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Creating a One-of-a-Kind Wreath

Updated on November 30, 2020
Christmas light bulb wreath!
Christmas light bulb wreath!
Start of Christmas bulb vine wreath.
Start of Christmas bulb vine wreath.

Drawn to Making Wreaths

The unending nature of wreaths has captured my attention for as long as I can remember. My name is Laura and its meaning comes from the bay laurel plant used in the Greek-Roman era as a symbol of victory, honor or fame.

Laurel wreaths are traditionally made as a symbol of honor. I've never personally made a laurel wreath, but have made a variety of other wreaths for holidays and special occasions.

Detail of light bulb wreath.
Detail of light bulb wreath.
Clown Wreath -  crafted with vine wreath, gold ball pics, polka-dot fabric, blue bead necklace, gold tinsel wire, and Christmas ornaments.
Clown Wreath - crafted with vine wreath, gold ball pics, polka-dot fabric, blue bead necklace, gold tinsel wire, and Christmas ornaments.

Getting Started

Making a wreath requires a few supplies, but don’t head to the store just yet. Instead start looking through drawers, closets, even the garage or basement in your own home. Toy boxes, junk drawers, and even old wreaths from years past may still have something on them worth salvaging. Sewing boxes have great odds and ends in them too. Look for beads, feathers, buttons, ribbons, flowers, toys, costume jewelry and ornaments. Items with interesting textures and unique colors and shapes can enhance a one-of-a-kind wreath.

Once you've found a variety of items sort them into piles by item, color or theme. When you start doing that it will give you a better idea what might go well together on a wreath.

Some of the types of wreaths to use include vine, straw, plastic, wooden rings, or holiday greenery. Basically anything the shape of a circle will work.

To start making your wreath just begin laying items on the wreath. At this stage only placement of all the pieces is being done. Have fun with this step and take your time. You'll want to be sure you like the layout of the items on your wreath before gluing anything down. Some items might be too heavy with just glue so attaching them with a little wire might be necessary.

To glue the individual pieces on simply go around the wreath attaching items. I suggest putting a little hot glue on the wreath itself and then placing the item back on it gently pressing it into place. You're less likely to get burned by the hot glue if you do it this way. Slowly make your way around the wreath until you’re done.

Spring Wreath - crafted using a small vine wreath and adding silk flowers, leaves and pics from other wreaths.
Spring Wreath - crafted using a small vine wreath and adding silk flowers, leaves and pics from other wreaths.
Red, White and Blue Patriotic Holiday Wreath
Red, White and Blue Patriotic Holiday Wreath

Red, White and Blue Holiday Wreath Supplies

  • Vine Wreath
  • Mini American Flags
  • Clear or White Frosted Plastic Stars
  • Silver Pine Cones
  • Red and Blue Ornaments
  • Silver Beaded Necklaces
  • White Silk Flowers
  • Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue
  • Silver or Red Ribbon
  • Sprigs of Greenery
  • Gold Twirls
  • Red Berries

Red, White and Blue Patriotic Holiday Wreath
Red, White and Blue Patriotic Holiday Wreath
Halloween Wreath
Halloween Wreath

Halloween Wreath Supplies

  • Straw Wreath
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue
  • Pumpkins
  • Scarecrows
  • Witches
  • Ghosts
  • Bats
  • Corn
  • Spiders

Black Halloween Wreath - crafted using a fall wreath simply spray painted black.
Black Halloween Wreath - crafted using a fall wreath simply spray painted black.
Black Halloween Wreath (detail)
Black Halloween Wreath (detail)
Holiday Wreath - crafted with organic and plastic items.
Holiday Wreath - crafted with organic and plastic items.
Christmas Wreath (detail)
Christmas Wreath (detail)
Christmas Wreath -  toys, pine cones, ribbon, bells, and silk ornaments.
Christmas Wreath - toys, pine cones, ribbon, bells, and silk ornaments.
Pink Feather Boa Wreath - 3 feather boas wrapped around a straw wreath.
Pink Feather Boa Wreath - 3 feather boas wrapped around a straw wreath.
White Feather Boa Wreath
White Feather Boa Wreath

Feather Boa Wreaths

The feather boa wreath is one of the easiest ones to make. I made both of the wreaths pictured here using feather boas. I had the straw wreaths on hand and in this case purchased the boas from Micheal's craft store for $7.99 each. Three boas were used to make the 24" pink wreath and attached with paper clips.

I only needed one boa to complete the small white feather wreath. If you want to add a soft touch to a room this is a nice wreath to add to your decor.

Grandma's Sewing Box Wreath - crafted with items in my Grandma's sewing box.  Hot glued and wrapped the items around a 12" vine wreath.
Grandma's Sewing Box Wreath - crafted with items in my Grandma's sewing box. Hot glued and wrapped the items around a 12" vine wreath.
Grandma's Sewing Box Wreath (detail)
Grandma's Sewing Box Wreath (detail)
Red & Green Christmas Wreath - gold ribbon, large gold pine cones, silk poinsettia flowers, and greenery.
Red & Green Christmas Wreath - gold ribbon, large gold pine cones, silk poinsettia flowers, and greenery.

© 2011 Laura Ross

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