Most of the wreaths I make for myself tend to have lots of "stuff" on them. Of course you can do that when you are matching your own decor. In this case, I was sending a wreath to someone and I had no idea what color scheme she used in her home. I had never shipped a wreath and I had no idea what shape it would be in when it arrived, so I took the "less is more" approach, thinking that anything I added might fall off or get broken as it bumped across the states.
I started with a simple wreath and sprayed it with a dusting of "snow". It is important to fluff all the branches when you buy a plain wreath, they tend to be flattened when you buy them.
For me, the secret is in the ribbon. I used 2 wired ribbons for this wreath. One is silver and gold, the other a simple silver. I put one ribbon on top of the other and made a large bow. You can learn step by step how to make a florist style bow here. I think many times you see people take a wreath and stick one bow at the bottom. I like my bows to be off center, slightly to the side. I also like to add more than one bow...I find it more interesting that way.
After getting the bow in place, I like to add some "pretties". For this wreath, I kept it simple. A few pinecones, some sparkly leaves and berries.
For the top of the wreath, another smaller bow and the streamers. The streamers are what I think give a wreath that professional look. Rather than just let the tails of the ribbon hang down, I like to weave them through the wreath. I add a drop of glue with the glue gun to hold each loop in place. I also cut my ribbon ends at a diagonal, some people like to notch the ribbon ends. Just a matter of taste I guess.
I think it always improves the look of a wreath to have what I call "sticky-outy things" somewhere on the wreath. That is my own professional term. Tells you a lot about how professional I'm NOT. For this wreath, a few gold twigs wired together into 2 bunches are inserted from both sides of the larger bow.
A closer look at the twigs coming out of the bow.
The finished piece. I like to hang them with the bows
off center, once again a personal choice.
This is one that is more ornate.
I made it a couple of years ago for inside the house.
This year I pulled it back out and hung it on the front door.
As you can see, it is almost completely covered with "stuff".
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