Today I bring you a simple and beautiful homemade Christmas wreath and the news that Festive Friday is back! This is the third year that I have indulged myself with a weekly blog post about all things Christmas and it will run every Friday from now until 18th December – this makes me VERY HAPPY INDEED!
This week we have been busy crafting away, the teens are already moaning about the glitter situation and DG already has a massive pile of creations. One of her projects really inspired me and I hope that we inspire you! If you collected and pressed leaves on an autumn walk as I suggested, this is the project I was planning!
DG rummaged about in our craft boxes and came up with this mini wreath
I have some copper wire wreath bases knocking around and a lot of pressed autumn leaves so this seemed like a good opportunity to use some of them. I wanted something simple, beautiful, thrifty and earthy but looking opulent and celebratory.
How to Make a Homemade Christmas Wreath
I laid the leaves out on the wire wreath to get the positions right, then removed them but made sure they stayed in the right order and orientation.
I glued each leaf onto the wire with PVA and weighed them down with coins so that they kept contact while they were drying. Once they were dry I turned the wreath over and popped a glue blob onto the wire and each leaf just to make them extra secure. Tie a ribbon on the top and Hey Presto!
This wreath looks perfect hanging in a sunny window rather than on a door so that you can really appreciate the wonder of nature’s colours. I like it so much that I couldn’t choose between these two photos so I’m popping the other one here too, just because I can!
The leaves I used come from the Hungarian oaks which grace the space outside the library in our town and which are large and dramatic. We have also made beech leaf wreaths and I want to have a go at Japanese Maples as soon as possible!
Other possibilities for using those foraged forest floor finds (I do love a bit of gratuitous alliteration!) include wrapping the wire ring with wired ribbon
and adding pine cones and shiny conkers
The hot glue gun works best here, PVA isn’t quite up to the job! Obviously you can pack them closer together than this or stick them into Styrofoam wreath bases or dried flower oasis but I like a bit of glitter and the gold sparkly ribbon shining through makes me smile!
You could also try: feathers, shells, berries and seed heads from garden and hedgerow, teasels and grasses and of course ivy, holly and other lovely winter evergreens! I am plotting how to work this into a wreath!
How Can You Join In with Festive Friday?
I do hope you’ll join me for the Festive Friday ride!
Come along every Friday from next week and Link Up any post you have written with Christmas in mind.
It might be an old post you want to blow the glittery dust off, it might be a sparkly new one.
It might be food, craft, a time-saving tip, your family traditions, a photo or it may even be a Scrooge-y Grumble. If it’s Christmas related…pop it on!
Link back here in your post so that your readers can have a wander around everyone else’s posts and have a look around yourself, leaving a comment here and there and spreading a little bit of festive joy!
I am also running a collaborative Festive Friday Pinterest Board and will be pinning all those who join in on a Friday (with a full credit and link of course!). If you would like an invite to join the board just ask!
When Will It Start?
The linky goes live next Friday 16th November at 9am, I look forward to seeing you then!