Do It Yourself Christmas Wreath
Christmas time is coming and I know many of you, just like me, enjoy creating your own decorations at home, in the company of your friends and family. It’s more fun and these decorations have much bigger value than the ones bought in the mall.
So, today, I came up with this idea of creating a wreath. And, as a basis for it, I used styrofoam. I made it with the stuff I had at home and I hope you will like it enough to try and do something like this yourself, following this DIY tutorial.
1. Printing images
Print some of your photos, use images of your friends, family, or pets (as I did in this occasion) … in 2×2 inches size. Of course, I could not resist but to decorate my images with Photoshop brushes: Christmas II Photoshop Brushes (20+20+20) + 20 PNGs, and I used them as photo masks (there are few brushes in a set which can be used as photo masks too. Also I used one of the free Photoshop brushes from GreenBulbGang.Com – Grunge Stars)
And, well, I printed them out …
Prepare the following: styrofoam, fabric, colorful fabric ribbons, wire, pine cones, gold color, glue gun.
3. Cutting the styrofoam (Part I)
Before cutting a circle, of course, we need to mark the styrofoam, I draw two circles using a pen, pick and a rope. No, that’s not my hand :) My hubby helped me.
4. Cutting the styrofoam (Part II)
That’s it. Now I had to cut it out. First I cut the smaller one. I know there is a styrofoam cutter, but I do not have it. So I used a simple knife. It was really messy. But I manage it.
5. Voila, that was the hardest part!
The hardest part is done! You can always buy something like this in a store. But I didn’t. Because this is DIY Christmas wreath :)
6. Dressing up
I dressed-up this wreath-to-be in a dark green cloth decorated with gold stars, moons and other drawings… I glued the cloth to the styrofoam with a glue gun. Yes, that’s me gluing the cloth :)
7. Dressing-up – completed
And, here’s the result:
8. Wiring and decorating
Now, I cut some wire and simply clasped it around the wreath-to-be. The upper part was twisted in a spiral so that we can insert the images. I didn’t have thicker wire. If I had a thicker wire I’d just pin it in the styrofoam. Also, I prepared pine cones and sprayed them with gold color.
9. Pine cones
Finally I glued the pine cones with a glue gun.
10. Inserting the photos
OK. That’s it. Now is time for printed images! Cut them, and glue them over the spiral wire. If you just attach them into spiral, they will fall off.
11. The final touch
I felt this wreath was missing something, so I added red and gold ribbons all around it.
12. OK. One more final touch
I added some bows around wires too!
13. And … voila!
Finito! bsilvia Christmas Wreath (2011/2012 edition) is ready! :))
I hope you will like it and maybe even try to do it yourself. Should you have any questions, let me know I will be more than happy to help.
Here is what Mr. SpaceCat thought of it:
Mr. Alphons was not impressed either
But, the old queen, Poofah, she wanted to eat the pine cones ?!?!?
Love you all, have fun and may the peace be with you.