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A Rustic Winter Door Wreath


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”

Floral Wire

Scissor

Scotch Tape

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!

~K

 

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