How To Make A Holiday Wreath
This is the first year in our new home and we couldn't be more excited to decorate for the holidays! I've always wanted to make a wreath for our front door, but we lived in an apartment complex. The only people who would have enjoyed the holiday cheer would have been us and our neighbor. Don't get me wrong, we could have done it just for the three of us, but it's so much more rewarding and festive when all the other houses on your block are decked out, and all the passer-byers get to remark on how cute your decorations are. So this year I did just that, I made my own wreath!
The beauty to making your own wreath is that it can be cheap and totally customizable to your design preferences. Most stores will sell a plain green wreath with a pine cone for $10-20. If you are pressed for time, you can surely purchase one of those and pizzaz is up yourself. But if you are like me, and enjoy being extra, and have a bit of time to spare, then this project is for you!
You can find all of your supplies and your local craft store. The Dollar Tree might even have it all!
- 16" wreath wire frame - ($3.49 from Micheal's Craft Store)
- Hot glue gun - (Any you can find)
- Hot glue sticks - (Any you can find)
- Floral Wire - ($1 at the Dollar Tree)
- Scissors - (Strong enough to cut greenery and the wire)
- Newspaper or plastic covering for your work area
- Nitrile gloves (optional, but useful so that your manicure stays nice)
- Wreath hook ($1 at the Dollar Tree)
We went on a nature hike around our neighborhood and found some of the coolest stuff! Make sure to cut big and small pieces of the greenery. Take a good amount of cuttings from your findings and bring them home. Here are some things to look for:
- Greenery (different shades of blues, dark greens, light greens)
- Dried seed pods
This is where your creativity can flourish, the skys the limit with your wreath! You can use whatever you have around the house to save on money.
- Tiny ornaments
- Faux flowers/berries
- Battery powered lights
HOW TO MAKE YOUR WREATH
- Gently wash all the cuttings in the sink. You just want to wash away any loose leaves, dirt or bugs from your materials.
- Set on a towel to dry off a bit. You don't need to wait more than an hour because you are not waiting for the greenery to fully dry out/become preserved. You want it dry enough so that it isn't wet when you use the hot glue gun.
- Take the larger branches/greenery and adhere them to the wreath frame with the floral wire, in a way that looks pleasing to you.
- Once you have a good base of greenery, you are ready to hot glue the chatchkies to your wreath! Note: If any of your decorative items are larger or heavy, you may what to use the floral wire to adhere it to the wreath wire.
- Pro Tip: You can test the look of your wreath by placing the decorative items on top before glueing them on. Play around and move things until you are pleased with the way it looks. Then you can hot glue it on. This is not a necessary step, however, it makes it easier than glueing and removing and re-glueing again.
- Cover up any visible hot glue spots by glueing a small piece of greenery or moss on top.
- Hang or hook your wreath to the wall, door or wherever, using a wreath hook or just a simple nail.
And there you have it! A gorgeous, one-of-a-kind wreath made by you! Tag us in your homemade wreath pictures on social media (@paleobymaileo), we'd love to see what you came up with! Happy Holidays!
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