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Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 | 2 comments

DIY Winter and Holiday Wreaths

DIY Winter and Holiday Wreaths

Holidays are meant for wreaths. Oh how satisfying it is to make your own wreath using objects from nature or leftovers from another project. Here we share four ideas for making wreaths using pinecones, yarn scraps, acorns and ornaments.

Silver Pinecone Wreath

For this wreath you’ll need a straw wreath form (available at Michael’s), tacky glue, spray paint, and about 40-50 small to medium-sized pinecones. Use tacky glue to attach the first row of pinecones. Let this dry for a few hours.

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Because the tacky glue takes time to harden, I knew it would be difficult to attach the pinecones on the sides without them falling off. So I used some thread to stabilize the sides to the first row that was already attached.

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I let the pinecones sit over night so they would be completely stable. Then I cut off the string, painted with a silver metallic spray paint, and hung on my door. I still think it needs a big red bow or something, but it’s looking quite festive.

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Shared by Katie

Yarn Ball Wreath

A couple of months ago we shared three ways to make yarn wreaths, including one with yarn balls. Well here is my original yarn ball wreath that I made last winter. I used scraps of yarn wrapped around aluminum foil balls, then attached the yarn balls to a wire wreath form with string. After the holidays, it’ll make an appearance again on my door as my winter wreath.

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Shared by Katie

Golden Acorn Wreath

I collected about 30 or so acorns on a hike in the Shenandoah National Forest.

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This wreath requires about this many or more. I had also collected some chestnuts, so I decided to alternate rows of acorns with the chestnuts. You also need a straw wreath form (Michael’s), hot glue gun, gold spray paint, and ribbon for hanging. I started by cleaning and then “cooking” the acorns in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes to deal with any worms lurking in the nuts. (I followed this tutorial which shared that essential step.)

You then glue the nuts in diagonal rows along the front of the wreath and let them dry overnight to harden.

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Spray paint with gold or the color of your choice.

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Hang with ribbon of your choice.

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Shared by Leslie

Ornament Wreath

I’m a sucker for holiday wreaths but have a hard time handing over the cold hard cash (especially during the holidays!) for a nice one that I could certainly make at home.  I saw a great ornament wreath at the store the other day and decided to replicate it DIY style.

First you need a wire hanger. Untwist the hanger and make it into the shape of a circle.  While you’re prepping, get the hot glue gun ready and your choice of ornaments.  Note: I used about 100 medium-sized ornaments and could have used more.

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Take off the tops of each of the ornaments and, using your hot glue gun, put a dab of glue on top of the ornament then place the cap back on — this makes sure the ornament doesn’t come apart on the wreath.  Then simply slide the ornament onto the hanger.  Keep going until it looks full. Add whatever hanging ribbon you’d like and voila!  Your very own ornament wreath.

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Shared by Sara

2 Comments

  1. I think that acorn wreath uses more than 30 acorns! Also, remember the animals in the forest rely on the nuts to get them through the winter, so maybe throughout the year you could mold nut shapes from clay and by winter you would have enough to use those instead of real nuts. Just an idea!

    • Yes, Sherrie, 30 was a low estimate. I collected way more and dumped them in my back patio along with the extra chestnuts for the squirrels to gather. Next year, I’ll take your advice and make one by, say, needle felting acorns. I’ve seen cute ones with felt balls for the acorns and the actual caps.

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