Christmas Wreath DIY
Easy and natural decoration for your home
Making this Christmas wreath was such fun DIY! Again, I got to use some beautiful natural elements. Some I collected outside and some are simple tools you can get literally anywhere for really cheap. For the wreath aesthetic I got inspiration from the beauty of cotton stems. They are a favourite piece in neutral or rustic home decor because of their gorgeous shapes. They are also often used by photographers and desigers because of the sophisticated simplicity. However, original cotton stems are not so easy to find. That’s why I decided to look for a simple way to make my own.
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How to make a cotton wreath
The fluffiness of cotton is ideal for Christmas. It’s a beautiful indication of white snow, comfort and cosiness – all so relevant to the Christmas time! Plus the cotton wreath looks really stylish and if you look after it, it’s perfectly reusable! Also, the places where you can use it are many. Depending on the size of your wreath, you can make a large piece for the front door. Smaller sizes are gorgeous in the hallway, staircase or kitchen. Plus you can use a small cotton wreath for a festive table setting or on the shelve with a candle. What a versitile DIY anyone can make and enjoy!
There is one more thing about this wreath that I really love! If you look after it well, it will last! Even though the wreath frame is made of actual branches, they will be as good as new for at least a couple of years. I picked them fresh outside which made the making process easier as well. What you want to work with are flexible branches because the drier they get the more prone they are to breaking. But once they’re bent and secured into a wreath, they’ll stay like this for a while without deteriorating. And the same goes for the DIY cotton bolls. All you need to do is keeping them clean while on display. Once you store them simply wrap them in a sheet of paper and place inside a box.
Christmas Wreath DIY
- a pack of loose cotton or basic cotton balls
- yute twine thread
- tree branches picked outside
- a thin crafts wire
- a pair of scissors (I LOVE these profi bonsai ones!)
- metallic gold thread for hanging (optional)
Picking the branches
Making this cotton Christmas DIY wreath is really easy. I began by taking a walk outside, taking a few photos of the autumn nature, golden leaves and the misty landscape. Eventually I came to a large branch of a birch tree that fell off during the storm. Wherever possible, I try to use elements of nature that somehow fell to the ground naturally. Most of the time there’s enough already laying around and it’s all free to use for fun crafts.
Making the wreath ring
I collected the best and most flexible branches that would be great for wreath making. As mentioned above, it’s the easiest to work with pieces that aren’t completely dry because they don’t break easily. To make the wreath I took a couple of branches and tied them together with a small piece of the crafts wire. I continued around, adding more branches approx. 20 – 30cm long each and bent them into a circle. Eventually the ends met and formed a ring. To add some extra volume I added a few more to the ring.
How to make the cotton balls
The next step was to make the cotton balls. To do that, I first prepared several approx. 15cm long pieces of the yute twine thread. Then I began making the cotton balls about the same size as a pre-made cotton balls would be, 2 – 3cm each. To make the cotton ball look realistic, take one of the twine pieces, place the ball in the middle and tie around cross-wise as if it were a gift. Then tie a couple of knots to secure the cotton ball inside the twine. Make sure to leave the twine long enough to be able to tie it to the branch wreath. This will be the last step.
To finish your Christmas cotton DIY wreath, tie the cotton balls all around the ring facing upwards. The wreath will be beautifully suitable for hanging as well as the flat table setting. I hanged mine and used a metallic gold thread to do that. Metallic thread is simple, delicate and looks classy and festive!
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