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Hello, lovely people!
I hope you’re all having a fantastic time preparing your home for the Christmas season. Over the past few weeks I’ve been making some Christmas decorations, such as these DIY Christmas jars and this free printable Silent Night wall art.
This week I decided to try making my first ever DIY Christmas wreath. Here’s how it turned out:
Honestly, it’s not 100% the look I was going for, but I like how it turned out anyway. Plus, I had a really good time making it, which I honestly think is what really matters when it comes to stuff like this.
Below I’ve explained how I made my DIY Christmas wreath, in case you’d like to make one of your own.
DIY oversized Christmas wreath
- An oversize wreath form.
- Foraged greenery and pinecones.
- I’m not a botanist so I unfortunately can’t tell you the exact species of trees I used, but I’ve included a picture of the different types of branches in step 2. The key when choosing your greenery is really just to pick three or four types of leaves, preferably of different shapes and shades of green. This keeps your wreath ~interesting~.
- Paddle wire
- A hot glue gun
- Beads in a neutral colour.
- I used some plain wooden beads I had in my craft room.
I apologise in advance if my instructions and photos aren’t the most helpful. I’m really new to blogging and I’m still trying to figure this whole thing out. If you need any clarification, please don’t hesitate to ask. I love hearing from you guys!
Step 1: Preparing the pinecones
The first step was preparing the pinecones to go on the wreath.
I’ve tried tying pinecones to wreath forms before and it’s always been a bit of disaster. So lately what I’ve been doing is gluing a bead to the bottom of the pinecone, then running floral wire through the bead and using that to tie the pinecone to the wreath.
Step 2: Organising the greenery
I set aside a few of my larger branches as I wanted to do something with them later.
I then started organising the rest of the foraged greenery. I removed any ugly/brown/half eaten leaves, trimmed the branches so that they were roughly the same size, and removed excess leaves from the stem.
I then sorted the greenery into bunches that were roughly equal in size.
Step 3: Attaching the greenery to the wreath
I tied a knot around my wreath form using paddle wire. Using the same continuous piece of wire, I started tying the bundles of greenery to the wreath form, looping the wire around the stems and pulling tightly.
I kept adding layers of greenery, one after the other.
Once I had covered about 1/3 of the wreath, I stopped and switched to the other side. I should have taken a little picture of this bit, but here’s a little diagram to (hopefully) show you what I mean. Excuse my lacklustre drawing skills and terrible handwriting. No matter how hard I try, my handwriting always looks like it’s been run over by a truck.
Eventually, I had something that looked like this:
Step 4: Adding more volume
Remember the branches I set aside earlier? This is where I decided to add them.
I used paddle wire to tie the ‘large’ branches to the wreath. Here’s a little diagram to show you where I tied mine. Yeah, again with the diagrams. Like I said: I’m new to this. I’m bad at it. Sorry.
Step 5: Adding the pinecones
The final step was adding the pinecones.
I snipped a piece of paddle wire approximately 20cm long. I then threaded the paddle wire through the bead glued to the pinecone. To keep the pinecone from slipping around, I tied a few knots in the paddle wire, then twisted the wire a few times. I then used the paddle wire ‘tale’ to tie the pinecones to the wreath form.
And that was pretty much it!
I’m still trying to figure out if I want to add some copper lights to my wreath. On one hand, pretty lights! On the other hand, potential fire.
The fact that I don’t take “potential fire” as a reason not to do something tells you pretty much everything you need to know about me.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
Warm wishes to you and your family. Have a beautiful day xoxo!