Friday, November 28, 2014

Quick Christmas wreath how-to

Once we've moved beyond Thanksgiving, I'm ready for Christmas. Ready for the fun, the magic, and that excited, anticipatory feeling that I still get on Christmas Eve and when I hear Christmas music, even after all these years (remember what it was like when you were 6 and Christmas morning couldn't come too soon?).  Most of all, I'm ready for the bright, festive colors, especially my favorite accent color-- red.

I've thrown together a wreath to kick off Christmas 2014 using a red-checked ribbon and red berries, and what is fast becoming my favorite seasonal decorating staple-- the grape-vine wreath.......

......and really, 'throwing it together' is how it is with these handy things that you can pick up at craft stores such as Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts or Michaels-- if you don't want to get too elaborate, it literally only takes a few minutes to put together something that looks pretty fabulous... and fits quite nicely with a more casual, rustic approach to Christmas decorating (can't wait to try these things out at our cabin, once it's done).   

I like the rustic, viney-ness of grape-vine wreaths.  Because the sturdy, twisting texture and the warm brown colors stand on their own as a decorative element, I like to keep it simple and use seasonal embellishments sparingly and as a complement to the wreath itself. I also like the practicality of these things-- if you don't use hot glue, you can use them over and over again.....  

Here is the process I use to create Christmas wreaths each year as I start off the season throughout my house.

First order of business is to set up a wreath-making station on a drop cloth on my dining room table.... a sort of one-woman, wreath-making assembly line (is it an assembly line if there is only one person assembling?).

I've created a Christmas wreath here, but by switching the red berries and the red-check ribbon for something else, you could have an entirely different sort of wreath in just a few minutes.  You can throw together a wreath for any holiday or for every day pretty quickly by using greenery collected from your garden.  I like to use rosemary and bay leaves because I have a lot of it, it lasts a long time and still looks good, and it goes so nicely with the French country theme that I love so much.

I find that the the right tools make any kind of project go so much easier... for this kind of project, heavy-duty wire snips are needed to easily cut heavy gauge wire with minimum effort.

I've used a small grape-vine wreath in this post...these come in a medium- and large-size as well.

First wreath of the season all done!  This probably took less than five minutes to create.  

Linking to...

Wow Us Wednesdays #197 at Savvy Southern Style
Feathered Nest Fridays at French Country Cottage
Best of the Weekend at Little Miss Celebration
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
The Scoop #147 at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Wreath Ideas to DIY at the Nesting Place

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