Christmas in July 2018 - Day Two

Discussion in 'Christmas in July' started by PamelaG, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    Wreaths and Wreath-making - is this your superpower? ;)
  2. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    Blog post is up - what are your thoughts on buffalo check and houndstooth?
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  3. halimer

    halimer Well-Known Member

    Love buffalo check and houndstooth!

    I have a Hanukkah wreath that I made that I put out every year and bought another one last year.
  4. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    We have a street of impressive homes here for very senior officers. Every other year, there is a tour of the ground floor of the homes when they are all decorated for the holidays. One of the officers was Jewish and their home was stunningly decorated in silver and blue with festive touches. I wish photography was allowed!
  5. Ahorsesoul

    Ahorsesoul Santa's Elves

    I like making wreaths. I learned while working at the hospital. My boss was really into crafty things so she would hold a class for us. During work time of all things. Funny that I made a lot of wreaths but I do not have one for my own house.

    Not for Christmas but I did make some with barb wire. Most everyone we knew at the time had horses so it fit right in to everyone's taste.

    I need to put this on my DO IT LIST for this year.
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  6. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    I do love wreaths! I’ve made oh so many over the years – although I will say that when it comes to Christmas wreaths I have always started with a standard evergreen wreath and then added other elements to it.

    I haven’t made fresh evergreen type wreaths from scratch – have thought about it – but just never have.

    My core tools are: Wire Cutters, Hot Glue Gun, Floral wire, Extra Long Twist Ties (save these from when you buy/unwrap new strands of Christmas lights)

    I prefer not to hot glue items in place but use the wire or twist ties instead – allows me to strip the wreath down and replace with different décor in the future as desired.

    I’ve also not been afraid to strip off unwanted décor from clearance wreaths – hello wire cutters – to get a more neutral base that I could then work from.

    I’ve also made felt ruffle wreaths in cream or white – hot gluing on a scattering of pearls as accents – but have given those away a gifts.

    I’ve learned to make good use of You Tube when I need nice bows for wreaths – there are SO many tutorials – although I tend to stick with simpler ones.

    Also have a tip on hanging wreaths! Love the Frog brand suction cup hangers – however – once they go on, they go on – so these stay on my glass doors year round and I switch out what hangs on them. Be careful to get them in the right spot the first time – although difficult to do you can move them – but the residue left behind is not easy to clean off.
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  7. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, using wire or twist ties instead of glue is a great idea, makes it easy to change the design later on and what a great idea to pick up clearance wreaths and strip off the unwanted decor!
  8. Rose94

    Rose94 Active Member

    I may do a little changing up on store wreaths but don’t really make them.
  9. luludou

    luludou Well-Known Member

    I'm no good at wreaths but I think I'll watch some tutorial on youtube, will give me ideas!
  10. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Well-Known Member

    I use artificial wreaths. I keep the garage and front door wreaths very simple with a bow. The garage wreaths are stored in the garage and the front door wreath is stored in the basement right be the door itself. It makes for a decorating/undecorating very quickly.

    The one in the family room is bigger. I use a bow and a few pinecones with a hint of white on them. I store that with all the tree decorations.
  11. holidayhelpelf

    holidayhelpelf New Member

    How did you work with the barbed wire to make it into a wreath?? Seems like that could be pretty painful? :)
    I've only made a couple of wreaths over the years, though a few years ago I made small wreaths that I glued small ceramic teacups/saucers/pots to and our local tea shop sold them. That was fun.
  12. Ahorsesoul

    Ahorsesoul Santa's Elves

    Yes, it was painful but leather work gloves and Dh helped.
  13. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    After Christmas of '16 I got wreaths from Hobby Lobby for like 80 or 90% off. I was wanting to use them on all the windows but haven't. They are just the greenery ones.
  14. Andthenjust

    Andthenjust Member

    I have serious craft envy! I'm not very creative, but I'd love to be. Is wreath making something you could feasibly learn from youtube videos?
  15. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    I'm sure you could find a video on wreath-making. You Tube is an amazing resource.
  16. MinnieCo

    MinnieCo Well-Known Member

    I've made a lot of wreaths in my time, but I'm currently without a Christmas wreath for my front door. I tossed the last one finally when I thought it had seen better days. Last year so it wasn't blank I bought a real one on Flack Friday from Home Depot. This year I'm bound and determined to make the Mickey Mouse wreath I've been saying I"m going to make for 10 years. Super simple and should look SOMETHING like this when I'm done. I usually go through one every couple years. I like a color scheme and then I get bored of it.

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