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Saturday, November 19, 2011

An Inspired Christmas Wreath

                   This years budget for Christmas decor is nil. No budget is a great starting point and inspires the best design. Money can buy anything, but its not necessary.  I was inspired by a wreath in the good old Pottery Barn catalog and decided to rework an existing wreath to make my own.




         Of course no body does it better than Pottery Barn but here's my attempt to come close. Fake green Christmas wreaths can be purchased relatively inexpensively at Hobby Lobby or other craft stores. I've had mine for years and its stood the test of time. In years past I have just wrapped it in white lights put a bow on it and hung it out side. This year I want to combine the two.



         Start by wrapping your wreath with lights (preferably working ones!) ;). Then fluff up your branches. I also added my bow at this point too, before placing my bulbs.




         Next, choose your balls/bulbs (my hubby and I can't decide which is the correct terminology for these orby sparkly things). Any color scheme would work, but I'm a sucker for the classic red/silver combo. These bulbs/balls were found earlier in the season at Goodwill and I tucked them away for just such a project. Be mindful of where you are going to place your wreath. If it has to stand up to harsh elements you may want to consider plastic ornaments. Lay out your balls/bulbs in the pattern/design you want first.




         Now you need to decide how you want to attach them. Wiring might be best after hot gluing their little caps firmly in place. Because I didn't have wire on hand (what kind of a crafter am I anyways) I used hot glue. Assuming you don't have the kind of lights that last forever, you have to be extra careful with your ornament placement. (You want to be able to pull off the lights later, if need be). Don't let your glue touch your wires either! Run glue around the top of the ornament and push firmly in place.




         Here's the final product going for a test run on the front door. I'm planning on waiting until after Thanksgiving to keep it up, once I finish with the front porch decor.



         Tonight we are putting up our Christmas tree and working on a few more projects I hope to share with you later!


                                          -Jody


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4 comments:

  1. That's a beautiful wreath. Great tutorial. The wall you asked about is a wall I stenciled for her when I did the mini-update of my daughter's room nine months ago. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. I really appreciate it. I would love for you to stop by and join my Fall into Fall party that opens tomorrow night at 8pm EST. Hope to see you then.

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  2. Your wreath is just gorgeous, you can't beat the beauty of greens and shiny bulbs.

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  3. :D Another great project!!! I need a new wreath for our back door. Maybe I can try to make one like yours.

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  4. What a wonderful article. Thank you for sharing! My family has our own Christmas wreath tradition as well. We order a Maine Wreath from Harbor Farm. These wreaths are absolutely beautiful in look and smell and I recommend everyone reading your blog to check the website out and see for themselves! http://www.harborfarm.com/Christmas-Wreaths/products/62/

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