Friday, November 30, 2012

Easy 30-minute rectangular Christmas wreath





Sometimes it’s good to be square…or even rectangular.  Different is good and easy is even better.  This wreath whips up in minutes and looks wonderful.  You only need a few supplies and in no time you will have Christmas wreath to be proud of.


You will need:

An 11 x 14 inch wooden frame without the glass (this is your wreath base)

Two six-foot non-wired garlands (there are a wide assortment of garlands available at craft stores and most are 50% off!)

20-gauge wire

Wire cutters

Wired ribbon or ready-made bow

1.     Starting at the upper left hand corner, attach one end of one of the garlands to the frame with an 8-inch piece of 20-gauge wire.  Twist to secure.  Begin to tightly wrap the garland around the frame stopping at the next corner.  Use another piece of wire to secure the garland to that corner twisting to the back.



2.     Continue wrapping till you reach the next corner and with another piece of wire secure to the frame tightly twisting the wire to the back.  (Half the wreath is covered)




3.     Attach the second garland with another piece of wire where you ended the first garland.  Wrap the garland as before, stopping at the next corner to secure with another piece of wire.



4.     Continue wrapping the garland until you reach the starting point and attach with a piece of wire twisting to the back.  (You should have the entire wreath covered)   Add a loop of twisted wire to the center back for hanging.


5.     Make a bow with some 2 inch wide wired ribbon (Instructions for making bows are upcoming in subsequent posts but there are very good instructions for making bows on the website Bowdabra or you can purchase a ready made bow and attach it with some wire to the side of your wreath.





Note:  You can change the size and even the shapes of the frames.  A good place to get inexpensive frames is at a thrift store.



11 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your awesome Christmas wreath in our Crafty Showcase http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/12/01/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-9/ this week! We love seeing what you have been up to and visiting your blog.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Susie @Bowdabra

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  2. Now, this is a real neat idea!!! Thanks Crystal ;o)

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  3. I have to admit that I'm "crushing" on the rectangle/square wreath and this one is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.

    Marilyn
    4you-withlove.blogspot.com

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  4. just beautiful! Thanks for the instructions!

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  5. This is nice. I make wreaths from old frames also. It's great. It's easy and it's free for the frame. I use fabric that I cut up into strips and wrap that around the frame. Then I add whatever I want onto the frame. So nice to see someone else using these frames. Your wreath turned out really nice, too! Thanks for showing us how. Linda

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  6. This is beautiful! Who says a wreath has to be round anyway!

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  7. Great idea, and it is beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing at the Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Adorned From Above,
    Debi.
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

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  8. I cover old frames in seashells and beach combing bits and bobs. I will try to find a photo of some. I think your Christmas wreath is a really lovely idea. Take care now. Marion x

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  9. love easy crafts!!! your wreath is lovely

    would love it if you share this on my link party @ www.serenityyou.com

    Natasha xx

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  10. i love the way this wreath came out. It is really pretty. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/12/7-recipes-and-wednesdays-adorned-from.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee's
    Linda @ With A Blast

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