“Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favourite time of the year…”
The stores have had Christmas decorations out for months and the Christmas carols have been playing in the malls for weeks. It is all pointing to the tell tale sign that Christmas is just a few short weeks away! To be honest with you I couldn’t be happier, I LOVE Christmas!!! I just love spending time with family, feasting on all the yummy food and giving gifts to my loved ones. I love giving gifts to loved ones so much so, that I am usually already finished by the end of October and there is nothing left for me to do for weeks; fyi that is a bad thing, I like preparing for Christmas. Although, I do have a rule that in our house decorations don’t go up until the 1st of December. It is SO hard to wait until then, I am such a child. This year however, I broke that rule. I know, how naughty of me. Tisk, tisk, tisk! But, it was for a great reason! For the past few years, I have wanted to make a Christmas wreath. This year I finally got around to making one, thanks to you; well, I needed something for you to read. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I literally stood at the door for at least a full 5 mins looking at it, just marvelling at how well it turned out! There was just no way that this masterpiece wasn’t going up as soon as it was finished!
To make this awesomely easy and super gorgeous Christmas wreath you will need;
- Wreath form, you could use either wicker, vine, foam, timber etc it all depends on the look you want and what you are able to find
- Gold spray paint
- Spray glue
- Gold glitter loose and or glitter glue
- Dark green, light green and red felt
- Green embroidery thread and large needle (not shown in photo)
- Gold Ribbon (not shown in photo)
- Hot glue gun or clear tacky craft glue (not shown in photo)
- Spray sealant (not shown in photo)
For the wreath form you will need to;
- Prepare your wreath form. I found a wicker one at my local discount store that was already painted white so all I had to do was clean off any dust. The preparation of your wreath form will depend on the type you purchase.
- Spray 2-3 light coats of gold spray paint over the entire wreath form, making sure it is fully and evenly coved.
- When the paint is completely dry and working in sections apply the glitter;
- Spray the section with the spray glue or brush on the glitter glue,
- Sprinkle on the loose glitter
- Shake off any excess and move on to the next section
- Repeat until all of the area you can see is covered, no need to do the back that will be against the door, but make sure the rest of it is covered
- When the wreath is covered in the glitter and all excess has been shaken off spray 1-2 layers of the spray sealer to help the glitter on the wreath and not all over the house
For the holly decorations you will need to;
- On the wrong side of the red felt (there may not be a right and wrong side) trace around a CD or circular object of a similar size
- Cut a spiral into the circle of felt
- Starting from the middle end of the spiral (the end that was the middle of the circle) coil it up on itself gluing it in place as you go, forming a tight flower looking holly berry
- Repeat steps 1-3 another 2 times so that you have 3 berries
- Cut out 3 holly shape leaves from the dark green felt (if you are not confident in free handing these you can Google holly leaf templates and there are plenty to choose from)
- Cut out 3 smaller holly shape leaves from the light green felt
- Lay a smaller holly leaf on top of a larger leaf and stitch in the leaf spine with the embroidery thread, do this for all three leaf sets
- Arrange your holly leaves and holly berries in the layout you want and glue them all together
To complete the wreath you will need to;
- Position the holly decorations on the wreath and glue into place
- Attach a length of gold ribbon to the top of the wreath and hang on your front door
- Stand back and admire your handiwork for at least 5mins; this step is completely optional, although it would make me feel less strange if I wasn’t the only one doing this!
Warning: When working with sprays and glues make sure you carefully read the instructions and are working in a well-ventilated area and with the appropriate personal protective equipment.
How excited are you about Christmas? Are you on your way to getting ready or are you completely in denial that the end of the year is fast approaching?