What’s Christmas without a big, beautiful wreath on the front door? Don’t have a wreath? Then you’d better get busy! There are many different wreaths you can make that cost little and are very easy to create. Best of all, your wreath will be so impressive, that all your visitors will ask you where you got it! That’s your little secret, though!
One wreath that’s slightly time-consuming but easy as pie to make is created from sandwich bags. Purchase a brass ring in any size. The rings are inexpensive and available in various shapes but this project works best if you use the round rings. Purchase a box of sandwich bags – the type that have the flap, not the zipper.
Cut the baggies to where the flap will fold upwards. Fold the bag in half, lengthways, then in half again. Tie the bag onto the ring. Continue adding more and more bags until the ring is full. Even when you think the ring is full it probably isn’t. Separate two baggies on the ring, push them back as hard as you can, and you’ll discover you have room for even more bags. This step ensures the wreath will be thick and full.
Tie a piece of wire or pipe cleaner onto the ring in a “figure 8” manner. The bottom of the 8 will hold the ring and the top part of the 8 will allow you to slip the pipe cleaner onto a nail for hanging. Use a second pipe cleaner or wire piece to tie a large bow to the top or bottom of the wreath. This wreath can be made for under five bucks but takes a little more time to make than some wreaths. This particular wreath doesn’t really need embellishments since the baggies are very shiny, but if you want, you can glue on miniatures or other ornaments.
Purchase a Styrofoam ring to make a wreath from cloth pieces. This wreath is also time-consuming but very easy to do. Cut Christmas cloth into small squares. All the squares don’t have to be exactly the same size. Use an ordinary straight pin to affix each piece of cloth to the ring. Push the pin into the center of the square, then continue this pattern, until the ring is completely covered in the squares. Give the wreath a different look by using straight pins, with the faux pearl on the end, or other decorative pins. Push the pieces of cloth so closely together that each cloth square bunches up to form something of a petal. You’ll need many small squares of cloth but no embellishments are required. Add a simple bow to the top or bottom of the wreath.
Many dollar theme stores sell garland that comes in 6, 9 or 12 foot lengths. These are perfect for creating an easy wreath that looks expensive. Use a Styrofoam ring, instead of a brass ring, for this wreath. Glue the end of the garland to the ring then begin wrapping the garland round and round the ring. When the ring is completely covered glue the last end to the backside of the ring. Glue on ordinary tree ornaments, miniatures, bows, beads or other embellishments. Use a pipe cleaner in a “figure 8” manner to create a hanger for it.
Kids can use a paper plate to make a fun wreath that will look great on their bedroom doors. Cut the center out of a paper or other disposable plate. Tear pieces of construction paper and glue the small pieces all over the plate. Make a completely different look by using cotton balls instead of construction paper. Beads, buttons and similar items can be used to decorate the cheap and easy wreath.
Use a disposable plate to make an entirely different creation. Cover several Styrofoam balls with glue and glitter. Allow to dry thoroughly. Cut the middle out of a plastic disposable plate. Glue the glittery balls around the plate ring and allow to dry. This wreath needs no decorating. Just add a beautiful bow to the top or bottom then hang.
Go out and price wreaths and you’ll be shocked enough to run home and make your own! Wreaths are expensive, but when you create your own design, you’ll not only save money but you’ll have the nicest looking wreath on the block!