Yes! You can make your own wreath! For any season and any occasion. It's even better when you personalize it. For the past few autumns, I've been happy with my Texas Longhorn football themed wreath. Last year, I received one made of mesh netting - which has been all the rage these past few years, along with burlap. Unfortunately, I discovered that that netting can catch swarms of bugs in our southern climate - EEK! So, word to the wise, hang those types of wreaths indoors. For this tutorial, we'll stick with outdoor wreaths.
First step, get yourself to a craft store. You'll need:
- a wreath base (available in grape vine [pictured], artificial tree branch, moss, styrofoam, wire & straw)
- floral wire
- floral picks (they come in premade clusters for ease of use)
- other embellishments and ribbon as you wish
- wire cutters
- a glue gun if you're adding embellishments without picks
While you're at the store, insert your picks into the wreath between the gaps in the branches in the same direction as the flow of the branches. They should all come to a central focal point, so the top picks are aiming down and the bottom picks are aiming up.
I wandered around Hobby Lobby between the Fall, Floral and Ribbon sections until I found exactly what I was looking for. I added some artificial succulents (cactuses) for that Texas vibe. Almost added a tiny cowboy hat, but decided against it. Most of the seasonal stuff is 40% off right now. The $4.99 wreath wasn't, but of course I brought an additional 40% off coupon! (By the way, Hobby Lobby only accepts one coupon per transaction and does not offer a teacher discount - say what?) Before you disassemble the wreath at check-out, be sure to take a photo of your completed wreath for reference. Otherwise, you'll be sitting there trying to recreate your vision and get frustrated.
So now you're back at home. Take off all of those lovely price tags, and using the photo you took as a guide, set out all of your picks in the position and direction you intend to put them in. It'll be easier to layer and connect picks starting from top to bottom, but you can connect in any order you wish.
After inserting a pick, slide a piece of wire beneath the branches surrounding half of the pick's fork (where the base splits) to make sure it's secure. Here are a few visuals.You can loop the end of the wire to help you route it beneath the branches. See how I just wrapped through the pick and not just around it? This will ensure that heavy winds and gravity wont knock that pick out of place. To secure the wire, you can either knot it or twist it. Trim the extra wire and wrap the end into the base, so that it's out of sight and wont snag on anything.
Make sure there aren't any gaps in between your picks. If there are, you can fill them in with filler picks, like the beaded ones I have in this wreath. I also filled in a gap with the gilded letter "L". I wasn't sure where that L would end up, but the gap was as good a spot as any. Since the L didn't have a pick, I used a glue gun to secure it onto the wreath and glue gunned some other parts that looked a bit loose.
And voilà! You can attach it to your door using a wreath hook, adhesive hook or magnetic hook. If needed, you can add a ribbon to the top for extra flair and/or to hang the wreath from.
Have fun and be sure to share pictures of your final work. I'd love to see it. :)