There is a home decor store where I live, called Total Bliss, that is one of my favorite places to shop. I shop there all year long, but at Christmas – on my, it becomes a wonderland!
I recently had the absolute pleasure of spending time there while the store was being decorated for Christmas. Let me tell you – each and every lady who works there is extremely talented and you better believe that I soaked up every tidbit and tip that I could. I took a copious amount of photos and notes so that I could share with each of you. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be giving you step-by-step directions for how to make many of the most popular types of Christmas decor that you see in the stores.
First up in the series, we’re going to learn exactly how those pros make such gorgeous wreaths. The owner of Total Bliss, Nancy, was kind enough to make several different styles of wreaths and share all of her secrets with me. And of course, I have to spill the beans!
We’ll start with basic tips that you can use no matter what size or style of wreath you make.
1. Did you know that when the size of a wreath is quoted on the tag, it is the measurement from outer-most tip to outer-most tip when the wreath is fluffed out as much as it can possibly be? In other words, that 24″ wreath actually measures 24″ across, outside tip to outside tip.
2. Size matters. Generally speaking, you should use a 28″ – 30″ wide wreath on a 36″ wide door and a 24″ wide wreath on a 30″ wide door. Two swags work best on a set of double doors, but I’ll admit that I love the look of two matching wreaths.
3. When selecting a wreath, you should first decide what you’re going to do with it. Going to add lots of decorations? Then go for a less expensive wreath that you don’t mind covering up. It’s sort of a waste of money to spend a fortune on a wreath only to cover it with decorations.
If you love the look of an expensive wreath, such as the really full ones with mixed greenery, then the only adornment that it needs is a beautiful bow. Let that gorgeous, expensive wreath shine.
4. One nice thing about using a faux wreath is that it does a lot of the decorating work for you. Those bendable branches are perfect for wrapping around branches and picks. Use cable ties, instead of floral wire, to attach things to the wreath that can’t be held with one of the bendable branches. They’re easier to work with and are more secure. If you must use an adhesive, then hot glue is the best.
These general tips apply to decorating all types of wreaths. Continue on to Part II, HERE, for the step-by-step directions to completely decorate a wreath, such as the one pictured below.
You’ll be able to put today’s tips and Wednesday’s directions to use to make any style wreath!
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