Thanksgiving is over…you know what that means! It’s time to start decorating for Christmas! If you already haven’t, that is!
Today I’m sharing a Fun Christmas Wreath that is the perfect craft to make this month. I love it because it’s so fun and bright!
In October we had a ladies craft night at church and everyone crafted away and got to leave with a new wreath. It seemed like Christmas was so far away, and now here we are and it’s finally time to display our work in our homes!!
I love mine so much, so I thought I would share in case you want to make one, too!!
After making enough bows for 41 of these babies I would like to consider myself a bow making expert. I can make bows with my eyes closed now. Impressive talent, I know.
It’s pretty easy to make one of these and you could totally change up the colors to suit your desires. Like maybe use blue or something. I like blue Christmas decorations. Like or weird in your opinion?
You need the items pictured below PLUS Christmas ornaments (5), hot glue gun, wire cutters, round foam paintbrushes and scissors.
It’s a grapevine wreath, ribbons, floral wire, tulle, paint, and a wooden letter.
Since I now have the title of “bow making expert”, I want to teach you how to make bows. These green ones (and I did red ones just like them) are the hardest ones (and they aren’t hard).
Cut a 2-2.5ft piece of ribbon. Fold one end over for the width that you want your loop to be. Fold another loop over. And then just kind of keep folding it around. Tie some wire in the middle (make sure you pinch it tight). Pull the loops out and fluff them.
I hope this makes sense. I’m an expert at the making of the bows, not necessarily the teaching portion of it.
I made 3 green ones like this and 4 red ones the same way. SO, 7 bows like this. Plus I made 4 out of tulle the same way only I cut the loops once I wired them.
The next ones are really easy. I call them flares…not sure if that’s really what they are supposed to be called. Cut 2-6inch pieces and place like the picture below. Tie the wire around the middles and you have a flare. I made a total of 3 flares. And I folded the edge in half and cut a “v” to give it a finished look (note difference from picture #1 to picture #2).
And it gets easier as we go. These are just 6 inch pieces of ribbon wired in the middle. I made 4 of the lime and 6 of the red/white ribbon for a total of 10.
For your letter you will want to paint the front white. Better yet, buy a white letter so you don’t have to. I was not so smart and bought all 41 letters plain and painted them to save money. Oh, the problems of the cheapskate.
Once it is painted you can add the dots with round sponges or pencil erasers. Let dry before moving on. Duh.
Once dry cut yourself some wire (big enough to wrap all the way around the wreath) and place a big blob of hot glue where you want to glue it. Place your wire in the glue puddle and make sure it’s fully covered by the glue. I went back and added an extra wire to mine for more stability. It kept going crooked and it drove me CrAzY.
Don’t be stingy with the glue.
Now it’s time to take all of your bows and decorate your wreath.
All you have to do is loop the wire through a few of the grapevine branches and twist it tight.
I started with my biggest bows (red and dark green) and spaced them out on the wreath. Then I added the tulle poofs and the flares. Finally, I filled in with the little bows and the ornaments. For the ornaments I just looped a piece of wire and attached them that way.
Then I took my monogram and wrapped it around and twisted it tight.
And you are done! Ta-da!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!! Make sure you PIN it to your Christmas board!!