Thursday, November 19, 2015

Teddy Bears & Toys Holiday Wreath

To make this wreath you need:

• basic store-bought evergreen wreath

• berry clusters 

• wire cutters

• light gage florists wire

• wooden holiday ornaments

• glue gun and glue sticks

• teddy bear ornaments (mine came from Sears and were about $6 each)

• red gingham ribbon with wired edge (craft store)

• floral pics (craft store)

Before you start, turn your wreath over and create a wreath hanger with a loop of florist's wire (if there isn't a hanger already). 

I also removed the original bow and pinecones from my store-bought evergreen wreath.

Step 1: I was able to find ready-to-go berry clusters wrapped in floral tape. If you can't find something similar, cut a larger branch with faux berries into smaller pieces (about 6-8 inches long). 

Working in a circle, insert the berry clusters into your wreath and allow them to catch in the mix of evergreens. 

Step 2: Make a 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. 

Trim away any excess wire with your wire cutters. 

Step 3: Remove the teddy bear ornament rope hangers, if there are any. Turn your teddies over. Insert a safety pin into each bear and fasten it (Note: I used a giant safety pin so it would be easier to see in this demonstration. You can use a much smaller one.) 

Attach a length of wire to each safety pin.

Place all the teddies on the top of your wreath to help you to determine placement. Remove all but one, once you know approximately where you want them to sit. 

Now attach the the first bear. Poke the ends of the wire through the wreath and twist a knot on the wreath's reverse side to fix the teddy bear in place.

Add back the other teddies, one at a time.

Step 4: I used small wooden ornaments to make my "toys".

Remove the hanger from the ornament. Place a generous glob of glue at the base of the wooden ornament and insert a floral pic into the glue. Hold the floral pic in place for a minute to let the glue set.

Place your toys on the wreath in between the teddies and the berries.

You're done! There is nothing left to do now, but hang up your wreath and enjoy it.
Happy holidays!

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