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Jo Sowerby joins us again to share another great DIY.
- 1 wreath (I used a heart-shaped wicker wreath but you could use any style you wished)
- I can of gold metallic spray paint. I used Plastikote gold metallic spray on the advice of my hardware shop (ensure it is the correct paint for the materials you will be using)
- 1 ½ inch gold and red ribbon for hanging.
- A variety of ribbons in shades chosen for your Xmas colour scheme in a variety of widths, I used ¼ – 1 inch widths of ribbon.
- Gold bells (or whichever shade you wish I didn’t use mine in the end).
- Cinnamon sticks.
Take your Xmas wreath and ensure it is clean and dry ready for painting. The photo above is the original wreath I bought in my supermarket for £2.50 on sale.
I chose a red and gold theme for my wreath to fit my other Christmas ornaments and bought the ribbon and spray paint in those shades. I bought a variety of widths of ribbon in my local fabric shop.
I only sprayed my small heart as it was blue and did not fit my colour scheme. It only took 2 coats of paint to get the effect I wanted and I have lots of paint for another project. You could spray both the wreaths if you wished. I just wanted to retain a rustic theme as I live in the English countryside.
Collect your cinnamon sticks together along with some thin coloured ribbon. I tied my cinnamon sticks together in threes. You could make larger grouping adding in dried or artificial holly berries, leaves, flowers and dried fruits such as oranges/lemons. I tied my cinnamon sticks with a red gingham ribbon with a bow.
My wreath had a metal hanger on the top so I used this tie my ribbon onto to enable me to hang my wreath on my door.
I used the wider red and gold ribbons to make the hanger and a large bow decoration. If you wish add an alternatively coloured ribbon into a large bow at the front of the wreath. I chose red and gold ribbons for this.
Cut your ribbon into pieces, I initially cut lengths of 14 inches (approximately 35 cms) but these were too long for the smaller parts of the wreath. I then began at the base and sides of your wreath to tie the ribbon pieces onto the wreath tying with a knot and leaving 2 inches of ribbon spare so that they can be cut to length to create a uniform design.
Add different ribbons to completely fill the spaces around the whole wreath.
Completely fill the space with your ribbon strips, either until you run out or until you are happy with the overall design you have achieved.
Once I had added all my ribbon pieces my wreath looked like this:
For the smaller heart I sprayed it in gold and left to dry following the manufacturer’s instructions. Once dry, I wrapped a thin gingham ribbon around the heart in an asymmetrical design. I secured the ribbon using a hot glue gun. Then tied the small heart onto the wreath using the same gingham ribbon.
Add your cinnamon stick embellishments or alternative groupings to the more sparsely covered sections of your wreath. For mine I added groupings to the sides of the larger wreath.
And even though I say so myself, it looks rather lovely handing on the door. I can’t wait to hang in up in December.[divider_double]