The Changing of the Wreaths. It's that little ceremony that takes place here at our house about this time every year when I remove all traces of Christmas from the front door & in its place hang something nice & green & nondiscriminatory toward the different seasons.
For the past two years, I've used these great standbys. But, this year, I was craving something a little more English Garden-esque. And so I made some simple moss wreaths...
These are easy to make. All you need is a wreath form, some burlap, moss, your glue gun skills & plenty of glue sticks.
I did slightly complicate mine because I couldn't find a wreath form in the size I wanted, but still, it's a project even amateur crafters can do.
Start with a wreath form of some kind. The plain straw wreaths sold at craft stores would be perfect if you can find them in the size you want. I had to get a little creative for mine since I was looking for a 22" form, so I browsed around Lowes & Home Depot & came up with these items:
The tubing was at Lowes in the electrical aisle. It's sold by the foot & can be cut to size.
And the foam pipe insulation is also at either HD or Lowes in the plumbing supplies. It comes in 6' lengths & I bought the one with the self-sealing slit in the back.
Then, with a little duct tape, I created the 22" circle I wanted & then covered it with the foam.
And Voilá! I had a wreath form.
Next, I wrapped the form in strips of burlap using a little hot glue here & there to secure it.
Then, I was ready for the moss. For these wreaths, I recommend using treated Reindeer Moss. It's natural, yet "greened up" somehow with an added element that helps it stay soft. This type of moss seems to last the longest & stay the greenest. The regular price is $4.99 at Hobby Lobby, but you can get it for only $2.50 per bag on weeks when they have their dried naturals on sale. My 22" wreaths took about 3 bags of moss to get them covered.
Use a hot glue gun to adhere the moss onto the wreath, making sure to be generous with the glue so the moss will stay put. This stuff is pretty messy, so you will want to cover your workspace with newspaper or cardboard for easier clean-up.
Just glue away until the front & sides are all covered, then go back & check for bare spots & cover them if needed.
I told you it was simple! I used a strip of burlap layered with ribbon to hang them on my doors. (I use a staple gun to staple the ribbons to the top of my wood door.)
Now I have great basic wreaths that are just right for any time of year. And I can't wait to experiment with a few embellishments for the different seasons. Stay tuned for that!
Hope you like these wreaths! I'm sharing this how-to with a few of these sites.