A decorative wreath for Christmas and other holidays is a wonderful beautiful tradition that you can start with your family at any time of the year. All you need to do is collect some simple supplies and decorative elements.
For starters, decide on the design of your wreath based on the occasion. For this article, I will suggest a Christmas wreath, but if you change some elements here and there then Viola! You have a wreath for another occasion. I like to read garage sales, bargains, antique stores and of course my own garage for decorations to use in the wreaths. Look around and be sure to think about how everything can be used as decoration as long as it is the right size, can in any way be connected to a wreath and can withstand the elements if you choose to display your wreath in the wind and cold. For this wreath today, I've picked up a few cones along my walks around town, a roll of glittery Christmas ball ornaments and a big, fluffy red checkered Christmas bow that I made myself out of 2.5 "Wired-edge bands.
I like to get all jewelery linked to 6 & # 39; & # 39; green wooden threads with flowers before I begin to mount the wreath. To do this with the balls, I simply press the hole on the ornaments (where your tie string would usually go) over the end of the green pick which has the thread attached to it and then wrap the end of the thread around and around the top of the ornament and the green stick , until it is all wound up and drops the end of the thread underneath itself so that no one is knit at the end of it. Once you've connected the ornaments, get your big fluffy bow and tie some green thread on the back of it so you have a way to secure it at the wreath. I like to use green flower threads in 18 & # 39; & # 39; cut lengths and a 24 gauge thread. Now that all your decorations are complete, we can remove the wreath ring and greenery of your choice. For most 20-inch Evergreen door-size wreaths, which is what I do today, I like to use a 12 "round clamp ring in green. If you don't have any of these available, you can also use any type of round shape in any size and a roll of green thread. In my first article I will demonstrate how to create the wreath with my preferred method - the clamp rings. Which you can buy in several different wreath delivery stores online. If you need extra help with your wreath or tips on who has the best deliveries at the best price (IMO), please drop me a line on the comments on my site and I will be happy to help you.
Okay, so to make this wreath I have cut several bushy and fresh branches from a Douglas fir tree, but you can really use any kind of evergreen tree or shrubs you have available to you. Go crazy! Be creative! Now to attach the branches to the clamping style ring I normally use a clamping machine, but assuming that not everyone has one of the practical tools at their disposal today, I will show you how to pull the clamps down over the evergreen knitting with a pair of pliers and a hammer. This method is a little more difficult, but will do the trick if you only make a few wreaths. So let's take some cuttings from the branches we have here - cut about 8 pieces of evergreen branches, each about 10 inches long, and stack them on top of each other and arrange them in a nice "bouquet" of varieties with tips that all end up in about the same even height. Once you have your first thread ready to attach to the ring, the thickness of the thread at the bottom of the stalks will be about 1.5 & # 39; & # 39; in diameter. At this point, I take one of my ornaments on a green stick and push the pointed end of the stick down the middle of my "bouquet". Place the thread into one of the clamps with the ends of the stems reaching all the way into the next clamp in the row just a little. Then pick up your pliers and bend the first "arm" on the clamp down over the branches as narrowly as you can, do the same with the second "arm" on the clamp as well. If your bundle is not very tightly secured, use the hammer to give your arms a few taps and they fold a little harder over your bundle. Now there are 12 sets of clamps on 12 & # 39; & # 39; ring, so you have to repeat this step 12 times and do 12 bundles of branches. The last package you will cut the ends about 2 inches shorter than the rest so that the tips have room to be hidden under the branches of the first bundle properly. You can put an ornament in each bundle, which I want to make - and leave the last two bundles without ornaments in them, so that a blank space can tie your bow. Once you place the bow on the front of the wreath in the position you like, tie the thread in the back and finally push the ends under so no one gets tangled!
And there you have it! A wonderful, fresh Christmas wreath. Enjoy! From Mary at adornmentswreaths.com.