With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to craft a beautiful wreath to add some festive cheer to your front door. Here you can learn how to make the most of materials lying around your home (or outside) to create classic or contemporary Christmas wreaths that will greet your guests with a warm welcome.
Go for Classic: Wonderfully White
Want to create an icy-looking arctic circle? Here’s how:
1. Collect as many twigs and pinecones as you can from your garden or whilst on a walk. There’s nothing like a stroll in the crisp air at winter and you’re sure to find an abundance of woodland foliage in the process!
2. Head to your nearest home craft store and pick up an 18-inch grapevine wreath along with various shaped floral pods and, if you didn’t manage to find any outdoors, pinecones. If you fancy adding a bit of texture to your wreath, stop at a supermarket to pick up a pack of seasonal nuts. You may want to pick up an extra pack if you’re feeling peckish!
3. Once you’ve assembled all the things you need, it’s time to sit down and do some serious gluing. Be sure to use a hot glue gun, a glue stick just won’t do! After everything has been glued in place, place your wreath on some newspaper or a surface that you don’t mind getting messy and spray-paint the entire creation white.
4. Now you have yourself a snowy woodland wreath! Allow the paint to dry and then make a loop with the wire so that you can hang it on your front door. If you enjoyed making this Christmas creation for yourself, why not make another and gift it to someone special?
Opt for Contemporary: Captivating Cork
Fancy standing out from the crowd? Then follow our steps to make a unique Christmas wreath.
1. Collect 22 wine corks (it is Christmas after all!) and buy 22 red balls along with a roll of long, green wire, which will be the basis of your wreath, from a craft store.
2. Drill two holes into the cork which are big enough for the wire to fit through, one about a quarter of an inch from the top and another the same distance from the bottom. Ensure that all the drilled holes at the top are in line with the holes at the bottom. Whilst this may sound tedious, accuracy is key for this wreath to work!
3. Push the wire through the bottom holes of the corks, but make sure you leave a sufficient amount of wire at both ends so that you can tie it later. Using another piece of wire, thread through the tops of the corks, alternating with the red balls, again leaving enough wire at both ends.
4. Now everything is in place, tie together the wire ends at the top and bottom, twisting to close, and you’ll have yourself a very unique-looking garland! This resourceful wreath is the ultimate way to champion your love for wine.