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Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Wreath for Any Occasion.

Updated: Apr 28

From Pages 126-127 of Our Story Magazine • Spring 2022 • Issue No.2


By Faith Collins

[PHOTO: By Faith Collins. Page 126 of Our Story Magazine, Spring 2022.]
[PHOTO: By Faith Collins. Page 126 of Our Story Magazine, Spring 2022.]

Making a stunning wreath is easier than you think! Just gather the right supplies, seasonal embellishments, and a dose of fun and creativity!


Over the past few years, I’ve been making wreaths for all occasions. I love updating and changing the wreath on my front door to go with the different seasons.



Wreathing-making isn’t difficult. It just takes time, patience, and practice.


[PHOTO: Page 126 of Our Story Magazine, Spring 2022.]
[PHOTO: Page 126 of Our Story Magazine, Spring 2022.]


MATERIALS


1. Scissors and wire cutters


2. Hot glue gun and glue sticks


3. Florist wire or brown pipe cleaner


4. Grapevine wreath (18 inch to 24 inch—depending on how large you’d like your wreath to be)


5. Floral materials (or whatever you’d like to embellish your wreath with)


6. Ribbon or a premade bow (if desired)

TIP: Keep wreath-making supplies in a container, which makes them convenient to access at any time.

[PHOTO: By Faith Collins. Several supplies or wreath making. Page 126 of Our Story Magazine, Spring 2022.]
[PHOTO: By Faith Collins. Several supplies for wreath making. Page 126 of Our Story Magazine, Spring 2022.]

DIRECTIONS


For this article, I opted for garland since it is fuller and easier to work with. However, I use natural-looking floral stems quite often. If you choose to add stems, the best way to attach stems is to just stick them right through the grapevine and secure them with wire or glue where needed.


Another important thing to remember when making your wreath is the colour of your door. Choose colours that pop and provide contrast. Also remember to use floral stems and garland that look as natural as possible.


An important aspect of wreath-making is giving your wreath depth. Start with the garland. Before you cut or glue the garland, place it around the perimeter of the wreath to choose the best positioning. Then affix it to the grapevine using the florist wire. Just stick the wire up through the grapevine and twist.


Then attach your focal point–a large flower, bow, etc. Use your hot glue gun to secure these additions. Then use your other materials to fill in your wreath. Try a couple of different ways to place them. Try not to overdo it or leave your wreath looking sparse. Start from the focal point and work out. You can simply attach these other embellishments with florist wire or use the hot glue gun. A benefit of choosing wire is that you can easily change up your wreath for different occasions. However, if you live somewhere where the elements can get harsh (as I do!), attaching them with both the wire and glue is a better option.


[PHOTO: By Faith Collins. This wreath is a lovely example of a wreath you could display from Spring into the Fall. It would also be nice without a letter or with an extra-large letter embellishment. From page 126 of Our Story Magazine, Spring 2022.]
[PHOTO: By Faith Collins. This wreath is a lovely example of a wreath you could display from Spring into the Fall. It would also be nice without a letter or with an extra-large letter embellishment. From page 126 of Our Story Magazine, Spring 2022.]

Making your own wreath is a welcoming touch on your front door and allows you to showcase your personal taste (and talent!). So go ahead and make that wreath. Yes, it takes time and patience, but you’ll be happy that you did!


Below are examples of seasonal options for your wreath.

[PHOTOS: All photos by Faith Collins and used by permission.]


For more of Faith’s wreath ideas, go to @wreaths.by.faith on Instagram. Also check out Faith's photography at @faith.collins.photos.


Now it's your turn!


What other ideas do you have? Let us know in the comments!


Be sure and take photos of yourself having a delightful time making your own wreath. Share them on Instagram and tag us @OurStory.Magazine!


Faith Collins lives in Newfoundland, Canada, with her supportive husband, two incredible daughters, and sweet dog. She has a Bachelor of Education as well as a Business Administration diploma. Faith has taught passionately for over 15 years, and she is also pursuing her long-time interest in photography. Faith is an advocate for Mental Health and Addictions and readily shares her stories and experiences. Faith embraces life fully and in addition to photography, she loves travelling, learning, hiking, exploring, crafting, writing, and anything in nature.


Faith is the primary photographer for Our Story Magazine with 1/3 of all photos contributed by Faith and is a part of our Creative Team as she contributes fun and easy DIY projects. Find Faith on Instagram: @faith.collins.photos and @wreaths.by.faith.


 

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