door hanger. Traditionally, decorative wreaths make a festive statement outdoors on lampposts, fences and doors. But this winter holiday season, try bringing these holiday crafts inside to hang in any room of your home.
Tip: Consider crafting smaller versions that you can use as stylish candle rings or table centerpieces for your next holiday meal.
This winter holiday season, let your imagination lead the way and craft one-of-a-kind wreaths, perfect for home décor, indoors and out.
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