DIY Christmas Wreath 2015

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know that I only have one wreath and I just dress it up differently depending on the season or occasion.  This way, I have less to store and I always have a “new” wreath to enjoy!  It’s been a while since I’ve updated my grapevine twig wreath, so I thought I’d give it a new look for Christmas.

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Step 1 – Supplies

When prepping to make your wreath, it’s not important that you know exactly what you’re going to create, but rather than you have a general idea.  This year, I decided this year to use a more neutral color scheme and gathered up items that I thought I would incorporate.

I used:

  • Snow covered twigs
  • Boxwood sprigs
  • White feather boa
  • Linen and burlap ribbon
  • Various Christmas ornaments
  • Green floral wire

 

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Step 2

I wired the snow covered twigs to the wreath to create a base.  I basically followed the curve and arrangement of the grapevine twigs so that the snow branches blended in to the shape of the wreath.

 

Tip: Don’t clip your floral wire short until the wreath is hanging in case you need to add more items or tighten some down.

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Step 3

After trying a few different placements for the greenery, I decided to put it at the bottom of the wreath.  I pulled sprigs of preserved boxwood out of my garland and wired them onto the wreath with a small gap in the middle where I knew I would be adding various accessories.

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Step 4

At this point, I started adding accessories to the wreath.  For me, this is a bit of an experiment, as sometimes I don’t know exactly what I’m going to use or how I’m going to place it until I’m putting it together.  In this case, I decided to use two faux antler picks, so I wired them on.

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Step 5

I then added a bow made of linen and burlap ribbon {my new favorite this holiday season!} and one large ornament.  You might have noticed that I ended up flipping the antlers over once I had the bow in place.

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Step 6

As a last step, I decided to fill in the center of the wreath a bit to hide the area where the grapevine twigs and snow covered branches meet.  A small feather boa did the trick!

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And with that, my simple Christmas wreath was done and ready to hang on my front door!

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When you go to hang your wreath, bring any leftover items and additional floral wire with you, as sometimes, once it’s hanging you’ll need to tighten things down and you also might spot a couple of bare areas that you want to fill in.

 

Want to see this wreath’s other looks?

Click on the photos below for tutorials to create different versions of this wreath.

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This is actually the second Christmas wreath I made this year and I’ll share the other one with you soon.  As it turned out, after I made the first one and hung it on the door, I didn’t like how it looked with my lion head door knocker.  {These things happen, I suppose!}  I only swapped out one item and doing so made an entirely different looking wreath!

 

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8 comments on DIY Christmas Wreath 2015

  1. Kim
    November 19, 2015 at 2:36 PM (2 years ago)

    Simply – beautiful, as always!

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  2. Peggy
    November 19, 2015 at 3:40 PM (2 years ago)

    Oh WOW! What a gorgeous wreath and what a great tutorial! Thank you!

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  3. Toni Bergeron
    November 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM (2 years ago)

    This wreath is beautiful! Where did you find the beautiful door knocker?

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      November 19, 2015 at 8:23 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Toni! I got the door knocker off of Etsy, my favorite online source for vintage items! It’s from England and is brass and I got a great price on it because it was missing the original screws, but fortunately, I was able to find some that fit. Here’s the search I used when I was looking:

      https://www.etsy.com/search?q=lion+door+knocker&page=1

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      • Toni
        December 10, 2015 at 7:44 PM (2 years ago)

        Just wanted to thank you for sending the website for your door knocker purchase. I was lucky to find one that exactly matched yours. It is just beautiful and I cannot thank you enough for sharing. It is going to look wonderful on the door of my little English Townhouse.
        Would you also share your secret for keeping the lion’s head so beautiful and shining? Did you have a coating applied or do you use a special cleaner?
        Merry Christmas.

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  4. Sharon
    November 27, 2015 at 6:47 AM (2 years ago)

    This is my favorite wreath I’ve seen this season, it’s perfect looks simple but it is so layered and well..perfect! Could you please share where you found the ribbon and faux antlers? Thanks so much!

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      November 27, 2015 at 8:46 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Sharon! I got the antlers at Michaels….they were part of another greenery pick and I just pulled them out. The ribbon was from a local store and I haven’t been able to find the exact one online, but this one is similar: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/burlap16.html

      Good luck with your wreath!! :) Kim

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