As December ended and we all began to put away our Christmas decor, I can’t be the only one who felt as though my front porch and door felt bare and lifeless. In this post I walk you through an easy way to make a diy farmhouse winter wreath with clearance greenery from the craft store.
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When Christmas gets put away
For me, packing away the Christmas decor feels so refreshing. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas just as much as the next person, but after we are done celebrating with our families, I am ready to have my house back in order. I am ready for my spaces to return to normal and life to resume it’s normal pace.
This year as I was taking down the Christmas wreaths and garlands on our front porch and sweeping and cleaning the last remains of Christmas, it struck me just how bare everything looked. And not bare in a good, minimal way, but bare as in, “does anyone even live in that house?” Ha!
Then I was inspired to make a wreath using winter greenery that is distinctly not Christmas-y.
Craft Store Clearance
Of course, I did what any good DIY-loving-gal does; I went to my favorite craft store to pick up some materials. I already had a grapevine wreath on hand so all I needed was some greenery and ribbon for a bow.
Much to my delight, the winter greenery was 80% off, some even 90%! Score! I snagged a few options, one with some “snow” on it, another with a more cedar-look and pine cones and then a lighter option that looks like dusty miller to me.
For the ribbon, I chose a nice black and white stripe. Again, I didn’t want anything that would make people think I forgot to take down my Christmas wreath 😉
I am no professional when it comes to bow-making for wreaths, but I wanted something really simple and minimal and everything at the craft store was over the top. By using this simple layering technique that I show you in my video, you can get a nice minimal look and it’s super easy!
Supplies To Make A DIY Winter Wreath
- A few picks of greenery
- Grapevine wreath
- Floral wire
- Hot glue gun
- Wire cutters
How To Make DIY Farmhouse Winter Wreath
Start by gathering all your supplies. Choose which part of the wreath you want to be the top and which part you want to be the bottom. From there, start cutting up your greenery into some smaller pieces and leave some of them larger too.
Then start sticking in pieces of greenery. I like to start with a large piece on each side and then begin tucking in the smaller pieces. You can use a dab of hot glue on the greenery, or you can just stick it in the vines of the wreath. I have done both and none of my wreaths have fallen apart.
Once I feel like everything looks nice and symmetrical, I add a few finishing pieces and use my floral wire to secure everything, especially the larger pieces. If something isn’t laying right, just use the floral wire to wrap it and make it sit just the way you want it – it’s so easy and very forgiving!
After you have your greenery just right, fire up your glue gun and let’s get started making that super cute bow. It may be easier to watch my video up there to see the process of making the bow, but I’ll also explain here. I just began by layering the ribbon back and forth, each layer getting shorter so you can see the layer behind it. Once I did that 5-6 times and was happy with the look, I cute the ribbon in the center, pinched the middle of the ribbon and used the floral wire to hold everything together. Then, take a scrap piece of ribbon and fold it in half to make the tails. Take the center of the ribbon and pinch it just like we did the bow and untie the green floral wire a little bit and sneak that piece behind the bow and replace the floral wire. Cut notches at ends of the tails.
Then, to hide the green wire take another small piece of ribbon, fold it into thirds and glue it. Then wrap that piece around the center of the bow to hide the ribbon and voila!
Then attach the bow with floral wire to the center of your wreath.
Thanks for hanging out and making a wreath with me today! I hope you are inspired to make one of these for yourself this winter!
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