I love the natural elegance of this wreath. It takes some time to make, but if you work at it while watching Christmas movies (like, Elf, our new favourite) time will fly. If you are a puzzle fan it will be right up your alley.
There is something so satisfying about finding just the right nut for where you need it (a bit of an analogy for our marriage, I must say).
The idea for this wreath came from (who else really?) Martha Stewart. I won't bother recreating the tutorial for you when you can click through to the pro. The most significant difference with my wreath is that I used a straw form (not wood). Straw wreath forms are just plain cheaper and easier to find.
I would venture a guess that a straw form is lighter too. This is a heavy wreath. Keep that in mind when you are hanging it. I have hung it on the wall on a very strong hook (probably a hollow-wall anchor is not a bad idea). The last few seasons I have just leaned it against the wall on top of an armoire. This wreath would also be lovely on a table with candles in the centre and a few greens.
This is probably not a door wreath. I think the impact of a slamming or two would send it flying. It is definitely not a front door wreath.
Martha must have more civilized critters on her estates, were I to have hung this wreath on the front door I would have a bare wreath form and obese squirrel corpses decorating my porch. Plus, hot glue and cold temperatures are not friends. I think hanging this wreath outdoors is not a good thing.
This was my first foray into the hot glue gun. (Christmas crafting is decidedly less charming when you can't hear the carols over the crafting lady's screams of pain and obscenities that would make Gordon Ramsey blush). I was trying to pull the hot glue off before it cooled. A bad idea. I could have entered the witness protection program: I had no fingerprints left! I learned, much too late, to keep a bowl of icy water nearby to dunk my fingers in when I got hot glue on them.
I acknowledge that using food for decoration can be a bit hard to swallow for some. There is something wasteful about using something as precious as food for something so frivolous as decorating. Every year I use this wreath it gets a little less wasteful. I made this wreath shortly after Ed and I got married, 11 years ago.
Have you made a holiday wreath that you love?