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Christmas Card Wreath

I always feel crafty around the holidays but I like to make things that I’ll actually use or display for at least a few years. I’ve been in need of a way to display holiday cards and had seen these all over Pinterest the past few years. It seemed easy enough so I hit up Michaels and Amazon (because as much as I love Michaels, they just don’t always have everything; and because Amazon Prime….) and put it together over two evenings (maybe 2 hours total? 2.5 max). It honestly was SO easy that I wasn’t planning on posting it, but then I thought better. So sorry for process shots – but I think you can get it.

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Christmas Card Wreath

What you need:

  • 1 wire wreath frame – I think I got the 18 inch but you can get whatever size works for you
  • clothespins – I ordered green and red from Amazon; they were different sizes and the larger red ones (3 5/16″) worked best; you could also buy regular clothespins and spray paint them
  • ribbon – I used 4 different 3/8″ Christmasy ribbon and a wider one to hang it with

What to do:

Paint the wreath and/or clothes pins if you want. I didn’t – the wreath is already green and I bought colored clothes pins.

Clip on clothes pins so that it opens toward the outside. I alternated colors leaving 2-3 fingers-width in between each.

Cut ribbons into pieces and tie onto middle two rings of the wreath. I started with one ribbon in between each clothespin. Then filled in with a second ribbon in between some clothes pins. I would have done 2 in between every clothes pin but the ribbon didn’t quit make it that far.

Hang it! I used a wider Christmasy ribbon to hang it with.

 


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Lucky Wreath

Confession – I took the easy road on this last wreath. It’s pretty much the same as my Valentines wreath, but it was all there at once at the store. And it’s cute – so why complicate things? Some day I will attempt to make a more involved wreath that will be even more cute, but for now I just want the holidays covered. Getting close to them all for #19 on my list – just Easter left and I already have a wreath, so I’ll have to actually get creative. (side note: I realized I did make a Christmas wreath but never posted it and can’t find a picture…will have to investigate that one).

Simply wrap the foam wreath with ribbon – this time I used non-wired ribbon which was a little easier to wrap – and hot glue the ends to the back of the wreath. Then start gluing! I already had some green rafia ribbon so I used that as the hanger. Voile! I wonder what my neighbors think about all my wreaths….maybe I’m the crazy wreath lady…..:)

the stuff

the stuff

the wrap

the wrap

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Heart Wreath

Continuing to be crafty for each holiday for my 30 before 30 list! Here’s my problem – I have an idea of what I want to do, then wait until it’s too close to the holiday, then can’t find the exact materials I wanted. It always turns out perfectly fine, but my shopping trip takes a little longer as I have to get creative on my feet with whatever is available in the store. I think this one especially worked out well – I wanted to do a wreath of red/pink/white balls/ornaments, but alas could find none. So I just raided the Valentine’s section. I should get more creative, as I make a wreath for most holidays, but other people get to enjoy the wreath in my hallway, whereas if I made a different decor item I may be the only one who gets to enjoy it.

Instead of balls I found some felt hearts (which you could make yourself) and some pink and red sparkly foam hearts (kind of what I was looking for). I just bought it all and would return anything I ended up not using!

the stuff (+ hot glue gun)

the stuff (+ hot glue gun)

Wrap the wreath in whatever ribbon you bought. I used a white silky wired ribbon. I don’t think it really matters. Note: I used a 12-inch wreath and 1 spool of ribbon exactly covered it (barely).

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Then just glue everything on – no rhyme or reason needed! I glued all the felt hearts on first, then filled in the little spaces with the glitter hearts. Then I already had some red burlap ribbon so I tied that on as the hanger (I actually tied & glued that on first before gluing the hearts down so I could glue some over it).

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Happy Valentines week!