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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Making Real Christmas Wreaths

I am not going to lie, when I started this series I thought there was a 1 in 10 chance I would make it to the eighth day.  I did it!  Woohoo!  Now you'll just have to wait to see if I can make it to 12...  This year I decided to keep my fake wreaths in storage {shhh don't tell tall tan man I didn't get rid of them} and make real wreaths.  I will be completely honest during this post about the pros and cons of using real greenery.  

First off, I was pumped when The Home Depot had real greenery for sale on Black Friday for $5.  I bought two things of it, one for the mantel and one for wreaths.  If I were to do this again I would not of bought the greenery this early.  My wreaths have looked good for three weeks, but I don't think they'll make it to Christmas.  My greenery on the fire place was a different story...

I was so happy how this turned out, but living in Colorado means our fire place is on every night.  The greenery was dead as a door knob after two days.  You couldn't tell it was dead unless you touched it, so I kept it up for two weeks.  I might of had a little pity party when I had to take it down...  Anyway, I misted everything once a day which has helped the wreaths make it for three weeks.  Would I do this again.  Absolutely! Alright let's talk about making real wreaths! 

What you need:

floral wire * scissors * greenery * wreath form * accessories

Take the greenery and wire the end of it to the wire wreath. 

 Keep wrapping greenery around while wiring it to the wire form.  I found it easiest to use long strips on wire to keep the wreath looking full. 

Can you just smell the evergreen?  Next hang up your wreath and take a step back.  If you like how it looks then start accessorizing! If not, clean it up with your scissors.  

Hope this helps!  Happy Crafting!


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