Some DIY people will make anything into a Christmas wreath – me included!
I was getting my bird feeders out of our danger zone called the garage the other day, when I ran across this roll – unused for its original purpose of protecting my tree trunks from weed eater damage. I’ll not call any names, but some of the lawn groomers around here can be a little careless, at times. With FS now gone to school, I guess I won’t be needing this roll… Just saying. 😉
Hmm…looks a little like burlap, rough and rugged, full of texture…and a tish of green. Perfect!
I gathered some supplies for the project. I created another danger zone in our kitchen with wreath-making supplies on all my counter-tops. Don’t worry – my family has grown accustomed to this maneuver, especially since Izzy pup’s arrival.
Rather than let you in on my
mess secret, I took a few supplies to the kitchen table for a picture. My sewing scissors I was using to cut wireless ribbon got in the mix.
PAM is probably stroking out at the thought of me using these for paper. I might have actually…accidentally…absent-mindedly…used them on some paper. But, I would never-ever-ever use them on wired ribbon, especially since the (hold your breath and close your eyes, PAM) one time long ago when I did that and lived to regret it! Hours of sharpening that hunk it took out of the blade taught me a lesson better than any whooping I should have received for that act of rebellion.
So, with your paper-cutting scissors, we’re going to loop the tree wrap similar to when I make decorative bows, cut off the section, and attach it to the wreath. Begin with a small loop that will be the center of your “bow”.
From the center point where you’re holding it with one hand, wind a loop to each side of the center loop, and repeat. This is what it should look like.
Attach the tree wrap “bow” to your wreath. I’m using a wire ring I purchased at my friend’s decorator shop a while back, but you can wire your tree wrap to any wreath you choose.
This wire wreath frame is nice, since you simply insert your items and squeeze the two prongs to hold everything together there. They work wonderful for making a fresh greenery wreath!
I haven’t seen the wire rings for sale in any national chain stores – sorry! With any type of wreath, you can wrap wire around the center section under the center loop and attach it to your wreath base with more wire or hot glue.
Add loops all along the wreath, holding the long loops of already-wired-loops up and out-of-the-way. Scrunchy is good. Uneven is good. We’re going for rustic here, not fancy.
Leave a small section open at the top for wiring your bow onto the wreath. If you look closely at the top of my wreath, I’ve left a wire segment vacant.
The first ribbon I made was this polka-dot.
I hung it on our side door for a picture.
This wreath needs to be on a porch or under some sort of cover, since it’s made of a paper product. Although, tree wrap is supposed to last a while on trees…hmmm.
Notice the little ornament I added – a gift idea for someone on your list that bought a home this year.
Change the ornament to fit the situation – baby’s first Christmas, or any multi-purpose ornament, such as a cross, a fleur-de-lis, a star…the ideas are endless.
I decided the wreath needed a pop of red (because it is Christmas, y’all), so I used the polka-dot bow on another wreath – you’ll see that one soon, too. I made this red wireless burlap bow to replace the polka-dots. The ribbon came from Hob Lob, so it was cheap.
Do you have a glass front door? Does the back side of your wreath show from the inside? I hung this tree wrap wreath inside the window on the door – to hide that ugly back side of my outdoor wreath. That’s why you see greenery around it – through the window.
Another option was to hang it inside my kitchen – on our new stained glass swinging door.
I think it took longer to decide where I wanted to hang the wreath than it took me to actually make it. Do you have such challenges?
Happy December decking, y’all!
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