Holiday Wreath DIY

Since we have moved into an apartment I have put most of my holiday decorations away. But, I still wanted something that made this place feel like home. To me the front porch of a house says a lot about a person. Is there anything more southern than a front porch, rocking chair, and some sweet tea? So I knew I had to dress up the entrance to our home. What better way than to make a wreath?

The most important part about a wreath is deciding a theme. I know that sounds dramatic for a wreath, but trust me it helps in the long run. I know I wanted something that was rustic and not to clean looking or modern. I wanted something that was warm and inviting. Like I said, your front porch, or in this case my front gate, says a lot about a home. If you do not already have floral wire and hot glue don’t forget to add that to your list too!

I made a list of supplies and got ready for a craft night and dinner with my best friend. We went to Michael’s and I went right to work. My list included greenery, battery operated lights, red holly berries, burlap ribbon, and I wanted a pop of white.

For my pop of white I ended up picking out three small wooden snowflakes and painting them a crisp white. The great thing about all the wooden props is that you can customize them all. There is always a wide variety of shapes, letters, and styles to go with just about any project.

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To build my wreath I chose a grapevine wreath base. I love grapevine wreaths. There is something about them that feels really neutral. Like I can go just about any direction with it and the grapevine allows me to weave things in and out or build upon it. Next, I took the battery operated lights and did my best to evenly weave them through the grapevine. I did not want it to sit right on top where you can see the wire so I tried to push it down a little into the wreath so it gave a warm glow.

Building upon the wreath base and the lights I decided to add my greenery. I bought one medium sized piece of greenery. Something that you could use in a floral arrangement. It has a few small pine cones, some red holly berries, evergreen and pine tree mix, and a sturdy stem. I bent the stem down and buried it in the wreath. I used my green floral wire to secure the small sections and to give it a more even look. After that was secure I took the three extra holly berry bunches and set them into my greenery using floral wire.I wanted to bulk it up and brighten up the greenery.

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In order to make sure my snowflakes looked great I did three light coats of bright white. Once they were dry I hot glued floral wire to the back so I could put them into the wreath. Using the red burlap ribbon I made a bow and using the tan burlap ribbon I wrapped it around the wreath from the top of the greenery to the bottom. Using some hot glue I added my bow to the base of the greenery and I used the wire on the back of my snow flakes to secure the snowflakes in. I love the look of the snowflakes on the wire as apposed to being glued directly on the wreath. But, everyone is different. So do you!

Lastly, since I planned to hang this from the gate, I cute some twine and make a loop to attached to the top of my wreath to hang on the gate.

The best part about making the wreath wasgetting to have a craft night with my best friend. We listened to Christmas music and got to catch up on things that were going on. Plus, it was a great reason to have dinner together with our families and just get to hang out before the rush of the Holiday seasons are upon us.

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