YOU CAN DIY!!! MAKE A WREATH October 23, 2015 11:08

Make your own wreath.  It's not as hard as it sounds.  You really can make your own wreath for any occasion.  There are a few simple steps to follow and you're done.  This wreath can be as simple, cheap, complex, or expensive as you want.

The first step is to choose your theme and select your materials.  Stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Jo-Ann's and others are just a few of your shopping options.  There are other sources on line for your shopping needs.  You will need a wreath base, garlands, ribbon, and fine wire for fastening your materials.  

A grapevine wreath is my first choice as a base.  These come in many sizes from small to very large.  There are other bases available such as a Styrofoam ones, wire/metal ones, etc.  Choose the one that fits your needs.  You will need to purchase at least one garland of your choice.  If you are doing a large wreath (over 24 inches), a second garland may be necessary.  Any left over pieces of garland can be added to your wreath.  Choose the color ribbon you want for your wreath.  I prefer a wired ribbon.  This type is easier to shape and fluff.  I use a fine gauge wire to anchor the garland to the wreath.

The process of attaching the garland to the wreath is simple.  First cut two to three inch pieces of wire.  It's easier to pre-cut your wire than hold the garland and cut the wire..  Pick a starting place on your wreath.  There is no right or wrong place to start.  Attach the end of the garland to the base with a piece of wire.  Continue attaching the garland to the base at about six to eight inch gaps.  This will make the garland lay on the base.  When you reach your starting point, make sure you make the ends blend together.

You can make the bow for your wreath or buy one.  The shape and size is something you will have to decide for yourself.  Attach the bow with a piece of wire to your base.  And you are done!!  You made your own decor piece. Sit back and admire your handiwork.