Brown Christmas Wreath

Another Christmas has come and gone.  Most of the gifts have been exchanged.  (Although there are a few gifts that still need exchanged.  Being sick over the holidays is no fun.)

This wreath was made for a friend who loves the color brown.  I couldn’t post this earlier, because the recipient of this wreath reads my page, and she’d have known what she was getting before she got it.

Brown Christmas Wreath

I never realized how hard it is to work with browns on a Christmas wreath.  Trying to keep it light enough for the dark colors to show up while keeping the browns as a focal point was a challenge for me, but you know me, where there’s a will, I’ll find a way.

I started with a plain pine wreath.  They are flat & always look too skinny.  I fluffed each of the branches up and had them face the same direction, curving each branch slightly towards the left.

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Then I got out the basic supplies that I’d need to get started.  Some wire edged ribbon, a box of ornaments (I used the entire box) and a chenille stem.  The ribbon that I chose was a medium beige with gold trim, just so that it would show up.

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The first thing that I did was make a fluffy bow.  I tied the bow with a chenille stem & pulled the ends of the chenille stems through to the back.

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Then I twisted the ends together to make a loop for hanging.

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Once the bow was in place, I hot  glued an end of the remaining ribbon under the bow.  Then I place the rest of the ribbon in and out of the branches all the way around the wreath.  I played around with the ribbon until I got it to where I wanted it, and then used the hot glue to secure it in place.

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The next thing that I did was separate the ornaments into like piles.  That made it easier to place them on the wreath without having the same ornament side by side.

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Once the ornaments were separated, it was just a matter of choosing where I wanted them.  I hot glued them to the wreath, keeping the ornaments separated.

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Now to add something lighter in color to make the ornaments pop.  To do this, I used some white glitter baby breath.  I cut the baby breath to make little bundles.

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Then I glued in the baby breath sections behind each of the ornaments.  Adding the light color behind the dark brown made each ornament stand out.

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Continue adding the baby breath until each ornament has some around it.

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To give the bow a little more definition, I used some brown glitter twigs.  I cut them up into smaller sections so they fit nicely into the bow.

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I just hot glued the small sections of the twigs in and around the bow.

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And the wreath was finished.

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And here it is on her door.

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I think she likes it.

Happy Creating everyone!

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