How to Make Wreaths

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Mackenzie Wright

    About the Author

    Mackenzie Wright has been freelancing since 2002 in the realms of writing, painting, photography, crafts and teaching the arts. Her writing has been featured in publications such as the "Saint Petersburg Times," "South Florida Parenting Magazine" and "Home Education Magazine." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and education.

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    Wreaths can be adapted to decorate for all occasions and seasons. An autumn wreath could showcase the beauty of fall foliage, while a winter wreath could feature evergreens and deep colored ribbons, berries and winter blossoms. A spring wreaths might be covered with new buds and fresh herbs, while a summer wreaths could burst with greenery. Wreaths can be expensive, but you don't have to drop a bundle on them, as they are fairly easy and inexpensive to make.

    Things You'll Need

    • Wreath form
    • Base materials, such as foliage or twigs
    • Decorations, such as buds or ribbons
    • Hot glue gun
    • Floral wire

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    Choose or make a wreath form. Premade wreath forms are available at craft stores and are made out of several different types of material: grapevine, Styrofoam, straw, wire or florist foam. Florist foam is only necessary if you are planning on putting cut flowers and branches on your wreath that you want to keep fresh. Grapevine and hay wreaths have a rustic look and don't have to be completely covered. Styrofoam wreaths are easy to work with and make your wreath fuller without having to add too many layers of coverage. Wire wreath forms are very easy to work with, lightweight and easy to hang. Alternatively, you can make a wreath form by bending two metal hangers into circles, overlapping them slightly and taping or wiring them together.

    Choose a base covering for your wreath. This can be in the form of branches, twigs or leaves. For example, you may use evergreen branches for a Christmas wreath, or basil leaves for a spring herbal wreath, or simply bare twigs you've gathered for an autumn wreath. If you are using a grapevine or straw wreath form, you may not want complete coverage because you like the branches or straw to show. With any other wreath form you need material to cover the base. Begin by placing one branch, twig or leaf on the wreath form. Hot glue it or wire it into place. Then overlap the next piece onto it, facing in the same direction but pointing higher or lower. Glue or wire that into place. Continue doing this until you have covered the wreath form (or as much of it as you want covered) with the materials. Tuck the last layer under the first layer when you come full circle.

    Decide what you will use to decorate your wreath. There are so many options: pine cones, acorns, berries, blossoms, buds, sprigs of herbs, dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, bows, small figurines, wooden cut-outs, clay molds, ornaments, tiny framed photos, bottle caps, bead clusters, crystals, miniature flags, tiny toys or origami figures, to name a few. Select one, three or five different decorative features, as odd numbers are more aesthetically pleasing. Choose items that embody the theme of your wreath if you have one, and stand out against the base covering.

    Lay your wreath flat on the table. Lay your decorative pieces on top of the wreath. Move them around until they are evenly spaced out in an attractive arrangement.

    Attach your decorative elements to your wreath using floral wire or a hot glue gun. Some bulkier pieces that are harder to hold can be glued to a piece of wire, then attached to the wreath like a twist tie. Another option for heavier pieces is to drill a hole in it, in one side and out the other, then slip the wire through the hole and attach it to the wreath form like a twist tie. Try to hide all wires under your layers of base covering.

    • Create wreaths for all seasons and occasions, and store them away. As the months roll by, simply change out your wreath to keep your decor fresh for the season.
    • Lay a wreath on a table as a centerpiece by placing a vase of flowers, candle arrangement or basket of fruit in the center. Make smaller wreaths to encircle the bottom of candle holders for decor accents.

    Photo Credits

    • mikehome at sxc.hu