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DIY Floral Christmas Wreath

Join me today as I decorate a floral Christmas wreath. I love doing crafts this time of year and wreath making has always been a hobby I have enjoyed. I've been making wreaths since I was a little girl. My parents still display the ones I have made in their home so they definitely have lasting power! I hope you enjoy watching the tutorial in today's video.

I purchased everything from a local craft store, but for your convenience I have listed all of the supplies below to the best of my ability. If you don't plan to make a wreath this holiday season, a good idea would be to wait until the after Christmas sales to get your faux florals at a heavy discount. I reuse a lot of my crafts supplies every year, making this process very affordable for me.

You will need floral wire, wire cutting scissors, hot glue gun, poinsettia flowers, magnolia flowers, plaid Christmas ribbon, grapevine wreath, faux berry sprigs, pine cone sprigs, frosted pine cone (an alternative option).

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I received such great advice regarding onion chopping from Monday's freezer meals video. Many people suggested refrigerating the onions, some suggested dunking them in water, others suggest special onion goggles. The most voted up comment came from Janna G, who wrote: To not cry when cutting onions, put the onion in the freezer for half an hour, works great.

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MamaBirdEmma said...

Beautiful, Jennifer! One of our church parishioners gave me a gorgeous Christmas wreath that she bought at her son's high school band fundraiser this year.

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DD said...

I like to mix fresh and faux -- in vases and on my Christmas wreath. I buy a plain, inexpensive fresh wreath at my local home or grocery store (might be $10). They're usually pretty flat and spare, but I add pine cones, sprays of faux greens, etc., like you did. I end up with a full, fancy wreath that smells good when we open the door to guests.

Vicki Zimmerman said...

Jennifer, your Christmas wreath is simply beautiful and your presentation made the how-to so accessible for all of us.  I can't wait to go to Michael's and put one together.  I like the idea of using floral wire, because the grapevine wreath could be reused at Easter to make a wreath with pastel eggs and springtime floral arrangements.  Wonderful home craft project!

Gumbo Lily said...

Very elegant. Do you create your own designs or do you have a source for your ideas?

MA said...

Hi Jennifer, for 2018 I plan to set myself the resolution "Embrace Domesticity." I am a working mom, and my house is usually dirty, though uncluttered. Can you do a video on your cleaning schedule? Do you clean in small increments, like 15 minutes/day or all day on the weekend? If you do a little every day, can you show us what that looks like: Monday: bathrooms, Tuesday: Kitchen, etc... Thanks! Mariana

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hi ladies, thank you for your comments. Gumbo Lily, I just create my own designs. If I see flower combinations I like I just go with it. MA, absolutely I will do those videos in the new year. DD I love the idea of combining fresh and faux. Great idea. Thank you, as always, to all of you for commenting!