This post originally appeared on Create.Craft.Love. on November 12, 2014.
Though you’d never guess it by the looks of my craft room, I love minimalism. I’d like to think that’s one of the many reasons why winter is my favorite season. There’s something so crisp and refreshing about a landscape coated in white glimmering snow. I tried to incorporate that same sensation in this Winter Wonderland Wreath!
- wreath form
- sparkling Christmas drape
- low temp hot glue gun and sticks
- variety of bottle brush trees
- school glue
- frosty snow
To begin you’ll need to cover the wreath form with the Christmas drape. Simply unfold and lay out the drape on a flat surface, position your wreath form, and then cut around it leaving a five inch allowance. Do the same when cutting out the inner circle but instead of five inches you should only need three or four.
Pull the inner and outer edges of the drape towards the backside of the wreath until they meet, see photo above. Since the drape looks, feels, and acts much like quilt batting it will actually stick to the wreath form, but you’ll still want to use low temp hot glue to secure it. When you’re done it should be smooth with no ripples or pleats, like the photo below.
Now for the fun part, positioning your forest of evergreens. After much debate, and a little help from my son, I finally settled on a layout and began using the same low temp hot glue to hold everything in place.
When you’re playing around remember that even if your trees have bases they can easily be removed or bent so that the trees can be placed not just on the inside curve of the wreath but also on the front of it, or along the sides.
To give my wreath a bit of shimmer I added a layer of frosty snow to the top of it using regular school glue. Looking at the picture below you can probably tell that the drape quickly absorbed the glue. I was still able to attach the snow to it but just to be on the safe side I worked fast during this portion of the project.
I repeatedly added both glue and snow to the wreath, then stood it up so that the excess snow fell off exposing any bare spots. I must warn you, it may get messy! Thankfully it sweeps up easily.