All my friends know one of the qualities they love most about me is how thoughtful I am. Especially when it comes to gifts, it’s the only way I get to show them how much I care about them, so I try to make them very personalized.

This year for Christmas, I decided to make wreaths for everyone. First I love crafting, but also I always want to make people something they can use.

The theme colors this year is red and gold, which is dedicated to Debbie.

I love-making wreaths because not only do you get to be creative, no one else will ever get the same thing. Homemade items are unique, they are special, and it’s not manufactured. Depending on how elaborate you make the wreath, your final cost will be anywhere from $20-$30.

I do have to warn you, it does take some organization and even with that several trips to the store because you ran out of something. I’m telling you, crafting is an art, but it’s worth the time, effort, and in this case some blood, sweat, and tears that went into it because Jason told me it was the NICEST gift anyone has ever gotten him.

Supplies:

  • Wreath
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Decor

Instructions:

  1. Clear an area-Crafting is a hot mess. It takes a lot of room and a lot of clean up after and let’s not talk if there is glitter involved.
  2. Cut all the decoration- This is probably the most difficult part because you are cutting through wire. The trick is to buy a wire cutter and don’t hurt your fingers by trying to cut it all the way through. Just cut enough to bend the stem back and forth. Eventually it will break off!
  3. Assembly Line- It is easiest to make piles of everything that you have. Then lay out all the wreaths so that you can just place the décor.
  4. It’s all about the branches- Most wreaths come with all the branches tightly tucked. Spend some time and spread them out so it makes the wreath look full.
  5. Don’t glue yet- Lesson learned in life…don’t glue anything until you are ready. Place all the decoration how you want it before you glue.
  6. Beware of Sharp Objects- When you glue the decorations on, you have to make sure to wrap the branches so that no one will get poked by the wire.
  7. Hot, hot, hot- No matter how many wreaths I make, it is inevitable that your hand gets burned by hot glue, not once, but multiple times!!

But in the end, this is what you get.

 

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