Many thanks to Kylie and Sam of the DIY Decorator for kindly inviting us to be apart of this year’s DIY blogger christmas wreath celebrations.
I’ve never been a huge Chrissie decorations buff but as I’ve mentioned in our DIY Gang newsletter, I’m enjoying it far more than previous years being in our new home. So it was about time to try a craft project (or two).
I recall making a wreath from white plastic bags in primary school but aside from that experience (many moons ago) I must preface this post with, “It’s my first time and I’m no pro.”
How to make a Christmas Wreath
Get yourself comfortable on a flat surface and bring along wire, tin snips and the foliage of your choice. (Not a bad view, huh?)Begin by creating a circle (made to a size that will suit your intended space/door). I have seen people use metal coat hangers but as I didn’t have a single one in our house (as I despise ’em) I opted for wire I found in Luke’s shed and winded it together twice for extra strength. Than the tedious part begins of wraping the foliage around and around, fastening as you please with the wire. *Bring your patience to this part (and wine).Never fear if it begins to take an abnormal shape as rustic is best, and you can always mould and bend as you go.Hang it in place to get a feel for space and gather your goodies to jazz it up.I opted for two varieties of fresh olive leaves which I hope will dry nicely in place. I also decided – with the help of Luke’s mum Robyn who was kindly lending her aesthetic eye as I went along – that I’d add pinecones which I fastened with wire. Robyn showed be a cool ‘ageing’ trick by placing some hession ribbon I had lying around in a cup of strong tea (with the three bags). Once I let it soak for an hour and dried it on the line, it came out much darker and more authentic looking. Voila. The final product above the fireplace.
We now challenge you DIYers to give your own merry wreath a go. Go on, good luck!