"I thought I told you to put away the toys!"
"Who sat on these pillows I just fluffed and chopped?!"
Ah yes. The holidays bring out the best in all of us. For many of us it means last-minute ramping up of our house to look up to snuff for when guests arrive. Although this is frequently more reflective of our own ego than how the guests will really see a perfectly folded table napkin.
I am in this frame of mind this week. Thanksgiving is but a few days away and I am in house-perfection mode. Parents are coming, and God-forbid mom or mom-in-law sees a lackluster holiday welcome. I am an admitted perfectionist. In one of my inconsequential rantings I was lamenting about how our front door looked less than holiday-ish. It just didn't scream "Welcome family!" It is time to give our entryway a voice!
I went to Michael's, grabbed a shopping card, and started flying through the aisles. Wreaths there and other places I've seen typically start retailing at $25 and go up from there. Pretty steep for a circular piece of garnered plastic. "I could do better," I thought. I started with a base of grapevine twisted into a circular form. Classic and natural Perfect. Next I picked out items that would transition well from fall through Thanksgiving so I could use the wreath again. I opted for holly berries, leaves, and burlap flowers (since I had already planned a nice big burlap off-centered bow). A basket of clip-on cardinals stood nearby. How delightful. In the basket he went.
Tip: A ton of the holiday decor at Michael's is on sale right now. I'm talking 40% or more off! Score!
Better tip: Make sure to go online on Michaels.com to download some coupons to save more.
A base (grapevine, pine, fake pine, whatever your fancy)
Flowers or natural garnishments
Whatever else you like and want to see glued on that bad boy
Roll of ribbon or burlap (with wire in the siding)
Hot glue gun (with replacement sticks)
I first recommend having some kind of vision, but I never judge a do-it-as-you-go-er. I started with the holly berry garland, which I simply wrapped like a coil around the wreath and then glued in a few spots to hold it in place.
Next I made the bow. My home-made method is to cut three large sections of ribbon. Glue the ends together, overlapping, so it forms a circle. Flatten the three circles out and layer on top of one another. In the center of the stack on either side, cut a small triangle, top point facing the center. This will allow you to more easily attach the center to hold it all together. Cut another smaller piece of ribbon, just enough to go around the middle of the stack, leaving some fabric to overlap itself so you can glue it shut. You should have three loops sticking out of each end of the bow. Shape the loops as desired to look like a fancy bow.
Try to have one or two focal areas where you cluster more garnishments, or else balance the wreath evenly with your decorations. You don't want to have too many clusters of activity or else the eye can't settle and the design element gets lost.
Here is how mine turned out: