Hello Create.Craft.Love. readers, Erin here from My Very Educated Mother. In our house the month of November is all about decking out the tree as we tackle our No Ugly Ornament Challenge. It was a welcomed break to have the opportunity to get creative on a much larger scale and decorate a wreath as part of the Winter Wreath Workshop. Big thanks to Floracraft for sponsoring this event and Jill for putting it all together! Though you’d never guess it by the state of my craft room, I love minimalism; which is probably why winter is my favorite season. There’s something so serene about a landscape coated in white glimmering snow, it just puts my soul at ease. I tried to incorporate that same sensation in this Winter Wonderland Wreath!
sparkling Christmas drape
low temp hot glue gun and sticks
variety of bottle brush trees
Directions: To begin you’ll need to cover the wreath form with the Christmas drape. Simply unfold and lay it out on a flat surface, position your wreath form, and then cut around it leaving a five inch allowance. Do the same when cutting out the inner circle but instead of five inches you should only need three or four.
Pull the inner and outer edges of the drape towards the backside of the wreath until they meet, see photo above. Since the drape looks, feels, and acts much like quilt batting it will actually stick to the wreath form, but you’ll still want to use low temp hot glue to secure it. When you’re done it should be smooth with no ripples or pleats, like the photo below.
Now for the fun part, positioning your forest of evergreens. After much debate, and a little help from my son, I finally settled on a layout and began using the same low temp hot glue to hold everything in place. When you’re playing around remember that even if your trees have bases they can easily be removed or bent so that the trees can be placed not just on the inside curve of the wreath but also on the front of it,
To give my wreath a bit of shimmer I added a layer of frosty snow to the top of it using regular school glue. Looking at the picture below you can probably tell that the drape quickly absorbed the glue. I was still able to attach the snow to it but just to be on the safe side I worked fast during this portion of the project.
I repeatedly added both glue and snow to the wreath, then stood it up so that the excess snow fell off exposing any bare spots. I must warn you, it may get messy! Thankfully it sweeps up easily.