Crafts

Homemade Christmas Wreath

A couple of days ago it dawned on me how easy it would be to make my own Christmas Door Wreath. We normally buy a wreath from our local farm shop, but we just haven’t had the time this year to visit the shop to buy our wreath. A friend was over and we just finished eating a tub of chocolates (we didn’t eat the whole tub in one sitting… I promise!) I normally keep tubs for future use, and while I hate throwing away perfectly good stuff, I am trying hard to declutter our home and only keeping what is necessary. I looked at the tub and wondered how I could repurpose the tub for Christmas.

It dawned on me! The lid is a perfect circle and would make an excellent base for a Christmas Wreath. Instead of buying one, I thought it could be fun to have a go at making my own. In all honesty, I didn’t have high hopes… it was bound to look crap! Boy, was I wrong.

I cut around the lid, keeping just the outer ring. This was a little tricky as I had to use a knife to cut the ring away. This plastic was sharp, so if you planning on making this wreath with kids, I’d certainly recommend this job is done by yourself.

I was considering crocheting some decorations for the wreath but I am so behind with my crocheted Christmas Gifts, I figured that adding more to my must-make list was a stupid idea. Instead, I popped out into the garden to see what winter floral delights I could find to put on my wreath. I clipped some thin conifer branches, lengths of common ivy and (randomly) some old sprigs of buddleia. Buddleia isn’t commonly found on Christmas Wreaths but I thought I would see if the inclusion would work, as there was actually something quite pretty about the cutting.

Once back in the house, I heated up our hot glue gun. I really wanted to avoid using hot glue, but after trying to tie the ivy on and push the conifer in I realised that it wasn’t working and I had no wire to hand. So, I had to use the glue gun. I only had to use a small amount of glue to hold a few bigger cutting in place, and then it was easy enough to wrap the ivy around and poke the other cuttings into gaps to bulk up the wreath.

I had lots of pine cones just hanging around and some dehydrated orange slices (I had dehydrated these a few weeks back for a craft and the smell amazing) which I added as a nice extra addition to the wreath. Instead of using a new piece of ribbon, I created the hanging loop from a cutting of the Ivy that I didn’t use. Secured in place by an elastic band that the postman had dropped earlier this week.

I am actually really pleased with my home-made Christmas Wreath, It’s not perfect and I will certainly do a lot of different things next year. But it’s certainly brightened up our front door in a wonderfully festive way. I’m actually kind of proud of myself!

 

 

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Scavengers! We just created this beautiful Christmas Door Wreath from an old sweetie tub, clippings from the garden and some dehydrated oranges. It literally took half an hour to make! We used a little hot glue to stick the base layer down and the oranges and pine cones on. We wove the ivy and smaller evergreen branches around the base layer. We then used ivy (attached with an elastic band dropped by the postie) as the hanging loop. It cost nothing, was great fun to make and is totally unique. I feel a bit bad about using hot glue, but I don’t think my home made glue (flour and milk) would have held it! #scavenger #free #handmadechristmas #wreath #wastefree #reuse #repurpose #christmas18 #family #pblogger #gardenblogger #frugalliving

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Looking back (and a little more in depth at my garden) When I make next year’s wreath, I shall take clippings of rosemary, olive and holly. I also have a friend with mistletoe growing around a tree in their garden, so I shall ask them for a cutting too. If I don’t have a plastic lid to repurpose I will use twisted willow or birch branches to make the base.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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