I cannot believe that it’s December and Christmas is right around the corner! I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering where time went. In preparation for the festive and cozy days to come, I thought I’d kick off holiday posts with a cheap and easy wreath tutorial.
Admittedly, I haven’t always been the biggest fan of wreaths, but over the past couple of years, I’ve grown to quite like them. What I don’t like is how expensive they are! You can get a wreath pretty cheap, but all the pretty ones I’ve fallen in love with cost at least $100. Yikes. I managed to assemble my own for a mere $32.80 and I adore it! Here are some tips to make your own.
When and Where to Buy Supplies
Shop the sale
In my experience, wreaths and their accessories can be rather pricy. The full cost of my wreath was $82.80! I saved $50 by purchasing all of my materials at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Store the week before Thanksgiving when all seasonal decor was on sale. They always run sales like this just before the holiday season and after, so sign up to their email list for weekly deals and coupons and keep an eye out.
While it may take more this way, the result will be a much cheaper and potentially a much more unique finished product! Again, the best time to do this will be when they bring out all of the holiday decorations, which is likely some time in November. If you’re on a tight budget, or love the thrill of the hunt, this is a great option. Had I thought of it sooner, I would have done so myself!
Choosing the Right Base
The wreath base sets the tone for the rest of the project, so I recommend choosing one you really love. Personally, I look for a very full base because when there’s a bit more bulk to it, it looks more expensive and of higher quality. It might be helpful to have a theme in mind when looking. Twigs and berries, winter white, or poinsettias and pinecones would all make lovely themes.
I opted for this more traditional base with plenty of pinecones. Having a few different types of foliage gives it a great texture and keeps it from looking bland. You could always add in different leaves later if you can’t find a base like this.
Inserts: Buy (at least) Two of Everything
When it comes to picking out inserts, it’s easy to succumb to the glitter high and want everything sparkly and magical. Resist! In order to have a cohesive wreath, it’s crucial to select a few inserts and buy multiple of each. If that feels a bit too matchy-matchy for you, then at least stick to buying inserts within your chosen color palette.
Every rule has an exception though. If you want to have one unique element and make it the centerpiece, that would be great too! Although, it blends in a bit with rest of the pinecones, these glittery ones were begging to be the star of the show, so I put them front and center.
For me, this was the most time consuming part of wreath-making, but it was a lot of fun too. There are two things to consider:
To begin, start placing your inserts. At this point, just lay them on top of the base or loosely stick them in. Remember how you bought a few in each type/color? This is where it comes into play. So, if you put sliver bells on the lower left side of the wreath, consider putting the other sliver bells opposite of them at the top right. The prevents an imbalance of color and a big clump of bells that just looks all wrong!
Once everything is in its place, it’s time to blend the inserts into the wreath. If this step is neglected, it might look rather disjointed, so tuck, bend and blend away! Stop every now and then and take a step back to look at it. You’ll know if you’re on the right track and really, there is no right or wrong way!
If you have anything similar to my red, gold, and sliver berries (honestly, no idea what they are…), then I recommend wrapping individual stems around leaves as I think it gives it a lovely entwined look. You know, as if it grew that way ;)
Phew! That was a lot of talk about wreath-making! I hope you found this helpful. I certainly enjoyed putting it together.
Until next time,