With all the excitement of the holidays behind us, I now have time to do a project I have wanted to do for a long time – make a winter wreath for the front door. I bought this red and black flannel buffalo plaid wired edge ribbon probably 10 years. Not sure where the time goes but I found it in my ribbon box before Christmas and decided this January I would finally do this project. I thought this ribbon had a rustic, cabin feel and that it would make a beautiful winter wreath. And now that all of the Christmas decorations are put away the house seems a little bare and in need of a little cozying-up.
I made a trip to Joann Ann Fabrics to complete the design and pick out the supplies for the winter wreath. And even though I already had a brass door wreath hanger, I bought a black door wreath hanger to complete the rustic cabin theme.
Here is the supply list:
18” Dia. Grapevine Wreath
Natural Raffia Palm Fibers, color Sage, 25 cu in
Wire Buffalo Plaid Ribbon, 2” wide, 15 ft.
4 – Red Berry Pick – it has red Americana-like stars
1 – Dry Wheat Bunch
1 – Over the Door Wreath Hanger – black
17 Pine Cones – various sizes – ranging in length from 1” to 3”
The above picture shows burlap ribbon which I decided not to use after a couple of tries to incorporate it into the design. I really like the ribbon but it just did not add anything to the overall wreath design.
The raffia was weaved through the grapevine wreath to add texture and visual interest. I took around 9 strands of raffia, grouped the strands together and taped one end to make the weaving process easier. There are 3 groupings of raffia weaved through the wreath. One on the outside edge, one on the face, and one on the inside edge of the wreath.
Here is a picture of the one end of the raffia group taped together.
I began by weaving the raffia through the grapevine wreath. This took a little time and patience to complete. But the end results were well worth the time. The sage colored raffia added a nice background color to the wreath design.
I did a preliminary mock-up of all of the items to get a feel of how the wreath will look. Here is where I tried to incorporate the burlap ribbon, but I decided less was more.
To secure the pinecones to the wreath, I worked floral wire around the bottom of the pinecone and twisted the wire together. To secure the wired pinecones, I tied the twisted ends of the wire around individual vines of the wreath.
The final arrangement of the pinecones turned out really nice and natural looking.
I am so happy with my Winter Wreath and it looks so great on the front door. It adds a bit of warmth to a cold winter’s day.
Do you have winter wreath? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you!