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Capture the spirit of holidays past with this unique photo wreath. Insert favorite family photos in lightweight purchased or handmade picture frames. Then hot-glue the frames to an evergreen-base wreath. Add colorful ribbons and ball ornaments between the frames using hot glue or wire. See the next slide for more wreath tips.
Wire artificial grapes to the innermost circle of a 4-wire wreath form, packing them tightly. Continue to add grapes until the band is 2-3 inches wide. Clip pine or spruce branches into small stems and insert between the wires of the wreath form, as shown. Clip small branches of cedar and insert them over the branches and under the grapes.
Greet holiday guests with a cheery red wreath of carnations. The inexpensive blooms are easy to come by at your local florist. See the next slide for directions.
Editor's Tip: To prolong the freshness of the carnations, store the arrangements in a cool area when not in use.
Soak a florist's foam wreath shape in water following the manufacturer's instructions. Trim the carnation stems to about 3 inches. (You'll need approximately 80 carnations for a 16-inch-diameter wreath.) Insert the carnations into the form until the surface is covered. Tie a bow with wide red ribbon, twist wire around the middle of the bow, and poke the wire into the wreath form.
Combine elements from nature for a wreath designed for the great outdoors. Gather berries, greenery, and pinecones, and place in a fancy Bundt or round baking pan (there are more tips for using a plain round pan on the next slide). Add water, place the pan outside or in the freezer, and let the cold air do the rest. Simply tie twine or ribbon around the wreath to hang from a nearby branch. See the next slide for more directions.
If you use a regular round baking pan, start by placing a small dish in the center to make the wreath. Arrange berries, holly, birdseed, greenery, and pinecones inside the pan as desired. Fill with water and freeze (in your freezer or outdoors). Once frozen, dip the bottom of the pan in warm water to loosen the ice wreath. Loop raffia around the wreath and hang from a tree branch.
Looking for a wreath that will stay decoratively relevant beyond Christmas? Opt for wintery blue ribbon and crystal white embellishments, which will give the wreath a holiday spin with a look that will last all winter. Hot-glue crystal picks to an evergreen wreath and wrap crystal garland around the wreath's branches. Thread a clear snowflake ornament onto a length of wide blue ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the top of the wreath and secure with a knot in the back. Go to the next slide for a how-to on the Winter Wonderland Wreath's bow.
For the bow, start with 4 yards of 3- to 5-inch-wide ribbon. Make a 6-inch loop 36 inches from one end of the ribbon (this will become one of the tails). Make another 6-inch loop to form a figure eight, pinching both loops together in the center of the figure eight. Repeat to make two 7-inch loops on each side, stacking and pinching them in the center. Cut the ribbon to form a second tail the same length as the first. Wrap florist's wire around the bow's center and then wrap a short length of ribbon over it to conceal the wire. Fluff the loops, fold the tails lengthwise and cut a V in the ends, and wire onto the wreath.
Wire branches of kumquat leaves (or another variety) to a 12-inch-diameter brass ring. Cut a length of wire to fit around the ring, adding about 6 inches to the 12-inch-diamter. Thread a large-eye embroidery needle onto the wire, then string with fresh kumquats. (You'll need about 19 kumquats for a 12-inch wreath.) Wire the strand of kumquats to the ring and tie a bow at the top.
Start with a foam base to create this deliciously scented cinnamon-stick wreath for the holidays. See the next slide for steps on how to make the wreath.
Begin by wrapping the foam base with a 2-inch-wide ribbon, covering the base completely and using hot glue to secure the ends. Next, hot-glue cinnamon sticks around the base in layers, filling in holes with smaller cut pieces. For added color, embellish with small sprigs of red holly berries or small ball ornaments. Hang with a bright ribbon.
To make the bow, start with 4 yards of 3- to 5-inch-wide wire-edge ribbon. Make a 5-inch loop 20 inches from one end (this will become one of the tails). Make another 5-inch loop to form a figure eight, pinching both loops together in the center of the figure eight. Repeat to make three loops on each side, stacking and pinching them in the center as shown. Cut the ribbon to form a second tail the same length as the first. Wrap the bow center with florist's wire, catching a small ribbon loop in with the wire to form a knot to cover the wire. Fluff the loops, fold the tails lengthwise and cut a V in the ends, and wire onto the wreath.
Look at the wreaths from all angles to make sure you have completely covered the foam bases.
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