I used to be a purist. Maybe even a bit of a snob. I looked down on people who used fake decorations. I know shame on me. But in my defense I was young and foolish and didn’t know any better. Now I am older, hopefully a bit wiser and definitely a lot busier.
I wanted a new wreath for my front door. A big statement kind of wreath. I had about an hour left before daytime would run out and I would not be able to photograph said wreath for this blog post. So I went for fake. And then I dressed the fake up to look, feel and smell real. See here the story about my easy and fast luscious Christmas wreath.
Making this wreath took me about 45 minutes. I had 15 minutes of light left to photograph it. And she photographs well.
So how did I pull this off? Let me show you the steps to take to make this fast and easy luscious wreath.
Step 1 to 4:
1. Find a fake wreath. Any wreath will do: big, small, beautiful or ugly. This is only the base, doesn’t matter how it looks. If you don’t have one lying around, now you know what to look out for in the after-Christmas sales. Anyway, my wreath was a thrift store find that I had bought and subsequently ignored (remember I don’t do faux…. or so I thought).
2. Grab some fresh greens. I clipped in my friends garden and had bought one stalk at the greenery. I had ordinary Thuja (a cedar), long leaf pine and some spruce (I hope those English names are correct, otherwise study the images 🙂 ).
3. Snip that whole pile into small bits. I found it went faster if I worked from the back of the branch instead of the front. Much easier to find the individual small branches on the bigger branches.
4. Start putting one of the greens into your fake wreath. I started with the Thuja. It has a bit of a spread and hooked itself tightly into the base. Follow one direction all around the wreath. At the end stick some in from the back too.
5. Work your second green in. I used the spruce next. Image five is with two real greens in. Spread it out nicely, again ending with adding some in from the back.
6. Add your third and last evergreen. The long pine needles where my last. With all the other greens already in there the smooth needles has something to grab and didn’t slide right back out again. Image 6 shows my wreath all filled up, except she is hardly looking like a wreath anymore. Don’t despair. Move on to step 7.
7. Grab some twine or florists wire if you have it. Start wrapping it tightly around the wreath. Revealing the round form again. Use the end of the wire to form a hoop to hang the wreath.
8. Leave her as is, or dress her up. Check the wire while you at it and hide it by wiggling some small branches loose, or adding some back in. If necessary give your wreath a little trim.
I honestly went and got some silver and some red ornaments. I was definitely going to use some color on this one. But I just didn’t feel it. Every which way I tried those ornaments on, I didn’t like it. In the end I grabbed some of my small pine cones. Those felt right instantly.
Simple, natural and rustic it was….
With all that fresh green in it, you can’t even see the fake base. I think this wreath is like a mature and beautiful woman of a certain age. She has so much personality that you don’t even see the help she is getting from her Spandex and her support thighs.
I was hurrying to get this one finished. The stress of 12 Days of Christmas decorating was getting to me. In the end making this wreath was exactly what I needed. Working with those greens calmed me, smelling and feeling the real branches centered me, and seeing my new wreath on my door made my decorated home feel whole.
In the end this was the fastest project I did and it restored my faith that I am going to make it to the finish line….
Make a fast and easy luscious Christmas wreath that looks, feels and smells real, and you don’t even have to tell anyone about the spandex underneath.
I am sure there was no Spandex involved but you never know…… we will have to go see what was involved in the projects of the other 12 day-ers.
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All my 12 Days of Christmas Decorating Posts so far.