Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sprucing Up a Boring Christmas Wreath

Do you love the smell of fresh Christmas wreaths, but think the ones at most tree locations are kind of boring?  Often times the ones sold at tree farms or lots or stores like Home Depot only have a cheap red bow slapped on the front, if that!  Dressing up a wreath is very easy and can be done very inexpensively.  All you need is a little bit of thin green wire, some hot glue, and some "bling" of your choice.  I usually get most of this kind of stuff at Michaels Craft Store.  I went there last week (on 12/11) and there Christmas materials are already marked down to 70% off, so you can get supplies super cheap!

These pictures are all fresh wreaths that I made from scratch... but they start out just as boring as plain wreaths at the store- adding the decorations is the most fun part!

When adding Christmas tree balls, I find it best to wire them together and them wire them to the wreath. If they need a little extra support to keep them in the position you want, dab a little hot glue on them in an inconspicuous place. I always use hot glue with pine cones-- be generous- they need to be secure, but if you keep the glue on the back, no one will see it.  This won't hurt or discolor the evergreens around it.  For a bow, you can buy a pre-tied one or make it yourself. It works best to wire it around the full thickness of the wreath- but be sure to tuck the ends of the wire back into the greens so it doesn't scratch your door or wall.

Keep in mind, if you put decorations at the top center of your wreath, remember to leave enough room for a door hook to come up underneath it without breaking or squishing your decorations.  Otherwise, you'll have to hang it crooked.

Happy decorating, and Merry Christmas!

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