Tools You'll Need
Wire cutter pliers
|The glue gun and the pliers are self explanatory. A small hammer comes in handy if you have trouble pushing a pin all the way into the base. Tap the top of the pin with the hammer to drive it all the way in. The awl is another problem solver. To push stems into the base without breaking them, make a path for the stem by inserting the awl first and then pushing the stem gently down into the hole left by the awl. The straw is flexible and will come back together to close the hole after you've inserted the stem.|
Materials needed: 12-inch diameter straw wreath base, dyed Club Moss* (Lycopodium clavatum), styrofoam 1-inch thick, 18-gauge floral stem wire, floral wire pins, wrapping paper, tiny bows, assorted small santas
|Materials needed: 12-inch diameter straw wreath base, angel hair, white bows, small gold bells, small gold angels, stringed gold "pearls," dried lavender sprigs or other fragrant herb (optional)*.|
Directions: Remove angel hair from packaging and tease by pulling it apart both lengthwise and widthwise until it thins to the point where some of it is "see-through." Attach one end of strand to side of wreath with wire pins and work your way around wreath, anchoring hair to base with pins as you go. Strive for a billowy, ethereal effect, but try to keep the basic round shape of the wreath so that it doesn't look lopsided. Weave pearl string over and under hair and around the back of the base, attaching with pins as you go. Glue ribbons and bells to base.
*Attach to wreath with pins before proceeding with other directions
Materials needed: 12-inch diameter straw wreath base, 3 dark purple bows with lace edging, 3 plain white lace bows, small purple strawflowers, green velvet leaves, pine cones (I used white pine), dried double (it's showier than single-flowered) baby's breath
|A final touch: To make a hanger on the back of your wreath, stand it up on your work surface and decide where the top of the wreath will be. Directly behind the top, insert one of the pins you made, straight into the back and parallel to your work surface. Leave an inch or so of the pin exposed. Bend the pin up toward the top of the wreath so that it forms a right angle to the part that you inserted. Secure the hanger with a dab of glue where the legs of the pin go into the straw. Now you're ready to hang your wreath!|
Where to find it
Straw wreath base: Craft stores, online here
Club moss/other greens: Club moss is very difficult to find and is not always available. (I couldn't find a supplier the last time I tried to get some.) Craft stores generally have artificial greens and floral shops should have fresh greens at this time of year.
Floral stem wire: Craft stores and florists, online here
Bows: Craft stores, garden centers, party supply stores, or make your own (instructions here)
Santas: Craft stores, garden centers, big box /discount stores
Gold bells: Craft stores, garden centers, online here
Gold angels: Craft stores, garden centers, big box/discount stores, online here
Gold "pearl" string: Craft stores, garden centers, big box/discount stores
Angel hair (spun glass): Not all that common, some craft stores carry it; available online here
Strawflowers: Craft stores, garden centers, online here
Double-flowered baby's breath: Craft stores, garden centers, online here
Your own garden may be a source for some of these materials.
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