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Easy Wreaths From a Variety of Wired Trims
Wreaths can be made of many materials to suit all kinds of occasions and seasons. Scale miniature and dolls house wreaths are easiest to make using some type of wired trim as a base. Full sized wreaths can use the same techniques but wrap the chosen trim around a wire or cutout cardboard wreath frame, rather than on a circle made from trim.
The simple wreaths shown here are made from kraft paper wrapped wire (used to resemble a vine wreath) artificial holly wire trim, a thick green pipecleaner, and a length of beaded wire. Any type of wired trim can be used. If you make a candy garland similar to the one shown for the miniature Christmas Tree decorations, you can use a wire base and make a candy wreath. Ribbon can be looped onto a length of wire, and wire can be wrapped in fabric for rag style wreaths. All use the same technique.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Materials Needed to Make Christmas Wreaths From Wired Trims
To Make Miniature Wreaths From Wired Trim You Will Need:
- Lengths of Wired Trim the length you need will depend on the size of the wreath you wish to make and the thickness of the trim. The one inch vine style wreath needed approximately 18 inches of wire trim, folded double. The pipe cleaner wreath used a 15 inch length of thick pipe cleaner, the holly trim wreath used 15 inches of wired miniature holly garland. Eighteen inches of wire with clear glass seed beeds was used to make the beaded wreath which is approximately 1 1/4 inches across. You will need a length approximately three to five times the circumference of the wreath. If you need to double the material to make it the right thickness, you will need double the length.
- Wire Cutters
- Sharp Scissors
- PVA Glue to secure the ends of trim after it is cut.
- Wired Ribbons or other decorations for your wreaths. See instructions for making ribbon bows.
- Tweezers Useful for wrapping smaller wreaths but not necessary.
Tips Cloth covered wire can be painted to resemble vines to make smaller scale wreaths, fabric can be wrapped around wire to make rag wreaths (see instructions for making rag baskets to learn how to wrap the wire)Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Setting the Size of Your Miniature Wreath
To Set the Size of Your Miniature Wreath
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- Set a Hanging Hook Turn back the tip of the wired trim to make a hook for the wreath to hang on.
- Make the First Circle Make a loop for your wreath that is slightly larger than the size of the wreath you want to make. For 1:12 dolls house scale make the loop 1/4 to 1/2 inch larger than the overall size of your wreath.
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Finish the Mini Wreath Form
Wrapping the First Circle To make your miniature wreath, hold the initial loop of trim in a circle at the top edge where you made the hanging hook. Thread the free end of your wired trim in and out of the circle, keeping the trim at the same angle each time you enter and go out of the circle. The trim will not be wrapped across the first circle, but at an angle around it. The exact angle will depend on how thick the trim is. The simple wreath made with a pipe cleaner only took five stitches in and out of the circle to completely go around the wreath. The kraft paper wreath took more ins and outs. The total number will depend on the thickness of your material.Finishing the Wrap When you have an even wrap of material around the circle back to your hanging loop, tuck the ends of your material under a previous wrapping layer. If your wreath isn't thick enough you can go around again, or start over, this time using doubled or tripled material. When your wreath ends are tucked away, use wire cutters to trim off any extra material, and use a bit of glue to hold the wire covering in place. Depending on the trim, you can also use glue to hold the trim in place where you tucked it under.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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A Finished Miniature Wreath Form
Here is a basic wreath form made from the simplest of materials, a thick pipe cleaner. You can see how the wreath is wrapped evenly and is a uniform thickness. If your wreath is not uniform, you can fix that when you add decorations.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Special Techniques When Using Thin Wired Trims for Miniature Wreaths
Using thinner trims to make even miniature wreaths may require special techniques.
- Start by Doubling the Trim some trims may need to be trebled. Fold your trim in half, or into thirds and form the circle the same way it is shown for setting the size of your wreath in step 3. If you doubled your trim you will have a loop instead of a single hook at the top of your wreath. Make sure your circle has one piece of trim laying flat inside the other This will make sure there are fewer bumps later on.
- Make a Smooth Wrap On Your Way Around When using doubled or trebled trim, make sure you keep the pieces of trim laying side by side as you wrap them around the initial circle. Try to keep them from twisting around each other as you wrap them around your wreath frame. Your final wreath will be more even.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Choose a Material to Suit Your Design
Basic wreath frames can be made from all kinds of materials. Using a wrapped frame means there are lots of places where wires cross that can be used to secure decorative additions. All the frames shown here are made the same way, just using different starting materials. The technique of wrapping a basic circle makes it easier to keep them evenly shaped.
If you want a frame for a fall wreath, use miniature wired leaf garland as a starting point. If you want a wreath with kitchen decorations, use painted wire, or kraft paper (or real vines) to make a plain wreath and decorate it with kitchen spoons, spices , teabags. A vine wreath also makes a good start for a baby wreath design.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Adding Decorations to a Basic Wreath
Here are a few suggestions on adding decorations to a basic wreath, in miniature or full size.
- Place Decorations to Cover Mistakes If your wreath has a thin spot, or a place where something is flying away from the basic shape, use a wired ribbon bow or a cluster of decorations to fill out the shape or tie in the loose piece.
- Use Wire To Attach Ornaments Wired ornaments can be moved around using the wire to hold them in place. If you glue or tie on an ornament you are stuck with the position it is held in, with wire you have more opportunities to adjust.
- Use Odd Numbers on Round Wreaths Your eye naturally looks for symmetry, to keep it thinking of round, not square, use odd numbers of ornaments (flowers, baby toys, candies, fruit) on round wreaths.
- Go Asymmetric Adding a bow or a decoration off slightly to one side makes a wreath look more interesting.
- Consider the Background If your mini wreath will be going on a table to hold a place card, make it stand out by keeping it plain. If it will be held on a painted door to a dolls house, make it contrast with the door, or use a garland of tinsel made from glittered sewing thread to pull your eye towards it.