Come pretty much any holiday, you can be sure you’ll see a wreath hung up as decor! They’re a beautiful and traditional holiday decoration, and not just for Christmas. Name the occasion or the season, and you can probably find a wreath made in its honor. Sometimes, you don’t even need an occasion – they’re just pretty to display!
Given all that, one way to be sure you’ll appreciate your next wreath is to make it yourself. You might see all the fancy ones on display and think “I can’t make that!” but the truth is, you can. It’s really not that hard! So we’ve put together a set of easy steps for you to follow, complete with recommendations on what to get and where. Check it out, and get crafting!
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Depending on what type of wreath you’re trying to make, you’ll need a wide range of supplies to do the job! There are a ton of different kinds of artificial greenery out there, not to mention the varieties of wreath base you can use. So let’s go through each type, and how you should build off of each one.
What does that mean? Essentially, it means that the wreath’s base is made from entwined bundles of twigs; it’s a sturdy base, and it’s got a certain rustic charm to it! Attach embellishments like pine branches, berries, pinecones, and ribbon to the base using wire and glue.
With a wire base, your wreath can take heavy items: evergreen boughs, eucalyptus, or larger baubles, for example. Wrap bundles of greenery together with floral wire, and then secure them to the wire base with floral wire and glue.
A styrofoam base is lightweight, with a smooth rounded form. Cover the foam with fabric, yarn, or something similar, and then affix embellishments to the base using straight pins. Use the pin to push through the embellishment and right into the foam base, and before long you’ll have a wreath!
As you can see above, the straw wreath base is made with padded natural straw or hay, and it’s great for supporting a wide variety of materials that can be pinned or glued onto the soft form beneath. We recommend a combination of leaves, dried flowers, and ribbon – plus, if a little straw is showing through, it actually adds a nice touch!
A craft ring base is basically circular cardboard. It’s thin yet sturdy, and can thus support all kinds of materials. Just paint the craft base whatever color matches your wreath design, and then affix lightweight additions to the wreath base using hot glue!
Well, you may have noticed that glue was mentioned in pretty much every previous slide. The importance of having a hot glue gun (and hot glue) on hand when you’re building your wreath cannot be overstated!
Naturally, you’ll want ample amounts of artificial greenery on hand to build your wreath too. The classic type is pine, but if that’s not what you’re looking for, there are plenty of viable artificial leaves out there that’ll do the job, too!
Adding artificial berries, fruits, flowers, or similar embellishments adds some welcome color and versatility to your wreath. Take a look at these fake berries – they come in red and gold colors!
What wreath doesn’t have a tasteful bow somewhere on it? These rolls of burlap ribbon will do a great job of finishing off your wreath with a beautiful bow. Once you’ve got everything affixed, you’re ready to hang up your wreath and enjoy all your hard work!