It was a little late in the month by the time I got around to making a holiday wreath. I thought it would be nice to have one that would last through the winter, yet be appropriate for the Christmas holiday. Instead of doing my usual greenery with red accents, I used more of a natural materials theme.
The bow is made of a thicker, burlap style fabric with shiny, gold printed snowflakes on one side. Would you like to learn how to make those big bows for wreaths and other projects? It is really fairly simple, you just need to be able to hold the bow in progress in one hand. Start by making a small loop, then twist the ribbon underneath so the top is back on top.
Make a second loop, only a bit bigger than the center loop.
Twist the ribbon again to bring the right side back to the top. Make the third loop on the opposite side the same size as the second loop.
Continue making loops, twisting the ribbon after each one to bring the right side back to the top.
Make each set of two loops slightly larger than the one before. Make as many as you want to get the bow the size you want.
When you have it the size you want, thread a wire through the middle loop and bring the ends to the back of the bow. Twist them together to hold the loops. Pull the loops around a bit to create the rounded bow.
Take a separate length of ribbon, fold at a right angle in the middle to form the tails. Glue it down to the wreath.
Now glue the bow over the folded part of the tail. There you go!!
For the wreath, I used a grapevine wreath.
Start with the bow as it is the largest element. For this kind of wreath, it is best to work from largest to smallest elements. Most of the materials are dried, natural elements starting with dried orange slices.
I added pine cones, and some small faux fruits. Then I layered more elements on top, acorns and cinnamon sticks.
The empty spaces were filled in with little berries and some evergreen faux pine sprigs.
I set it down to see where I needed to fill a bit more, I’ll add more pine cones and evergreen sprigs to fill it out.
Here it is, finished and hanging next to the front door. It will be there through March.
What do you like for a holiday or seasonal wreath?