Monday, November 28, 2011

Winter Wonderland Wreath

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  I know I did.  We decided to head up to Washington to visit family.   It was SO nice.  The kids had a blast having sleepovers with cousins and the adults actually played games.
 It is about a 12 hour drive from our house to Seattle and the kids were amazingly good the whole time.  Unfortunately the kids got some kind of stomach bug in Seattle (I blame it on eating lunch on cement tables outside at Pikes Market, it is fun, but not really very sanitary).  Anyway I lost count of the number of times I had to turn around to catch throw up in a plastic grocery sack.  I think it was around 18 during the long drive home.
Even with the less than fun drive home the trip was still totally worth it.  Sadly, I came home to a street full of Christmas lights aglow and my house still had fall leaves and pumpkins all over the porch.  You should have heard Emma, who is 7, freaking out about what loosers we were and how we needed to get our Christmas stuff up right away.

Suddenly I feel SO behind.   I spent the day unpacking, doing tons of laundry, and buying Christmas presents on-line.  I only have a few more gifts to buy.  Wish me luck.  I am hoping to find a few more really good deals without having to wait in any long lines.

So, today I want to share with you my winter wonderland wreath.  It is one of the few Christmas decorations I have up.


Do you want to know how to make one of your own?

You are going to need:
A STYROFOAM wreath (I used an 18" wreath because I wanted it big, but that size was a beast, so you may want to use a 12" wreath, it goes a lot faster.)
A pack of white card stock (about 50 sheets)
A 3" scalloped circle paper punch
Cut out paper snowflakes (I used my silhouette to cut them out)
A small strand of white Christmas lights
berry sprigs
2 packs of dollar store snow flakes
little pine cones
glitter blast diamond dust spray paint
glue gun and glue


Wrap your Christmas lights around the wreath.  Easy enough so far.  You may notice the computer in the back ground.  Yes, this is a "watch a move while you do it" kind of project.  Also, you will see I pressed the plugie-ine end of the lights into the wreath so it is all nice a tucked away.  If you are planning on hanging this somewhere where it will not be easy to plug it in you may want to get those battery powered lights.

Before the wreath is too covered in paper, tie a ribbon or whatever you are planning to hang it with on the top.


Next, I attached the snowflakes to the lights.  I cut them down the middle and them glued the two open sides together so it kinda makes a cone shape.  Oh and I would like to point out that you do not need to worry about the lights catching the paper on fire.  Paper burns at 451 degrees and little Christmas lights will not get anywhere near that hot.


Next I glitter blasted the pine cones and glued them on around the wreath. Sorry I forgot to take pictures of this part, but I have faith that you guys can do it with out them.

Next make your cones.
You are going to need A LOT of cones.  Like 300+ cones.  I like to make some skinny and some fat and some short and some long.  So just make all kinds.  Also I make the cones as I go, but you can make 300 first and put them on.  Just put a dab of glue on the point and press it into the STYROFOAM.  I used a 3 inch paper punch to cut out the circles.

I also glued on plastic and paper snow flakes as I go.  I laid some right on top of the wreath and then I broke a few and stuck them in.

keep going until the whole thing is covered.

And you are done.    YAY!

Hang it on the door.

or inside.

I am still trying to decide where I am going to hang it.  I love it as part of  this Christmas vignette.  

18 comments:

  1. WOW! Amazing wreath. A lot of work and it shows!!

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  2. I love it!!! It's so cute! You have a LOT of patience too haha

    Pamela @ pbjstories.com

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  3. Beautiful! Love the scalloped cones - great idea.

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  4. It's gorgeous!! I love that you kept it white! =)

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  5. That is so beautiful! I love your wood Christmas sign too!

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  6. Very pretty- thanks for sharing.

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  7. That is an awesome display and that wreath is GORGEOUS! So much to look at and enjoy. I am stumbling this post. I am new FB fan from Not Just a Housewife. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  8. it's so beautiful...love everything about it ! xo
    Lucy

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  9. This wreath is gorgeous! I am really in awe of the lights. It's just fabulous! I also love your table by the way : ) I am a new follower. So happy to find you. I would love for you to share this over at my link party @ http://www.literallyinspired.com

    Ginger

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  10. LOVE this.. So creative and beautiful. Looks really awesome. : )) I would LOVE if you could please stop in and linky this terrific feature via my Pin’Inspirational Party happening today pweease… http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/pininspirational-thursdayslinky-party.html .. THANK YOU SO MUCH.. Wishing you an incredible start to your weekend.. Sincerely ~M

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  11. Hi, I just found this post and it inspired me so much. I was looking for ideas for making a paper cone wreath and found your Awesome Paper Cone Wreath Tutorial, thank you so much. I'm hoping to make one in the next week. I've just started my own blog too, would you mind if I linked to this post?

    Mel http://days-at-home-mel.blogspot.com/

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  12. Fabulous! This is by far the prettiest wreath I've found this year in blogland. So creative and what a great job. Clever woman!

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  13. Great project! I would love to try this! I am your newest follower and would love for you to visit and follow back!

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  14. This wreath turned out AMAZING. I love it. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

    http://www.junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday-5.html

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  15. WOW! this is fantastic! Inspired me to try making one and I'm quite pleased being a first timer :) I added a little color to mine (red, green, black) by printing the names of everyone in my family (parents, brothers, sister, niece, nephews, significant others = 17). in red. "Merry Christmas", "Family" in green and "2011" in black: I added some LED, battery powered white lights as well. Thank you for sharing!
    Here's a link to a photo of my wreath.. :)
    http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/33seven/photo.jpg

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  16. this is incredible, love love love it!

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  17. I have not been checking blogs like I should, and totally missed this! Boy, is it beautiful! I love the whole set up! You are so creative!!! Well done :)

    <3

    Risa

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