I can’t help but smile whenever I see this absoluely stunning wreath when I see it hanging on the door, just above the peephole leading into the apartment. Growing up, my family celebrated Christmas and the winter holidays with lights, pine trees both real and artificial, ornaments, garland, and various other red-white-green-gold decorations strewed about the house. It’s been a lot harder to duplicate that feeling living in New York—some combination of lack of apartment space, lack of time (oh, how I miss those winter school breaks!), lack of effort.
But I finally decided enough was enough! After a couple years of a barren apartment holiday scene, I was feeling ready again to break out the arts and crafts and add back a bit of that missing festive vibe. This is why wreaths are so great! They take up little—virtually no—room since they happily hang over a door that would otherwise not hold anything anyway. They’re quick and easy to make, with pre-fabricated materials readily available online or in local crafts stores. And they’re a thrifty way of adding some flair to the season; I got all the required materials for this wreath for less than $10! (Granted, serendipitously catching a major 70% off deal during my random trip to Michael’s certainly helped!)
I had a vision for my ideal wreath… something warm and Autumn-like (so that the wreath would be perfect not just for the winter, but also for fall!), something other than the traditional bushy pine-y wreaths, something both rustic and classic. The grapvine wreath was my answer! With a bit of burlap ribbon and a few decorative stems and picks in assorted metallic copper and gold, this wreath was ready to go!
Assembly was just as easy if not easier than finding all of the materials. I took the collection of decorative stems and picks I collected and separated them into a collection of 1/3 and 2/3. I used the burlap ribbon as a dividing between the two groups, with the smaller collection at the top, and the larger collection saved for the bottom half. By bending the stem of each pick, I was able to easily thread them through the innards of the wreath with little effort and no glue required! Gathering a heaping pile of burlap ribbon for a bow was the final step, secured by a bit of needle and thread (or in my case, staples since I couldn’t find my sewing kit…). Voila! A beautiful wreath to adorn any front door :)
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