My Christmas wreath from last year was a winter style, suitable for leaving out all winter. But, the ribbon was really sad, so I turned it into a fall wreath for this year. Of course that meant I had to do another one for Christmas. I scored a box full of glass balls and gold wire edged ribbon at an estate sale, so that meant I had everything I needed for a wonderful wreath. I start with a grapevine base.
This time, I set the bow at an angle on the upper left side. Starting with the streamers I cut them long so they would reach across the wreath and have enough for some pretty twists.
I made the bow and secured it with wire, adding a bit of hot glue to make it stable. Click on Bows for a refresher on how to do these big bows.
Good start. I glued the ends of the streamers to the wreath so they would keep their shape.
I added some glass balls for shine in silver and gold.
Then some greenery was added.
I had a box of small pine cones with some gold and silver accents, so I got those out next. The small cones are perfect for this wreath.
So, I just kept adding more and more, filling in all the bare spots.
A bit of red here and there breaks up all the metallic hues.
All done. Of course, once I was done, I realized that my MIL would love it. So, I decided I would send it home with her after her visit. At least this time it could ride home with her in the back seat of the car. Shipping it with those delicate ball ornaments would likely be a disaster.
DH hung it on her door when they got back to her home in Georgia.
So you know what that meant, don’t you? I had to make another one! Out came the gold wire edge ribbon again, and I selected this one.
I added some picks with red velvet ribbon and pine cones.
A few more gold pine cones add a bit of shine to the wreath this time too.
Now, this one is done too. I like the way it looks hanging on the front of the house. Christmas cheer for our visitors to enjoy, and us too as we come home each day.
Do you have a holiday wreath this year?
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Those are absolutely beautiful! I love pine cones in a wreath! I made one for my son’s new home in Gastonia. He is big on lake and lodge stuff so I found a pair of skis, an arrow that said “Lodge this way” and a burlap ribbon that I intermingled with the wreath and made a bow. I added snowflake lights and it turned out adorable. He loved it and it’s on his front door. Merry Christmas to all!
I bought a really cute burlap Christmas stocking last year, so that is hanging on my door this year. I do love a Christmas wreath though! Your bows are beautiful!
Love the wreaths and they make me want to make one but I am emotionally attached to one I bought from the Sears catalog in 1968 when my kids were young (and so was I!). I have changed the ribbon periodically but otherwise the thing looks real and has held up unvelieveably. Last year I was given a wonderful fresh wreath that hung on the door but I missed my old one so it is back up this year. We have shared a lot of Christmases over the years and it reminds me of the journey of my life. Funny that something like that can hold so many reminders. Thanks for your blog. I love it and your approach to things and to your readers.
The wreaths look great, I find they are fun to make. I use a grape vine wreath like you – I have one that I made for hanging above the fireplace, I made it almost 20 years ago!! I have replaced parts of it at some years then take the whole thing apart and make fresh from year to year but certain pieces always go back on it for tradition.
Thank you for the inspiration I needed to get my wreath decorated. It’s a plain green fir wreath, no bow or adornments. It’s actually pretty in its simplicity but I do want to make it a little more Christmasy with bow, pine cones, etc. yours are beautiful!
Your Christmas wreaths are lovely.
They are both beautiful, but my pick is MIL’s one, what a wonderful thoughtful gift, and to have it travel safely home, a huge bonus.
Both your wreaths are gorgeous – I would be happy with either of them 🙂
Good Morning Carole! Both of your wreaths are gorgeous! I also clicked and went back to refresh on making the bow and that wreath was beautiful also. Love the way you make your bows and will be trying it later on today, I am making up several wreaths today! I had “hooped” some tulle all around a grapevine wreath base, when hubby commented he thought the poofs were to much…so, I have just let it sit for a couple of days and he is right. So today, I will shorten those poofs and then go from there. I plan on actually making a blog post about it. So, although, I have a gazillion other things to make quilt wise…I think I am going to play and make wreaths today! Thank you for sharing your spectacular talents and ideas that always inspire me! Have a fantastic creative day!
Beautiful Wreath! And the best thing is that, for the most part, it was recycled contents. Keeping things out of the landfill is important. Looks very festine!
Bought an evergreen “bouquet” at Sam’s Club last week and made a swag. I had some OLD red plaid ribbon from when I worked at a craft store in the 80’s… very simple, it hangs on our storm door, which we must have: it was 7 degrees overnight….
I miss having a Ponderosa pine though: tons of small cones. And if you ever get offered Sugar Pine cones, they are HUGE, big enough to make little christmas trees with. In the Modoc National Forest, and Willamette National Forest, northern CA and Oregon!
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Oh yes! Made it years & years ago, but it goes so stunningly on our dark green door – it is made of white bundles of yarn with a red poinsettia! Also have a simple faux one with red “velvet” bow on the grill of my car for festive driving. Bought a lovely one with cardinals flitting around the greenery last year at a craft fair – left it up on our inside porch, since cardinals aren’t just for Christmas, right?! Everything usually looks so dreary when all the Christmas decor is put away, I can enjoy this one all year long. What struck me most about your MIL’s beautiful shiny new wreath? The sweet photo thoughtful DH took of your creation on her door! Very thoughtful fella!
Seriously, my wreaths are total crap compared to yours! Please come visit me for a month and fix my house.
(I think the one you gave to your MIL looks perfect on her door, and the second one you made is perfect for your door!! Good choices!)
No..no wreath this year…yours are absolutely gorgeous, though. I especially like the one for your mother-in-law. By the way—-if you head to Vicki W’s house, please stop by southern WV and “fix” mine first! lol…..Merry Christmas….thank you for a lovely year of informative , humorous and delightful posts. You are very much appreciated.
Your wreaths are wonderful. I never like how mine come out, so I bought one this year that I love.
Pretty! Love the way you did the ribbon
Beautiful work. We “inventoried ” our wreath boxes while talking about improving our storage situation. I have 9 wreath boxes that are full, and every one needs a make over and “gifted”. I usually hang 3, front door, side door and in my sewing room bay window
Both are amazing. You are so good at these things! No wreath. I have a wooden Christmas tree I made from paint sticks and a staple gun helping. I’m using clothespins to clip Christmas cards to it. I know if you had done it, it would look LOTS better. LOL But, hey, it’s there.
Beautiful wreaths. I have one wreath hanging on my mantle but I would love to make some with some ribbon.
Both of these are absolutely stunning ! I have a wreath of heavy gold and silver bells on the front door that I fell in love with and purchased at Target about a decade ago. That stays up for December and then a winter greenery goes up until spring.
I love your wreaths , I try each year to make one but they never turn out as good as yours.
Both your lovely wreaths sprinkle oodles of Christmas cheer! They are beautiful!
You make everything look so easy to make. I love the bows.
So pretty, Carole! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm–pinned & tweeted!
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