Welcome to the FIRST day of The Homeless Finch celebration of the season
25 Days of Christmas and Holiday Simple Crafts And Tips!
Today, we are talking Mini Wreaths that can be used as ornaments, embellishments, gifts or simply hung somewhere sweet. The base of the wreaths are made using a simple 3 or 4 inch curtain ring. I happen to have an unused bag of these leftover from a project from years ago. You could also use shower curtain rings. I have even seen it done with small round cross stitch framing rings. I decorated them 5 different ways to show you that this project can be adjusted for whatever holiday look you prefer.
Your basic supply list includes the rings, hot glue gun, scissors, wire, assorted beads and pearls, jingle bells, holiday greens, shells and stones, ribbons, fabric scraps, jute, raffia and buttons. You customize it. After looking at the examples, you might want to add craft or spray paint to your supplies.
Here is the first one.
Next, I set my sights on something a little more elegant. I am seeing a ton of SILVER being used this year. Instead of wrapping the ring, I decided to give it a base color with silver spray paint.
I then simply tied off the ends of the ribbon into a bow at the top. Done. Simple. Elegant. Make sure you use good quality pearl beads. It matters. Here are the results.
Next, I set out to stick with a more traditional Christmas theme using fabric strips. I searched through my stash of old fabrics. I keep even the most cut up pieces for this reason. I then started ripping strips from the fabric for the wrap. If you have never ripped strips, you will be surprised how it is super easy. Fabric when torn vertically or horizontally will tear straight along the weave. Just snip a little into the fabric about an inch inside the edge. Grab both side and rip!! It's fun!
Using these strips, I wrapped the ring in a similar fashion like the raffia. Remember to always leave a tail on each end for tying off at the top!
I took a Dollar Tree ornament apart for it's red beads and found a few green beads at the bottom of my bead bucket and threaded them over three pieces of silver wire.
I then worked the beads into the top of the wreath and tied the ends of the wire off for a loop. Here are the results.
At this point, I wanted to try something a little more traditional using 1 1/2 inch plaid ribbon. Just like the others, I wrapped the ribbon remembering to leave enough on both ends for tying off. I then took a piece of holiday green off a 50 cent floral pic and pared it with a rusty jingle bell that came out of a package from Joann's.
Finished it off with a bow...
So for the final example, I wanted to do something in my style...vintage and funky. I used a piece of scalloped edge white cotton lace trim. As I wrapped the lace, I made sure the scalloped edge was not covered and the holes were spread out revealing the wood on the ring. Searching through a few bowls of vintage buttons and leftover drawer hardware, I started playing with the different elements.
So here you have all of them together...
You could take this idea and do so much with the stuff you already have sitting around in your supplies. There are so many different materials you can use to wrap the ring. The sky is the limit.
Hope you found inspiration today with my Mini Wreath project! It is a simple and neat. Its a versatile way to make a little something special for the top of a package, an ornament for someone special or maybe even a teacher gift. You decide.
Don't forget to come back tomorrow for my
25 Days of Christmas and Holiday Ideas and Gifts Series!!