Holiday Wreaths

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Nothing says the holidays like an awesome wreath. I love them! It’s one of the first crafts I remember ever doing on my own. I’ve admired all of the fluffy wreaths I’ve seen on Pinterest, and thought they were too hard or time consuming to do. Well, I’m here to tell you they’re not! Well, a bit time consuming, but not hard at all!

It all started with wanting a wreath for football season. We decided to host little get-togethers on Sunday afternoons for our friends, and I wanted our front door to greet them appropriately. So, I started searching Pinterest to see what was out there, and I came across these fluffy wreaths. I looked at a number of sites to find instructions that made sense to me, and even watched some YouTube videos.  The instructions I’ve come up with below are a compilation of the things I found that worked for me. Along the way, my friend Vickie wanted to learn to make them, and she’s been a huge help in finding what works and doesn’t work. So shout out to Vickie!

What you need:

  • Double hooped 16″ wire wreath frame, available at craft stores
  • Fuzzy pipe cleaners, in coordinating color to mesh
  • Fine Mesh ribbon, in either 6″ or 10″ width (we’ll explain why this matters), in 3-4 colors
  • Wired ribbon, about 3″ wide, to coordinate with your mesh
  • Wooden or metal decorations

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How to Assemble:

  1. Starting with the mesh ribbon, cut it into approximate square lengths. If the ribbon is 6″, cut it into 6″ lengths. Do the same for 10″. You’ll need to do about 20 per color.
  2. Cut the coordinating ribbon into similar lengths, either 6 or 10 inches.
  3. Cut your pipe cleaners in half, so you have 20 shorter pipe cleaners.
  4. Create your “poof” clusters. This is done by taking a piece of cut mesh and rolling it up to form a sort of scroll. You don’t want it too tight or too loose, because these are what form the boing-y poofs of the wreath. While holding the first poof, roll and add the next color, continuing until you have one of each color in your hand.
  5. Add a piece of the wired ribbon to the cluster, and using a pipe cleaner, secure the poofs to make a cluster. Continue to do this until all of the ribbon has been made into clusters, about 20 in all.
  6. Prepare your wreath form by wrapping pipe cleaners around it in a zigzag patter. This will help the clusters stay in place as you attach them to the wreath. When you get to the end of a pipe cleaner, just twist it and start a new one.
  7. Attach your decoration to the wreath so you know how it will hang. If you are using a sign that will hang in the middle, attach to what you consider the top of the wreath. We didn’t use any glue at all, everything was attached with pipe cleaners or ribbon. By doing this first, you’ll have a guide to how to fill in the wreath.
  8. Begin attaching your poof clusters to the wreath form by placing them on the front, and twisting the pipe cleaners to the wreath form. Make them as close together as you want around the wreath, but if they are very close, you’ll need more than the 20 clusters.  If you’ve used multiple designs of wired ribbon, be mindful of not placing all one type together.
  9. Once you have your clusters attached, fuss around and get them the way you want them to look. That’s the beauty of the pipe cleaners, they allow you to untwist and move around easily.

Why does the size of the mesh ribbon matter? What we found out was the 10 inch mesh was too long, and if you have a storm door, you won’t be able to close it. So using the 6 inch will make the poofs shorter. Ultimate, a mix of 6 and 10 inch mesh makes a great looking wreath.

Another note: Be creative! You can use all sorts of color combinations to make all sorts of wreaths. I love Vickie’s peacock wreath. The only thing to consider is that if this will be hanging on an outside door, you’ll want your materials to be weather proof!

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