Most people think of a wreath as something that hangs on the door and provides decoration for all to see upon entering your home. Wreaths come in various sizes and can be used in other was as well, to provide decoration throughout your house. Here are a few simple and easy things to do with a basic grapevine wreath and a few ways I use them in my home.
Materials you will need for your Christmas Wreath Decorations
Basic grapevine wreath-For the best deal, shop your local Dollar Tree store. I have found both 6″ and 9″ grapevine wreaths here that cost a mere $1.00. For large grapevine wreaths, I have found them at Walmart for only $2.00. This was a big door-size wreath.
Artificial flowers— You can find pretty silk flowers at lots of stores. I always check the supply at Dollar Tree while I am picking up my wreaths. Get the colors and shades that will match the theme of your Christmas Wreath. Craft stores, Walmart and other stores will offer a variety of choices. Shop around and you will find the perfect choices for your wreath.
Greenery-Look for a vine, garland or other holiday themed greenery to use as a filler on your wreath. These items can be found at the same stores where you shop for your flowers. Use one for a small Christmas wreath and two for a large door size wreath.
Extras-You may want to add a bit of flair to your wreath. This can be done with twigs (either purchased or picked up from your yard or the woods. Small pinecones and even pine straw are wonderful accents. Holly berries, peppermint candies, or other holiday accents that you can find in the floral section at the store may be used.
Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks-I picked my most recent hot glue gun up at Dollar Tree. It is a mini hot glue gun and works just fine. I like the smaller size, it makes working with crafts easier.
Scissors-You will need a heavy duty pair of scissors to cut the flowers off the stems. Some flowers have metal wires in them. I keep a pair just for crafts.
Newspaper-Use this to put on your table or work area to protect your table. You will create your Christmas wreaths. After your wreath has dried, just pick up your paper with the plastic snips you have cut off flowers, glue stands, and glitter and fold into a ball for the trash. Easy clean up!
Designing Your Wreath
You will start by adding your garland or vine that you have selected to the grapevine wreath. They are usually around 36 inches long and for a door size wreath you will need two. You will need to tack it into place with your hot glue gun. If you have any places that will sit on the bottom and make your wreath stick out, get out the scissors and snip that area off. This may be a twig or flower or leave that sticks out too far.
The next step is to add your flowers. You only want to concentrate on the front of the Christmas wreath. Try to lodge the stems into the grapevine and secure them by hot gluing this into place.
You are now ready to add your “extras”. You may have a couple of holes that need something there to fill out the Christmas wreath. This is where you can add a small pinecone, twig, ribbon, etc. It adds to our Christmas wreath and fills in the gaps.
Let your wreath dry, clean up the mess and your will have a homemade Christmas wreath that will look just as nice as one you could have paid in excess of $20 for in the store.
What Else Can You Use a Christmas Wreath For?
I mentioned earlier that you can do other things with Christmas wreaths. Buy the small size and use them on your door knobs, around a candle in a glass holder or as a base or part of your centerpieces for your dining room table. Used around candle holders gives a great effect throughout your house! You can also hang various sizes on the wall for a dramatic wall decoration. There are endless things that you can do to decorate with wreaths at Christmas in your home. I hope I have given you some new ideas and to ignite your brain to think of other ways to use a Christmas wreath to decorate. If so, I hope you will leave me a comment and share your ideas!
Happy crafting and Happy Holidays!