DIY Wreath Making for the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing! Over the weekend we attended a lovely workshop hosted by Phoebe Poole of Weatherlow Florals in the beautiful barn at Weatherlow Farms in Westport, MA. Phoebe walked us through two approaches to making wreaths, using fresh (and dried) greenery foraged from the farm or sourced locally.

 The barn at Weatherlow Farms

The barn at Weatherlow Farms

Here's an overview on how to make your own festive wreath for the holidays - or anytime!

1. Gather your craft supplies, including: floral wire, work gloves, and shears. 

2. Gather your materials:

BASE: Phoebe made our grapevine wreath bases prior to the workshop. You could make your own ahead of time, or you can purchase a grapevine base at craft stores like Michael's or Joann Fabrics. You could also use a wire frame if you choose, but the exposed grapevine adds a nice rustic touch. 

 Phoebe Poole of Weatherlow Florals with handmade grapevine wreath bases 

Phoebe Poole of Weatherlow Florals with handmade grapevine wreath bases 

GREENERY: We had lots of greenery to choose from, including fresh pine, spruce, holly, rhododendron, dried eucalyptus, and more. 

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FINAL TOUCHES: The greenery looks beautiful on its own, but you can also use pine cones, ribbon, dusty miller, twine, etc. - get creative! 

Wreath ribbon

3. Once you have everything gathered in your work space, it's time to start layering your wreath. 

Method one involves creating small bunches of greenery (like small bouquets), wrapping them tightly with floral wire, and then securing those bunches to your wreath base using floral wire. Tuck the ends of the bunches into the grapevine as necessary. Add more bunches around the wreath until you achieve your desired fullness. 

 Phoebe demonstrates how to make a small bouquet with floral wire to layer on the wreath

Phoebe demonstrates how to make a small bouquet with floral wire to layer on the wreath

With method two, which is the approach we took, simply weave the branch stems into the grapevine, starting with some bigger branches and layering on top of them. 

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 The finished wreath

The finished wreath

If you've got crafty friends or family, make it a DIY wreath making party, complete with seasonal snacks and drinks. We were lucky to have bites from Ohh Goodness

 Catering by Ohh Goodness

Catering by Ohh Goodness

ohh goodness catering

Vendors:

Venue: Weatherlow Farms, Westport, MA

Florals: Weatherlow Florals

Catering: Ohh Goodness

 

DIY Black & Gold Party Photobooth

We put together this easy DIY photobooth for a black and gold themed holiday party! Here's what you need to create your own: 

  • Gold fringe curtain (you can buy them at party stores or on Amazon). 
  • A black backdrop - we used thick black fabric. 
  • A cute banner to jazz up your backdrop.
  • Fun props! 
 Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

 Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

 Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Black and Gold Photobooth

DIY: Ribbon Curtain

Ribbon curtains make such a nice event or photobooth backdrop.

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (For a variety of textures I used satin ribbon, burlap ribbon and lace ribbon)
  • Rope cord or something similiar

1. Cut ribbon to desired length. I made mine about 5 feet long and cut at least 50 strands total.

2. Leave extra room, about a foot, on the side of the cord you're starting with, for tying when you hang the curtain. Tie a ribbon to the cord with about an inch of ribbon coming out the top. I just did a regular ol' knot. 

3. Repeat with all the ribbon, rotating colors or textures, until the curtain is as wide as desired. Leave about a foot of extra cord on the other end as well for tying when you hang it up. 

4. Hang and enjoy!

 -Ashley

 

 Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

DIY: Antique Dessert Stand

What you’ll need:

  • 3 antique plates in various sizes (I used 2 dinner plates and 1 salad plate)
  • Super glue or Gorilla Glue
  • 2 glass candlestick holders (I got mine from the Dollar Store!)

These darling dessert stands are super easy. I ordered the plates on Etsy, but you can also collect them from antique stores.

1. Wash the plates and candlesticks and let dry.

2. Figure out how you’d like to order your stand. You’ll want the big plates on the bottom, with smaller ones on top for a nice tier.

3. Apply a thin layer of glue around the the edge of the base of the candlestick holder. You’ll want to find the right balance - you need enough glue to firmly secure the candlestick holder to the plate, but you also want to keep the glue hidden from view as much as possible. The Gorilla Glue I used puffed up a bit so keep that in mind. Place the glued end on top of the bottom dinner plate. Let dry.

4. Apply a thin layer of glue around the top of the candle stick holder and place the middle plate on top. Let dry.

5. Repeat the process with the top tier, lining up the candlestick holders as closely as you can.

 -Ashley 

 

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DIY: Decorative Letters

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Fabric 
  • Craft alphabet letters
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush

I have a thing for initials, so I couldn’t resist these A & S craft alphabet letters. I decided to use fabric scraps to decorate them, although scrapbook paper would also work well. Here’s how:

1. Cut strips of the fabric or paper. I cut mine about six inches long and one inch wide.

 2. Lay one out on the letter so that it covers as much of the letter as possible.

3. Put a few brushes of Mod Podge over the fabric.

4. Repeat with additional pieces of fabric, until the entire letter is covered. For curvier letters, especially ones with nooks and crannies, smaller pieces of fabric work better.

5. Let dry, and you’re done! Use as wall decor or to jazz up a table display.

 -Ashley

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