Since it is gloomy, I thought I would share something bright and cheery with you today. Yes, we know that Christmas is coming. I have not begun to decorate, but I have begun making things for this year.
I saw this wreath on a site called patinawhite.com. She was showing her studio (which is amazing and gorgeous if you want to go sneak a peek) and all the things she had for sale for Christmas. One of the pictures was a wreath made of wire and my heart jumped for joy when I saw it. Do you ever see things and just immediately know you want one? Must have one? Will do most anything for one? Sadly, there were no instructions for how to make it because it was for sale. I looked at the picture and in my usual fashion thought "I can make that." Yeah, right.
Oddly, I had bought a package with 50 feet of anodized wire one day at the Habitat Re Store for $3.00. I just liked the way it looked and thought I could make use of it some day. Well, someday arrived and I knew it was the perfect thing to use for making this wreath. The wire was coiled in it's package so I knew it would uncoil like a big slinky - hopefully. The wire did not let me down.
First, make a round wreath shape the size you want. My base shape is 18 inches which may be a bit big because it is heavy when you put all the stuff inside the wire and it caused the wreath to droop a little. But, I have a solution for that! Fourteen or 16 inches may be a bit more workable.
Next, pull the wire coil out and start attaching it to the wreath form. It took almost the whole 50 feet for the 18 inch wreath because of the coil. I attached the coils to the base by using 30 gauge floral wire and twisting it around the coiled wire and the wreath form like this. Use the same process for attached two rings of wire together to make the wreath form.
I had some burlap ribbon that I used to make a bow and thought I was done. I hung the wreath up to admire it and it sagged slightly causing it to pull out of round. OH NO! My OCD kicked in. That was not acceptable, so I needed a quick solution. It was really quite simple. All that anxiety for nothing. I used the 30 gauge wire and wrapped it around the center bottom of the wreath form and pulled it taught leaving a few inches more than needed and wrapped that around the center top of the wreath form. The wire is behind the bow and not visible in any way. The wire is super thin. The wire goes from top to bottom and holds the wreath in shape. Ta Da! Whew! I was getting anxious there for a minute and that is why I think a slightly smaller wreath would not be as heavy. Feel free to do whatever you want since there is a remedy to the saggy wire dilemma.
I plan to hang this wreath in the center of my tobacco basket during the Christmas season. It is going to look awesome there. I would not recommend this wreath for outdoor use because of the yarn and styrofoam balls and hot glue. Hot glue will contract on the ornaments when they get cold and they will fall out of the wreath. It's probably better as an indoor kind of wreath. Just sayin'. Do whatever you like.
This is a lovely wreath with a slightly industrial look or country vibe and appealed to my "down home" side. It has many possibilities for year round use by using all yarn balls instead of some Christmas ornaments, or wrapping the styrofoam balls in different colored twine. Hmmm. Another idea!
I am making one of these wreaths for my friend Joyce for Christmas as a gift. Try making one for yourself or as a gift. Let me know how it turns out. I'm ready to make some more!
Things to Remember:
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou