I like a little traditional mixed with modern for Christmas – I don’t have a white tree with black ornaments for example, but I also don’t have a house decked out in red and green plaid, either. I’m somewhere in the happy middle, and I like my Christmas wreath to reflect that.
So I was super excited when I received a package in the mail from FloraCraft, filled with styrofoam blocks and decomesh – ironically in the exact colors and shades that I use to decorate for Christmas – red, white, and bright green. I knew I wanted to make a wreath with the DecoMesh, but the challenge was incorporating the blocks. I thought about it for a while, but then inspiration hit, and I created this Christmas wreath using DecoMesh, evergreen garland, and the blocks as a decoration.
To make your own Christmas wreath like this, you will need:
–Design It: Simple Style® Decorative Mesh in 6″ width
-embroidery hoop (I used a 12″)
-garland (length will be about double the width of your hoop)
–Make It: Fun® Foam cube (a 3″ block is shown, but I ended up using a 4.5″ block)
To start, wrap your garland around the edge of your hoop, wrapping a branch or two around the hoop every few inches to hold it in place.
Next, bunch one end of your DecoMesh together (1), and wrap a branch of the garland around it to hold it in place (2). Then, stretch it out about 4″, then push it back to about 3″, to create a pouf. Wrap another branch around this spot to hold it in place (3), and repeat until you have gone all the way around your hoop.
That’s it for the outside of the wreath – pretty easy, right?
For the gift decoration, I took a styrofoam block and cut it into 1.5″ slices. So the image below already has one slice (4.5 x 4.5 x 1.5) taken off, and now I am slicing the remaining 3 x 3 x 1.5 piece in half. I only used one slice for this wreath, but saved the others in case I make more.
Next, I wrapped the slice in wrapping paper – I used this pretty musical note kraft paper that I fell in love with. I don’t have a picture of this, because I needed all of my hands to keep the paper smooth, but I’m sure you know how to wrap a present – it’s the same thing. However, tape doesn’t stick too well to the styrofoam so I used dress pins to hold it in place instead, since they aren’t seen anyway. If you are placing your wreath where it will be exposed to the elements, a coat of outdoor decoupage would be a good idea as well. Then, I used some adhesive glitter ribbon to create the bow, and held it in place with a dress pin. This pin ended up showing, so I used a white one to make it look like it belonged. Lastly, I added a chipboard D for our last name.
I twisted string around the dress pins on the back and then tied it to a spot on the wreath where the string wouldn’t be seen. In all honesty, it stayed up there very well without being tied on, but I just imagined my husbands huge hockey bag whacking it, as it does all of my other wreaths. Better safe then sorry, I figured.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to put the rest of this gorgeous DecoMesh and these cute blocks to good use! Have a great Christmas everyone!
*I was provided with the product for this post, as well as compensation, but the ideas and opinions are my own*