On the left is my Christmas wreath and on the right is my post-Christmas winter wreath. Want to know a secret? They’re the same wreath!
I love decorating for the holidays (as you know), and I think a wreath is just about the easiest, and most welcoming way to show off your holiday (or seasonal) spirit. But, I don’t want to have 12 or more wreaths sitting around the house all year, not to mention paying for 12 wreaths! So, I came up with a solution: the All-Holiday, All-Season Wreath.
In this blog post I will show you how to start your new all-holiday wreath, as well as a couple extra tutorials for the January decorations.
Before you begin:
- First, you’ll need a plain wreath. I like the grapevine wreaths that you find at crafts stores, but depending on the look you want, you could also use a straw wreath, or even a foam wreath if you want to take the time to cover it with different fabrics throughout the year.
- If you want to add your name or a message like “Welcome”, you can find unpainted wood signs at most craft stores. Just spray paint it white and then use a paint marker to add your message. Glue or screw in some picture wire in the back, and hang/tie it on to your wreath.
- Next choose your color scheme. Since I want to go for a wintry look, I chose all white, but you could easily do a January wreath in a light blue, or even a glitter theme.
- Now, find a place to work that is near an electrical outlet and that you don’t mind getting a little dirty, then gather your supplies.
- The wreath
- Hot glue gun
- Picture wire (optional)
- Elements for decorating the wreath; these can include dried flowers, silk/faux flowers and leaves, fabric flowers, paper snowflakes (tutorial at bottom of post), and anything else that is light enough to fasten onto your wreath
Once you have everything together, decide how you will layer the elements. I am using a spray of small white dried flowers, so I will put those first.
Use the openings in the wreath to stick the dried flowers into it. You don’t want to glue anything you don’t have to, as you will be taking everything off for the next holiday. Once you have them arranged, add your next layer.
I added my paper snowflakes next. You can use wire in strategic points to fasten these to the wreath, but I chose to use small dots of glue from my hot glue gun. This makes it a little easier to put together, but it also means the snowflakes will probably rip when I take them off later, and I won’t be able to reuse them.
Next I added some white fabric flowers. I also used the hot glue gun here, however, you could sew them on, or wrap wire around their bases and stick them into the wreath.
Lastly, I added a few silk leaves under the flowers. You can get these in sprays or as part of faux flowers at craft stores. Since they come with a wire stem, you can just stick these into the wreath under the flowers.
That’s all there is to it. Now just stick it on the door and enjoy. When it’s time to change it, you can just take all the elements out, put them in a box to save until next time, and add your new elements for a new holiday.
Paper Snowflake Tutorial
- A piece of paper cut into a square; if you will be using these outside or in your wreath, you should use cardstock or something heavy that will stand up to the elements. If you will be using them inside, i.e. to decorate a Christmas tree, a thinner paper, like rice paper, will make it easier to get delicate details.
- A Sharp pair of scissors
- Your imagination
1. Take your cardstock and fold it in half, corner to corner.
2. Fold it again into thirds.
3. You should be able to see the shortest edge. Cut off the corners at that short edge.
4. Cut out shapes as intricate or large as you like. Be careful not to rip any edges or cut through both sides. If you cut off the point straight across, you will get a hexagon in the center. If you cut the point of at an angle, it will make a star shape.
5. Very carefully, unfold and open your snowflake. For the best results, press in a heavy book for a few hours or up to a few days.
After experimenting with a few, you’ll start to get the hang of what cuts will do what. If you cut out a lot over the folds, but not from the edge, you will get a more circular looking snowflake like the one on the bottom right. If you cut out more from the edges, you will get a more spindly snowflake, like at the top of the photo. Making snowflakes can be a lot of fun, because even once you know what to expect, their beauty will still always surprise you!
For the Fabric Flower tutorial, watch for my next post tomorrow!