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Create a Seasonal Wreath

Aug 17, 2007
Decorative wreaths play a creative role in the decoration of homes and offices throughout the world. They can announce the start of a new season, offer condolences, or celebrate a special event, all depending on the message that one wants to convey. Wreaths can cheer up a door, window, wall, or porch. They can be made of just about any kind of materials, so anyone can have fun browsing for attractive craft items at good prices to enjoy their hobby.

If you like the looks of a wreath but you're not sure how to get started in making one, here are a few tips that may help.

1. Take a wreath-making class. Check with a local fabric store or craft shop to find out if specialty classes of this type are being offered. If not, suggest that one become available at the advent of a festive season, like Christmas, for example. Encourage neighbors and friends to express interest or sign up and encourage the store to offer the class. Otherwise, find a helpful book at the library or bookstore.

2. Experiment with materials. You may want to start with a stock artificial pine wreath and decorate it any way you wish to see how it turns out. From there, you can try a twig or fabric wreath for a different look. You may even be able to come up with your own version of a wreath style that will look great in your family room or on the garage door.

3. Try a variety of decorating materials. You can buy cute little elves, holiday ornaments, sequins, yarn, buttons, glittery cloth, and a host of other items to make your wreath sparkle. You might even decide to make three or more, and hang them in coordinating positions throughout your home. You could mix and match the decorations to keep them thematically related, but with each one a little bit different than the others.

4. Don't forget your pets. Make a dog bone wreath for Fido, a catnip wreath for Boots, and even a birdseed wreath for the winter birds that will be seeking food during the long, cold season. Hanging a decorative wreath on your lawn's evergreen trees will add a festive seasonal touch.

5. Host a wreath-making party. Invite a few friends over for snacks and a wreath-making session. Set out a bevy of supplies, with each person adding to the stockpile. Then have fun putting together an assortment of designs from the collection of decorations. This is a great idea for young children's birthday parties, especially involving girls, as long as the session is kept short.

You can make wreaths for your home or design others as house-warming gifts. You can even attach a small box of brand name chocolate or a package of nuts to go with it. Wreaths add a lovely accent to any personal space. If the first one doesn't turn out, keep trying. You're sure to make one that everyone can enjoy very soon!
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