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How to Make a Winter Wreath

by | Dec 18, 2022 | hobby lobby, Home Decor

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. All opinions are 100% mine.

Merry Christmas to all! I hope you are all finding some joy and peace this Christmas season and have been creating special, much-needed memories to cherish. I am thrilled to present another new project for you today to wrap up this wonderfully creative year we’ve had! This wreath serves double-duty as you can put it up for Christmas, but also leave it up all winter long. It’s a great excuse for a new wreath isn’t it? (As if we needed an excuse anyway!) The beauty of this wreath is that you can keep it as simple or detailed as you want. There are plenty of pictures here to show each step along the way, and remember to also watch the full video tutorial! As you work through the directions, feel free to stop at any point if you are happy with how it is. The supply list (found below) is simple and it can all be found at Hobby Lobby, which makes it a wonderful one-stop-shop project. Not only that, but it is all currently 70% off at Hobby Lobby. Need I say more? I thought so! Okay so grab that list and get ready because this is one you don’t want to miss.

A simple set of supplies to create a stunning, full wreath.

Supply List:

*I already owned the zip ties

Directions:

Straighten all the chenille stems so they are ready to use.

Step 1. Today you’ll notice that we are working with a work wreath form, not just a plain wire wreath form. You can see the difference is that this one has chenille stems attached to it all around! This makes it very easy to attach our mesh to the frame. So, the first step here is to straighten out all the stems and have them standing up so they are ready to use.

Gather 10″ lengths and secure them to the chenille stems.

Step 2. Get both rolls of mesh, unroll a good amount and layer one on top of the other. We are going to work smarter, not harder! By doubling up we get to add extra volume in half the time. Pinch the end of the mesh layers and secure it to one of the stems on the outer ring by twisting the stems around it to hold it in place. This is the start! (If you have seen any of my other videos, you’ve seen this method!)

Work all the way around the frame until you come back to the first stems. Secure the mesh with the first stems before moving onto the next layer.

Step 3. Next you are going to pinch the mesh about 10” from the first pinch in the previous step (no need to measure, just eyeball it!); secure that gathered mesh with the next stem. See how it ruffles out? We will be doing this all the way around the outer ring: move down 10”, pinch and gather, secure it to the next stem. When you get back around to the first stem you started with, attach your last ruffle to that same stem– do NOT cut your mesh yet! This process may sound complicated but I promise it’s so simple and you’ll be done in no time. Those stems make it go so fast! And don’t worry about hiding them just yet because we will use them again.

Secure the last ruffle on the inner ring with a zip tie instead of chenille stem.

Step 4. Okay now take your mesh and we are going to do that exact same process for the inner ring of stems. So go about 10” again down the mesh and secure that gathered pinch into the stem above the one you just used. Work your way around this inner ring with the same method. Get about 10” of mesh, gather, pinch, secure. Rinse and repeat! Now this time when you come back to the starting stem, instead of attaching it with that stem like we did on the first ring, you’re going to attach it to the wire base with a zip tie so we don’t create too much volume in that one spot. Make sense?

Separate the layers and fluff out each ruffle.

Step 5. Now that we have added our base layers, you want to go back around to all those ruffles and separate and fluff them. Remember we doubled our mesh so we want to now tap into all the extra volume we’re going to get. It works well to separate each layer, then fluff out the middle of the ruffle, and try to tuck the edges down underneath. Still leave the stems sticking out, we’ll use them in the next step.

Scroll the short ends towards each other, pinch around the whole middle and secure to each set of stems sticking out.

Step 6. Because we have so much mesh, let’s put it to work. You’re going to measure and cut about 10 or so pieces between 13-14” long. Doesn’t need to be exact, but somewhere in that range. So what we’re going to do with these is create more ruffles. (Again, if you have seen some of my other videos you’ve probably seen this twisted ruffle method before.) Place one piece in front of you with the short edge facing you and create a “scroll” by rolling in one edge towards the center and then the opposite edge towards the center. The edges don’t need to meet in the middle, we are mostly tucking in the raw edges to keep them from fraying. Next, gather the two rolled edges to the middle and pinch it together to create a ruffled petal (I know, it’s not a flower, but that’s what we’re calling it!). Now we’re going to use those chenille stems to attach the petals all the way around the outer and inner rings by laying the middle of the petal over the stems and twist to secure. I love all the volume it creates and how much we can achieve with just two rolls of mesh. After you’ve attached a petal to each remaining space, you can now go around and hide those stems by pushing them down between the ruffles.

Arrange the pine stems on either side of the space you will attach the bow.

Step 7. Okay, now for the fun flair! This is always my favorite part. Let’s start with the pine stems. First, orient all the branches so they’re straight and going the way you want. We are going to place four stems on either side of where our bow is going, so decide where you want your bow first (I placed mine on the left side of my wreath). We want the stems going the same direction out away from the bow, and the stems on the other side will be facing the opposite direction. When you’re ready to attach to the wreath, we’re going to use zip ties instead of hot glue because of how heavy these stems are. I used a heavy duty zip tie so I was able to secure all the stems together. You will just go down through the mesh, out and around the wire frame, then back up through the mesh to secure the zip tie. When you attach the other set of pine stems, just leave a small gap between the two sides for the bow, but it doesn’t need to be a large opening.

Add hot glue to the pine cone stems and set them wherever you like in the greenery.

Step 8. Let’s add some of those pine cone stems! These are very simple to add in, just decide where you want them, put hot glue along the stems and insert them wherever you want.

Create a bow with five loops on either side and tails about 20″ long.

Step 9. We’re going to make our bow now and use the “zip tie bow” method I have used before. First we’ll start with the black ribbon. Create a long tail, about 20”, by pinching the ribbon about 20” from the end. Then we’re going to make about 5 loops on each side of our bow. So go about 10” from where you’ve gathered the ribbon, and add that section of ribbon to the same fingers holding the ribbon. This is the first loop on one side. Next you’ll go another 10” and create another loop for the other side of the bow. Work back and forth like this until you have 5 loops on either side of the bow. Finish by cutting the ribbon long so the second tail is about 20” long like the first. Grab a zip tie and secure the bow where your fingers are holding it in the middle.

Create a second, smaller bow with the same method and attach it to the black bow with a zip tie.

Step 10. Now we will create a smaller bow with the red and black checked ribbon using that same method, but this time we will only create three loops on either side. The length for each loop this time will be 8”, but the tails will still be about 20”. When you finish this bow, place it on top of the black bow and grab another zip tie to secure them together. Before closing the zip tie though be sure to slip in a long piece of wire perpendicular to the zip tie– this is what we’ll use to attach the bow to the wreath. Now close the zip tie around the bows and wire and clip the excess of the ties.

Attach the bow with wire and twist in back to secure.

Step 11. Let’s attach the bow! It’s going to go in that open space between the pine stems so lay it where you want, and then you’ll feed the wires through the mesh and wire frame and twist them together in back to secure the bow to the frame. (Pro tip: Don’t trim off the excess wire so that you can remove the bow later if you want to use it on another project.)


Step 12. Optional: Clip off a few of the frosted berry stems and tuck in a few among the pine stems on either side of the bow. You can add hot glue to the stems to make them more secure if you desire.

Finish the wreath by creating loose ringlets in the bow tails with your finger.

Step 13. Let’s finish those pretty, long bow tails. Simply use your fingers to create loose ringlets on each tail and lay them out along your wreath. If you want them a little shorter, go right ahead!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to read this and work through this project. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did and that it brings you cheer all winter long. A big thank you to Hobby Lobby for sponsoring this and providing materials to us all at such great prices. Merry Christmas!

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