You know I love wreaths. I don’t just display them at Christmas. I have wreaths for all seasons, all events, and all holidays. It’s a good thing I have a large basement in order to store my bounty of wreaths while I switch them out. I recently found a bag of apples and fall leaves at my local craft store and all of a sudden—I thought, Wreath? Now that wasn’t such a big surprise was it?
You will need:
· Grapevine wreath
· Faux apples
· Artificial fall leaves
· 14-gauge wire
· Floral wire
· Wire cutters
· Hot glue gun and glue sticks
· Tacky craft glue
· Bowdabra bow maker
· Bowdabra bow wire
1. Attach a piece of floral wire on the back of the wreath and form into a loop for a hanger at the top center of the wreath.
2. Separate the leaves and using a glue gun and glue sticks attach leaves around making sure they are all facing the same direction.
3. Cut a 1 ½” piece of 14 gauge wire and poke into the wreath through the leaves, use the hammer to drive it down till about ¾” is sticking out. Spread some tacky glue onto the back of an apple (Since the apples are usually Styrofoam based you cannot use a glue gun or it will melt) and insert onto the wire sticking out of the wreath. Continue to cut wire pieces and insert them evenly around the wreath. Attach the apples onto each wire. Let the glue dry.
4. Make a Bowdabra bow. Cut a 24-inch piece of Bowdabra bow wire and fold in half. Place into the Bowdabra Bowmaker. You will have a loop at one end and two pieces of wire at the other end.
5. Cut a 24 inch piece of 2 ½” wide ribbon in a matching color and place in the Bowdabra with the same lengths on each side. This will be your bow tails.
6. Cut 36 inches of the same ribbon to make your bow. Insert the ribbon in the bowmaker and make a loop on the other side. Make a matching loop on the opposite side. Repeat two times for a total of four loops.
7. Scrunch down the bow with the Bowdabra wand.
8. Insert the two loose ends of the bow wire through the loop and pull tight. Tie in a knot at the back and adjust the bow.
9. Use the hot glue gun and glue sticks to glue the bow on the center bottom of the wreath.