DIY WINTER WREATH

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Happy New Year! I can’t believe that 2015 is already over and that 2016 is already upon us! I have totally been slacking in posting because so many wonderful things have been going on.  

I thought today I would share a quick and easy DIY project to start the new year. I mean really January is kind of a depressing thought. All of the Christmas decorations come down and you realize how bare your house is. If you are like me, Christmas is the only holiday you even have decorations for and so your house lacks in cuteness 11 months of the year. 

So to keep your house full of cuteness and to especially make that front door inviting I’m sharing this easy wreath to brighten your front door. 

This wreath is inspired by one of my friends. They had a square twig wreath that hung on their front door with a large bow framing the wooden letter of the last name. I loved the twig wreath so much that I had to put my own twist on it. Plus I have not found a wreath that I liked more, so when you can’t find what you like, make it, right?  

Time:  1-2 hours total

MATERIALS:

  • 16-20 sticks broke into 15-18″ long pieces
  • grey or white spray paint (its optional)
  • bakers twine
  • ribbon and command hook for hanging
  • letter, number or other decorative piece
  • pine cones and pine branches

DIRECTIONS:

  • Step 1

Gather 16-20 sticks of varying thickness. I used 1/4″-3/4″ thick and did 4-5 sticks per side. I just gathered them at my local park and broke them into sizes that worked for me. Try and make them consistent in length, this makes it a lot easier to tie them together. I chose between 15-18″.  Break of any side branches down leaving the sticks long and lean for the most part.    

Gather your other materials as well. I found the pine cones and pine branches just outside my house from a tree limb that broke.   

  • Step 2

This step is optional. I chose to LIGHTLY spray paint my branches to give them a unified weathered effect. I just used some grey paint that I had left from another project.  You can see that the upper stick is more grey and old looking compared to the lower stick which is still brown.  

Line all of your sticks and pine cones up on a piece of news paper. Holding your spray paint 12-18″ away lightly dust the wood with paint. You aren’t looking to totally cover the sticks grey, just make them look old and weathered. 

I also lightly painted the pine cones to look old as well before I hooked them on. I love how they turned out.

 

  • Step 3

After your sticks have dried layer your sticks on top of each other to create a frame. You may have to play with it for a minute to get it to lay how you want. I tried laying the top and bottom, then left and right, then top and bottom, etc. That way it did sort of an every other. Loosely tie or hook your corners together to hold everything in place while you do the real lashing.  

Beginning from the back of your wreath tie the bakers twine around the corner. Wrap the twine around to the front. Once you’ve reached the back alternate to come from the other direction.  It doesn’t matter what the back of your wreath looks like, just make a nice pattern on the front. My pattern was somewhat like this:

Top left to bottom right, top right to bottom left, top left to bottom right, top right to bottom left.

Pull it tight as you alternate directions and tie twine from the back.  Repeat for each corner.  

Secure pine cones and pine branches into the lower right corner of finished wreath.  You can use string, twist-ties, or anything else to secure them in place.  

Add any garnishing letters or numbers as well. I got this cute little ‘M’ in the dollar bin at Michaels. 

I love how this wreath turned out. I also love that from our front door it you can see a piece of us and what we are like. We aren’t frilly over the top people and I think this wreath shows that.

Let me know how your wreath turns out!  

Enjoy,

Larisa

Larisa

Here’s a little about me: I usually don’t buy things that I could make. I like to read and learn. I have dreams of being a mom, living in foreign countries, and trying new things. I take a ton of pictures. I collect rocks from the places I’ve been. I’m trying to learn French. I like to eat. I’m a Mormon.

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