Thursday, 7 December 2017

DIY Christmas | Wire Star Wreath

Make your own door/mantle/wall wreath! This everlasting star wreath will make a stylish addition to your home or dress up your front door and can be adapted to suit your colour scheme!

Last year, I made an Ivy wreath with trimmings from the garden, but for 2017, I've made an everlasting wreath to bring out each year.


Wire Star FrameEucalyptusHot Glue Gun | Floral Wire | Wire Cutters
From Poundland: Gypsophila | White Berries | Frosted Pines


There are two approaches to this - minimal, making the wire star a feature [Hobbycraft have some great examples of this on their blog] or to use the star as a frame for a more full, traditional wreath.

I decided to cover the frame completely, using the same simple materials as the mantle wreath/tablescapes: gypsophila, eucalyptus, berries and pinecones.
Start with your base colour and texture.  For me, this is always gypsophila as it has good coverage, a little goes a long way and it adds a little detail with its small flowers.  I spread evenly adding one sprig to each side, the spring facing towards each point of the star, securing in place with floral wire at the base[trimmed to size to use only what was required]:
Although I like symmetry, as with the mantle garlands, I didn't pay too much attention to the sides being completely equal in length or fullness.
I then added the eucalyptus - the main feature of the wreath.  Following the same direction as the gypsophila, I trimmed the base of each sprig close to the first set of leaves and staying close to the lines of the wire star to keep the shape:
Two sprigs were used on each side for consistency, but I also trimmed smaller sections to close gaps, add more shape and help make the wreath appear more 'full':
The white berries and frosted mini pinecones details were then added.  I decided to add these in a fairly random manner throughout the wreath, but did concentrate on areas that needed colour breaking up, wire covering up and fullness or detail adding to the shape.  Starting with the berries:
Then adding the pinecones:

I used hot glue to secure them in place and layer the wreath.

Once I added all my details, I finished the wreath with leaves from the eucalyptus, removed from the stem and glued these in place where extra fullness was needed and also to the back of the wreath to add more shape and a little protection at the back.

There are so many ways that you can decorate a simple wire frame to suit your décor, colour scheme and style - and can be easily updated or changed each year.


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