handmadeIf you’ve been around the Merry Stockings blog and website for any length of time, you know we’re all about hand crafted projects! There are definitely times when its good to buy something ready-made, and we sell some very fun decorations like this on our website, but also some great do-it-yourself projects. We know, like you do, that when you make something with your own hands, well, it’s just very special, isn’t it?

So, today I want to give you some simple and specific instructions on how to make your own live Christmas wreath. When you see the wreaths already made at the Christmas tree lot, they look like they’d require some serious know-how, but I’m here to tell you that just ain’t true. :) If I can do it, so can you.

Here we go. You’re gonna love how easy it all is once you get some really basic things down. First, materials:KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

  1. A soft touch ring. These are great because if you don’t like how it looks, it’s very easy to adjust. You can find one here.
  2. Greens. Any kind. As many different kinds as you like. Or just one. It’s your wreath!
  3. Special touches. Things like holly berries, pine cones, rubber duckies, anything that you want and think will fit your taste.
  4. Your imagination! There is no reason in the world to make a “normal” wreath. What is that anyway? You certainly can go traditional with this, but if you want to color outside the lines a bit, you have my permission. Which you don’t need. Enough said.

creative wreathNext, follow these simple instructions:

  • Make sure the branches you use are the right size. What’s the right size? Well, that depends on how big you want the wreath to be. If you want some of them to border the rest, make those a little longer. If you want them all to have a meshed-together look, be consistent with the lengths.
  • When adding your branches, make sure you are forming a circle. Unless you want a football shaped wreath, which come to think of it might not be a bad idea for Super Bowl season. :)
  • As you add each branch, make sure the tip covers up where you attached the one just prior for a beauteous look. Or, attach a pine cone in that place or other embellishment.
  • Layer the greens and any additional special touches any which way you want. There is no wrong way to do this.
  • Last thing…..make sure that the bendable pins on the soft touch ring are securely fastened around your branches so they don’t fall out.

And that’s it. Easy. Fun.

To keep your wreath looking nice all season long, spritz it lightly with some water several times a week.  Also, they like to breathe so hanging them in between the door and the screen is probably not the best idea.

Have fun!

Cheryl

 

Photo credit:  Handmade, Traditional Wreath, Creative Wreath

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