This past Christmas I purchased a live evergreen wreath for the first time from a school fundraiser. I enjoyed it so much and since it still looks good in January, I decided to remake it for a Winter wreath to use for a couple more weeks.
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The fundraising company who supplied the wreath for the student fundraiser, also supplied small painted pine cone picks and a red bow.
You know the type of bow I’m talking about.
The old fashioned velvet kind with plastic backing on one side. The type of ribbon meant to be exposed to the winter weather without fading. That type of ribbon serves a purpose, but let’s be honest – it is ugly.
Since I was hanging my evergreen wreath underneath a shelter, I decided to ditch that ugly bow and used a red buffalo check bow from my own stash. However, I did add in the painted pine cone picks and just called it done. It was a festive and simple wreath for the holidays. I liked the easy simplicity of it after decorating 5 trees inside the house for the Christmas season.
I needed a wreath for the winter months.
Once Christmas was over and the New Year had arrived I just didn’t want to take it down. It actually had held up really well in the unexpected warm days we had during the month of December in East TN. To me it was still pretty and still smelled wonderful.
January quickly brought cold and snow which inspired the new look for this evergreen wreath.
Everything I used to remake this evergreen Christmas wreath to a Winter themed evergreen wreath I pulled out of my craft stash or old Christmas décor. You can find similar items online or just use what you have for your own version. Even if you don’t have an evergreen wreath available, this project can still be duplicated using a faux evergreen wreath as well.
To start, I removed everything off the wreath.
I then created a new bow using ribbon I had impulsively picked up at Walmart back in October and my Deluxe EZ Bowmaker. One of my favorite purchases on Amazon!
This Holiday Time Line Art Ribbon is adorable and I had no idea what I was going to use this ribbon for at the time but I liked the miniature houses on the ribbon, so I bought it. It is currently on clearance and I am tempted to buy more for next year.
Large Pine Cones were a necessity for this Winter wreath.
Back in the Fall of last year, my husband would randomly pick up these large pine cones in our neighborhood when he would walk our German Shepherd. The pine trees in our own yard only produce small pine cones so I was so excited when he kept picking up and gathering these larger pine cones along the wooded lots that surround our neighborhood. And no, these are not from another neighbor’s yard!
These large pine cones were perfect for the makeover of this evergreen wreath.
You can buy large pine cones on Amazon if you don’t live near a wooded lot.
I had already cleaned and baked these to use weeks ago so I don’t have that step to show you. But they were washed and then baked in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes, flipped over, and baked another 30 minutes to dry them out and kill off any bug eggs.
For the January snow theme of the evergreen wreath, I painted the tips of each pine cone with white acrylic paint and allowed to dry.
Also in my Christmas and craft stash, were these small felt snowballs.
Just as a side note, if you ever make a similar garland, remember that when you store glitter painted pine cones and felt balls together they will stick to each other. I haven’t used this garland in two years because the strands were a stuck together tangled mess. I don’t have plans to ever use the garland again so I just cut the snowballs off one of the strands to use for this wreath. Reuse and recycle is always a good thing.
Using hot glue, I easily attached the large pine cones with clusters of the felt snowballs to the wreath. If you don’t have a bag of felt snowballs, wool dryer balls or large pom poms will work just as well.
This impulse idea really changed the look of this evergreen wreath for Winter.
Since I already had the white acrylic paint out, on impulse I grabbed the brush and started adding white paint to the evergreen branches to mimic snow covered branches.
Finally the entire wreath looks perfect for some Wintery weather, which our forecast is predicting more for us this weekend. I am thrilled that I can continue to use this wreath for several more weeks.
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I can enjoy this evergreen wreath even longer and just plan to replace it by March. Hopefully for early Spring weather.
Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him”