How To Make Decorative Wreaths
Do It Yourself Wreaths
Making A Spring Or Any Season Wreath
My favorite time of the year is Christmas. I love to decorate for Christmas so much, that I will transform my whole entire home into Christmas. A popular item to use at Christmas is a wreath. You can always go to the store and buy a wreath or, you could make your own.
A good thing to remember before you begin any project, is that you will want to be sure that you have exactly everything that you need to make your wreath. You can also make wreaths for family members and friends and give them out as Christmas gifts. Everyone has memories when they get a stitched, homemade gift.
On the actual wreath before you glue it, into place You can pose the additions to the wreath to see how everything is going to lie on the wreath. If you need to make adjustments you can at this point before you glue it down.
Before or whatever project you are attempting. You would think that this would be common sense but, I have gotten frustrated before with my project and not been able to change my design. I love Christmas time so, a large Christmas wreath is just what the house needs.
1 20" birch wreath or wreath of your choice
1 package dried globe thistle or 10 stems of thistle
1/2 bundle of dried lavender
1 package of dried yarrow
6 heads of preserved hydrangeas
1 package of preserved green leaves or 10 stems
1 package of preserved chartreuse reindeer moss
Hot glue gun and a bowl of ice water (My mom's suggestion was to always have a bowl of ice water close by just in case, she accidentally got hot glue on herself.
21 gauge floral wire
Before starting, remember to arrange all the items on the wreath before gluing the items in their permanent place on the wreath to ensure that you get the spacing that you want on the wreath. Take 2-3 long pieces of floral wire and cut each wire into 4 smaller segments. Take each wire segment and wrap it around a bundle of 10-12 pieces of lavender. Place lavender bundles along the wreath's outer portion between it's birch branches and along the branches directional flow. Clip and add preserved green leaves around the wreath securing the leaves' stems between the birch branches. Cut stems on the the yellow yarrow short, leaving about 1 1/2" on the stem for placement into the wreath. Then cut smaller sections of hydrangea from the larger head. Place 5 yarrow heads evenly around the inside of the wreath to be sure to push the stems straight down into the birch wreath. Put them next to the preserved green leaves. Next, tuck the hydrangeas around the base of the yarrow heads. Clip the globe thistle balls one by one leaving 1" of the stem that can be placed in to the wreath in groups of 2 or 3. Use groups to fill in the gaps between the hydrangea clusters. Work from the outside of the wreath in and from the bottom layer to the top.
When you are satisfied with the spacing, hot glue each piece in place. Don't forget to examine each wreath for holes or exposed glue or any stems sticking out. One good trick is to just cover up the areas with small pieces of reindeer moss which you can glue in to place.
Hot glue dries immediately and you are ready to use your wreath as soon as the glue dries. The wreath can literally go from your craft area to your front door in the same day.
This wreath however, will need to be kept on a covered porch and out of the direct sunlight. The rain will destroy it and the sun will fade out the colors in the flowers.
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Easter Egg Wreath
This wreath is a much simpler one to do but, still very cute and very festive for Easter. The following items, you will need for the wreath.
Wreath of choice (easiest to get the wreath made from straw)
Ribbon to hang wreath
One package of plastic eggs
One package of straw
Hot glue gun and a bowl of ice water
Really the first thing that I would do would be to decide where I was going to hang the finished wreath
Decide where you would like to hang your wreath and hammer a nail at that point or if hanging from the front door, picture where the wreath is hanging and how far you want the wreath to hang down. Measure from the nail to where the top of the wreath is going to be. Now, double that measurement and add 6 inches to allow for a knot to be tied. Cut the ribbon to that length then, loop the ribbon around the wreath and tie the knot. Attach plastic eggs to the straw with a glue gun. Arrange the eggs so that they completely cover the straw. Adjust the ribbon knot so that it hides behind the wreath and then just slip to loop over the nail.
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Tips for Drying Flowers
Some flowers that dry well include: african marigold, baby's breath, blue salvia, cockscomb, eucalyptus, french and oak leaf hydrangeas, globe thistle, lamb's ear, larkspur, lavender, love in a mist, marjoram, oregano, poppy pods, roses, goldenrod, sunflowers, statice and yarrow.
Here are some tips on how to dry them.
Cut the flowers in the morning but, after the dew has evaporated. Make sure each cut stem is at least five inches long. Don't pick french hydrangeas when they are newly opened or fresh because, the fresh ones will wilt. For best results, pick them when they are just starting to show a hint of green and feel slightly crunchy. Other flowers can be picked when the bud has not fully opened. Gather 5 or 10 stems and wrap them tightly with a rubber band to close the bottom of the bundle. Hang them upside down in a dark dry place with good circulation The hotter the place the better. Try to think attic!! Keep them out of direct sunlight. Most plants will dry in 10-20 days.
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