Saturday, December 6, 2014

Red Ladybug Evergreen Wreath How-to

To make this wreath you need:

• basic store-bought evergreen wreath

• sharp scissors or pruners to cut branches

• wire cutters

• light gage florists wire

• floral pics

• white craft paint and small artist's brush

• low heat glue gun and glue sticks

• Faux red berry branch (I used one large branch)

• boxwood cuttings about 6" in length (I trimmed a few boxwood sprigs from my garden even though this is not a great time of year to be pruning box. You can also often find swags of boxwood in stores during the holidays.)

• 6 pinecones

• gold glitter branches of assorted lengths 

• ladybugs (I got mine at the Dollar Store.)

• spool of plaid ribbon ( 4 yard spool of 1.5" wide ribbon)

Insert some boxwood sprigs and gold glitter branches into your wreath and allow them to catch in the mix of evergreens. 

Take a large stem of faux red berries and cut the stem into several smaller branches. (I made mine 6-10" in length) Add them into the wreath.

Finally, take a single large stem of glittery eucalyptus (Michaels craft store) and cut it into a number of shorter branches. Insert them into your wreath. 

Take some white craft paint and dry-brush "snow" onto the pinecones. Allow the paint to dry. 

Cut a length of light gage florist's wire (approx. 10-12"). Wrap the florist wire around the base of your pinecone and twist a knot to close the wire around the pinecone's base. 

Take the extra lengths of wire and poke them through the evergreen wreath. Twist the loose ends of wire at the back of the wreath into a knot to fix the pinecones to the wreath.

Take a ladybug and apply a dab of hot glue onto the back. Place the ladybug on one of the gold branches. Hold it for a few seconds until the hot glue has set. Continue to add more ladybugs around the circumference of the wreath.

Make a plaid bow. Turn it over and run a length of florist's wire through the bow's centre knot. 

Poke the ends of the wire through the wreath and twist a knot on the wreath's reverse side to fix the bow in place. I also tied in a few in bells.

Trim away any excess wire with your wire cutters. Turn the raw ends of wire back into the wreath so 
you won't get cut when you hang your wreath. 

Create a wire loop to hang the finished wreath and enjoy the holidays!

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