The final step of making your own wreath is adding any decorations you want. whether it's whole dried limes, ribbon, or pinecones.
Getting the spacing and placement of your extras is probably the hardest part of making a wreath. So if you aren't feeling creative and don't want to end your wreath making experience by frisbeeing it down the street, skip the embellishments, other than a bow.
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Making a Wreath - Final Tips
A bow is hard to get wrong. The easiest place to put it is at the bottom of the wreath. But you do need to know how to make a bow.
Making a bow
You can either buy a pre-made bow or if you have some satiny or velvet ribbon you can form you own by following the steps laid out in this bow making tutorial of mine.
The dried limes just need to have wire attached to them so you can put them wherever you want.
By now your limes are probably hard as a rock (and will last a lifetime) and ready to be wired. You'll need a wood skewer or a thin screwdriver to create a hole for the wire to go through. Like this:
Instead of stringing cranberries on a thread, use floral wire.
Any thin wire will work. Just poke through each berry until you have the length you want.
THEN, because they're on a wire you can form them into whatever shape on the wreath you want.
- Leave enough end wire on your cranberries that you can tie them to the wreath where you want them.
- If you're having trouble deciding if your wreath looks good and the elements are properly balanced look at it through your phone camera. Framing it that way will make mistakes much easier to see.
- If you're afraid someone is going to steal your wreath wire it to your door/gate/whatever. And then add some bells to it. ;)
A few of you are already done and I'm genuinely impressed!
If you made a wreath and want to show it off there's still time, just send me a photo and I'll get it up on the site before the holidays are over. :)
Hope you had fun. Life in general is easier if instead of tackling it all at once you just relax and get through it step-by-step.