Wreaths

A bit behind the wreaths, with decorating ideas.

You could even consider this to be a…

CANVA Wreath-Making Guide

Wreaths. I adore them. They are perfect for literally any occasion, any time of the year, and can be any color or design. I mean, they are basically the ultimate blank canvas of home decor, besides maybe your walls.

 

We sell wreaths made of rusty, oxidized barbed wire. It’s old, reddish-brown, and green in places. To some, it’s trash, but to me, it’s gold. We got it from my grandpa’s ranch. It was a part of a fence that was falling apart and no longer served its purpose, at least up until my dad and I went to go cut the wire. I had no idea this fence was there, and I had been down there so many times. This one time, my dad, neighbor (who is my age), and I went pig hunting down there. I was still in elementary probably, maybe early junior high. Because I was young, awkward, and clumsy, I tripped over a root and fell flat on my face. I said, “save yourselves!” all goofy-like. My dad was looking at me laughing while my neighbor friend just stood there and counted about a dozen hogs as they ran across the opening.

Didn’t say a damn thing.

 

Anyway, back to the barbed wire. Did I mention it’s at least fifty years-old, too? You just can’t get this kind of stuff at Hobby Lobby, you know? (to be clear, I so very much love Hobby Lobby!)

When it comes to wreaths, it’s really hard to write a how-to because there really is no “right” way to do it. It’s pretty much just putting whatever the hell you want onto a circle.

So that’s what we are going to talk about here today, y’all. Putting stuff on a circle.

We’ll cover circle options, decoration selection and application, must-haves of a good wreath, and where you can hang them besides doors.

I love structure.

 

First, let’s just establish what your circle can be because I guarantee there are some things you wouldn’t think of. I use barbed wire because that fits my style. I love my wreaths.

 

Similarly, twine or sticks, or even rosehedge-type twigs look really great for natural, outdoorsy, rustic wreaths. Then, there are wreath “templates” you can buy at the craft store, which are perfect for wreaths that aren’t rustic or outdoorsy, which, when you think about it, is a lot of wreaths. They come in Styrofoam mostly. You could also use pipe.

 

Decorations. What to put on them? I am all about being resourceful and using what you have. For example, dig through your holiday decorations and see if there’s something you won’t use. In my case, I had a garland that everyone hated, so I cut it up and put it on a wreath. I have used cotton that I picked from someone’s cotton field. I’ve used deer sheds. As far as other more easily-acceptable things go, you can use:

  • denim from jeans that don’t fit
  • other ribbons or scraps of clothes
  • Tulle
  • buttons to adorn those fabrics
  • cheap ornaments
  • leaves (fake or dried)
  • sticks and twigs
  • Silverware
  • easter eggs
  • Wooden letters
  • paint the wreath
  • hats (like make the wreath a scarecrow’s face)

 

The possibilities are endless! These are just a few ideas I could come up with as I wrote this.

The point is, don’t think you have to buy a bunch of crap. Try to use whatever you have.  

 

As for how to decorate it, I have learned a couple things.

  1. Symmetry is not always your friend, despite the science that says humans like symmetry. It isn’t your enemy, but I think you’re better off going with a balanced, but still off-centered look. I think it makes things more interesting, and you don’t have to worry as much about being perfect. If this wreath is just for you or you just don’t give a damn, then do whatever you want! It’s your house.
  2. The best way I have found to secure stuff is a combination of hot glue and wire/string. The hot glue is really secure and doesn’t show, but you risk it coming off eventually, which is where tying it on comes in. Really, though, it all comes down to which security is less visible.

One thing that you must remember to put on your wreath is a way to hang it up, like a loop or hook at the top of the wreath. It seems so stupidly obvious, but I always forget.

Lastly, wreaths are not just for doors. I have a wreath that I hang above my door. They look good just on the wall, surrounded by other decorations like smaller wreaths, pictures, crosses, or whatever else. Call me crazy, but I think they look good as center pieces. Put a candle in the middle with some other little fillers on a nice table runner with a contrasting table cloth, and voila!

 

Of course, if your craftspiration is non-existent, hit up Pinterest!

 

Blessings and craftiness unto you all!

 

~Hannah ❤

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