Drawn to Making Wreaths
The unending nature of wreaths has captured my attention for as long as I can remember. My name is Laura and its meaning comes from the bay laurel plant used in the Greek-Roman era as a symbol of victory, honor or fame.
Laurel wreaths are traditionally made as a symbol of honor. I've never personally made a laurel wreath, but have made a variety of other wreaths for holidays and special occasions.
Making a wreath requires a few supplies, but don’t head to the store just yet. Instead start looking through drawers, closets, even the garage or basement in your own home. Toy boxes, junk drawers, and even old wreaths from years past may still have something on them worth salvaging. Sewing boxes have great odds and ends in them too. Look for beads, feathers, buttons, ribbons, flowers, toys, costume jewelry and ornaments. Items with interesting textures and unique colors and shapes can enhance a one-of-a-kind wreath.
Once you've found a variety of items sort them into piles by item, color or theme. When you start doing that it will give you a better idea what might go well together on a wreath.
Some of the types of wreaths to use include vine, straw, plastic, wooden rings, or holiday greenery. Basically anything the shape of a circle will work.
To start making your wreath just begin laying items on the wreath. At this stage only placement of all the pieces is being done. Have fun with this step and take your time. You'll want to be sure you like the layout of the items on your wreath before gluing anything down. Some items might be too heavy with just glue so attaching them with a little wire might be necessary.
To glue the individual pieces on simply go around the wreath attaching items. I suggest putting a little hot glue on the wreath itself and then placing the item back on it gently pressing it into place. You're less likely to get burned by the hot glue if you do it this way. Slowly make your way around the wreath until you’re done.
Red, White and Blue Holiday Wreath Supplies
- Vine Wreath
- Mini American Flags
- Clear or White Frosted Plastic Stars
- Silver Pine Cones
- Red and Blue Ornaments
- Silver Beaded Necklaces
- White Silk Flowers
- Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue
- Silver or Red Ribbon
- Sprigs of Greenery
- Gold Twirls
- Red Berries
Halloween Wreath Supplies
- Straw Wreath
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue
Feather Boa Wreaths
The feather boa wreath is one of the easiest ones to make. I made both of the wreaths pictured here using feather boas. I had the straw wreaths on hand and in this case purchased the boas from Micheal's craft store for $7.99 each. Three boas were used to make the 24" pink wreath and attached with paper clips.
I only needed one boa to complete the small white feather wreath. If you want to add a soft touch to a room this is a nice wreath to add to your decor.
© 2011 Laura Ross
Laura Ross (author) on November 19, 2012:
Thanks Jamie! Glad you liked the sewing box one. It's one of my favorites too because I remember asking my Grandmother about each item when I searched through her sewing box.
Jamie Brock from Texas on November 19, 2012:
Wow.. thank you for sharing all of these stunning wreaths you have made! They are all gorgeous.. I love the idea of using things personal to create a unique wreath like the Grandma's sewing box one. Such a neat idea, thank you for sharing :)
Laura Ross (author) on October 06, 2012:
Hi donnah75 thanks so much for your positive comments and Vote UP:) Much appreciated!
Laura Ross (author) on October 06, 2012:
Hi Mama Kim8 so glad this hub gave you some inspiration! I love the idea of a painter's themed wreath. The possibilities are endless, have fun creating your one of a kind wreath:)
Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on October 06, 2012:
Beautiful pictures and great ideas. Voted up.
Aloe Kim on October 06, 2012:
I just love these wreaths!! They give such great inspiration! I think I now want to make a painter's themed wreath... ^_^ Thank you for such a great hub! Voting and sharing!
Laura Ross (author) on August 13, 2011:
Glad you stopped by scearcex4 and thanks for your support.
scearcex4 from Virginia on August 13, 2011:
Laura Ross (author) on August 12, 2011:
Thanks for stopping by ThelmaC and marellen. I'm of the mindset keep it simple and have fun when it comes to making things. The sewing wreath would look good in a laundry room. You just gave me a great idea ThelmaC as to wear I should hang it up. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for marellen, glad you liked the Halloween wreaths.
marellen on August 11, 2011:
I like the Halloween wreath.....very cute ideas. Thanks for sharing these with us....
Thelma Raker Coffone from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on August 11, 2011:
I love the Grandma's Sewing Box wreath! I don't have a sewing room to hang it in but I think it would look really cute in my laundry room. Thanks for sharing! I voted UP and Useful