The 15 Minute Wreath Tutorial – from items you already have at home!

15 minute wreath

 

(This is a copy of the 06.29.12 guest post I wrote for whitehouseblackshutters.com – visit Ann Marie, I <3 her.)

So, check it out: this may be the easiest wreath you will ever make. Seriously. The first year I was married I wanted to make a Christmas wreath for our front door. So I did what any naive, newly married woman, making her first wreath would do: I went to Michael’s and dropped a bunch of $$$ on a boat load of stuff: a grape wreath form, decorative picks, vines, floral wire, jewelry nippers (to cut the wire), and a lot more. I think I spent more on that wreath than on Christmas gifts that year. But do not tell my husband. It will be our little secret. Kay? Thanks. It’s almost 10 years later (wow, that makes me feel old) and I have learned a thing or two. To make a great wreath you do not need a lot of money, or even a lot of time. If you want a quick and easy wreath to slap together for your next party (4th of July perhaps?) then look around your house, preferably in your pantry, and see what you’ve got – this should take a grand total of 5 minutes. I give you a full 5 because in my house the minute I go near the pantry I hear, “Mommy I want popcorn. Mommy I want raisins. Mommy I’m hunggggy.” So grab your little one a snack and while you’re there grab one for yourself.  Also grab the following supplies:

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 If you are prepping for a party then you probably already have these little babies chillin’ on your kitchen counter… and if you are like me then your glue gun is already there too.

So, now that you have all your supplies conveniently in front of you, here we go:

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First we need to make the little flag in the center of the wreath – 5 minutes

straw-flag-mini-tute

Take your straws and two pieces of scrap cardboard. Line up your straws and cut cardboard to the right height. Place a line of glue on the cardboard and place over the end 1/4″ of your straws, repeat that process on the other side too. Let that dry another 2.5 Seconds and flip the whole thing over. (This way is easier than trying to get all 15 straws to stay in the right place in your hand as you put them on the cardboard.)  This is the basis for your cute little “flag” background inside the wreath. The cardboard will attach to the cup wreath and give it stability. Take it from me: don’t try to attach the straw directly to the wreath. The uneven cup rims will make your straws all jacked-up. Stick with the cardboard trick and your straws will lie flat, pretty pretty.

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cut-out-stars

Using a marker, draw a start on the back of a plate. Paper or plastic? Remember when they used to ask that at the store? In this case: who cares, they both work. Woohoo! If you are anal and want perfect stars then you might want to print one out on your computer and then trace it. But that seems like a lot of work and defeats the purpose of this being a project you can do in 15 minutes. Taking an extra minute at your computer seems like a lot of work… 16 minutes is too long for me, obviously.

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glue-stars-on-straws

Put a dab of hot glue on the back of each star and place on the straws.  Isn’t that just so cute. And quick. Ok, set your flag aside for a minute.

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Next we need to make the cup wreath – 5 minutes

tower-of-cups

For our cup wreath, take your tower of cups and lay them down on your work surface.

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Glue cups together

Start gluing cups together by placing a dab of glue on  the outside of cup B and sliding it back (most of the way) into cup A – leaving the top of the cup partially exposed. You do not want to stack them closed. You want to tilt your cup slightly to the right, and let glue dry like 2.5 sec. Then place a dab of glue onto cup C and slide it into cup B, tilting slightly again and letting dry. This will make your cup tower naturally curve to the right (if you are a lefty you can put the glue on the left to make it easier for yourself) because you are gluing on the same side (which is the inside of the wreath).

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cup-wreath-form

As your cups curve to the right, continue to add more cups and glue together. Soon, you will see a half circle, then a 3/4 circle, and then a full circle. To close the circle, simply glue to last cup to the first cup. Easy Peasy. Set that aside for a minute.

Friendly tips: as you work, move the completed part of the form counter-clockwise (so your work area stays at the same place and you’re not breaking your wrist just to glue some cups together). *Important: use the little straw flag you just made as a size guide, you want your cup wreath to be just a hair larger than your flag. The flag sits right inside the inner circle. It’s that cool, it’s in the “inner circle.” Get it? (Yes, I am THIS funny, all the time.)

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slap-glue-on-cardboard

Alright, grab your flag again and slap some more glue on that cardboard. Put a nice thick line down each side.

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Grab that beautiful cup wreath you made and stick it right on top of your hot glue lines.  Let sit for 5-10 seconds. Done!

Now admire your beautiful creation. Ohhh…ahhhh. Now go hang that bad boy on your door, your party guests could be here any minute! Enjoy your party!

15 minute wreath

xoxo-April

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing at the party! Cute idea for the 4th of July. Pinned & shared.Hope to see you again soon.
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  2. I love that you used items that are common to most kitchens. So cute. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy
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  3. I love projects like these that use items that you already have to make something new and beautiful. Plus it saves you lots of money in the process. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Motivational Monday link party. Have a great weekend!

    Bethany from The Southern Couture
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  4. This is awesome and I’m definitely pinning it. Found you at the Friendship Friday linkup!
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  5. wow, this is so creative and turned out lovely. Thank you for sharing and joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove
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  6. This is so cute! I love how it turned out.
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  7. oh this is so fun! what an awesome wreath and so quick to make!! We have a creative challenge link party too – hope you will stop by there and link up! http://2crochethooks.com/week-4-may-craft-challenge/
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  8. nicholl says:

    great craft!

    visit nichollvincent.blogspot.com

    have a great weekend!

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