We’ve already learned how to make fall wreaths, but now it’s time to tackle wreaths for the winter season and for Christmas. Get creative and spruce up your front door by gathering materials from your own yard, upcycling materials and thinking outside of the round wreath. Grab your hot glue gun and use our suggestions below to create a beautiful wreath this season.
This eco-friendly design brings in elements of nature but still has a clean look and feel that will be a great addition to your front door or the fireplace. From the crafts store, purchase a 16 inch grapevine wreath and approximately 10 artificial small Granny Smith apples. Go through the floral section and select an assortment of seasonal flora. You can also head to your backyard and scoop up pinecones. Using a hot glue gun, affix the apples to the wreath, spacing them equally around the ring. Next, weave the flora into the grapevine, filling in the areas between the apples. If using pine cones, hot glue them to the wreath.
This wreath is an easy way to get a beautiful wreath while being environmentally friendly. Cut holly shapes (using a holly stencil) out of old holiday greeting cards to upcycle old materials. Use a hot glue gun to attach a toothpick onto the backside of each holly leaf to form a 1 inch pick at the bottom of each leaf. Insert the picks into a 10-inch Styrofoam wreath, and repeat until the wreath is covered. Fan and overlap the leaves to create a full-looking wreath.
Pine Cone Cluster/Wreath
To create a more nontraditional “wreath,” use this idea to spice up your décor during the winter. Head out to your backyard and collect three, five or seven pine cones. Pick a ribbon that matches your holiday décor and is approximately 2 inches wide, and cut out strips of varying lengths (6, 8, 10 and 12 inches). Next, hot glue the ribbon to the base of each pine cone. Once the glue is dry, gather the top of the ribbon and tie a bow. Attach to a wreath hanger to hang on your front door.
Similar to the pine cone cluster, your holiday wreath does not have to be round. Purchase an MDF letter, holly berries and burlap garland or ribbon from your local craft store. Use your hot glue gun to attach the holly berries to the MDF letter, carefully filling in all of the spaces. Tie your ribbon or burlap around the top of your monogram, and hook it onto your door using a wreath hanger. Some letters may be complicated, so consider using hot glue or a staple gun to attach the ribbon to the back of the letter.
Wood Flower Wreath
You’re probably wondering how wood would work in a wreath. For this wreath, use tapioca wood flowers, which will help create a beautiful wreath this season and will last you for years. Attach tapioca wood flowers of varying sizes to a wreath form, placing the flowers as close as possible to each other. Stagger the size of flowers to create a more visually appealing wreath. Tie a bow in the ribbon and glue the center of the ribbon to the back of the wreath. Hang the bow on a wreath hanger on your door.
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