The word "wreath" can have bad connotations, conjuring images of tacky, overly sparkly evergreen monstrosities. But this one is different. It's square. And it's made using birch branches which gives it a bit of a scandinavian feel. Click through to see what I mean!
The great thing about this wreath is that it doesn't necessarily have to have a holiday feel if you don't want it to, but you can easily make it feel Christmas-y with the addition of a red ribbon if you celebrate Christmas. I wanted mine to transition from the holidays right into January and February, so I stuck with natural colors and a bit of silver.
Here's what you'll need for this super easy wreath project:
- Fallen birch branches, cut into (4) 14 inch long pieces
- A couple of small evergreen trimmings
- Three silver bells
- 1 foot of 1/2 inch wide silver glitter ribbon
- 1 foot of 1/4 inch wide silver gift wrapping ribbon
- 2 feet of 2 inch wide silver ribbon for hanging
- A hot glue gun with extra glue glue sticks
1. Begin by gluing the end of one branch to the other, forming a right angle.
2. Glue the other corners in the same way so it looks like the image above.
3. Next, glue a small piece of an evergreen branch to one corner.
4. Continue adding more evergreens to the corner until you're satisfied with the way it looks.
5. Next, wrap your glitter ribbon around the corner, hiding the ends of the evergreens as shown above. Glue the ends together on the back of the wreath.
6. Next, thread the bells onto the thin silver ribbon.
7. Pull tightly and tie the ends in a knot so the bells form a cluster.
8. Tie them around the same corner on top of the glitter ribbon and knot them in the back. Make sure they are secure by adding a dot of hot glue over the knot. Trim the ends. And you're all finished!
See? I told you it was easy! Now hurry up and go hang your beautiful handmade wreath on your front door. Or it would look nice on your mantle too, if you have one.
The bells feel so festive without being overly tacky and in-your-face. And every time someone comes through the door, the soft jingle of the bells makes me smile.
Feel free to experiment with the materials, too - paper flowers could be a beautiful alternative if bells aren't your thing.
And here's the best part of the whole project - it literally took me 20 minutes to make. If that's not motivation enough, I don't know what is! Happy crafting!