The after-Christmas clearance sales at my local Michaels craft store are just too good to resist.
Not only do I find some great supplies for next year’s Christmas crafting, but sometimes you find a great item to use for winter crafting as well. For example, I was able to find this great white and glitter covered grapevine wreath for less than $5.00. Since my evergreen wreath at the side entrance is looking a little sad anyway, it was the perfect motivation to make a winter white grapevine wreath.
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It can be so easy to glide in to the winter months in our home décor style by reusing or repurposing items meant for Christmas.
Last year, I just repurposed and updated an evergreen wreath I had hanging at the side entrance for the winter months. I was given an evergreen wreath again this year as a gift, but once I saw the sale price on this winter white painted grapevine wreath at Michaels, there was no way I was going to keep an evergreen wreath up all winter again this year.
Most of the work for this wreath was already done for me. It was painted white and had a layer of glitter all over it already. All I need to do was add some greenery, some sort of embellishment and a bow from my craft stash.
I know the photos don’t show the fine details of this painted grapevine wreath, but it is covered in a layer of glitter over the white paint.
Recently, I have fallen for a stacked bow look for a wreath.
They are so easy to make and can compare patterns and colors from several different ribbon designs. It is actually kind of fun to mix and match the ribbons for a unique looking bow each time.
Pulling some ribbon out of my stash that I bought last year during the Walmart after-Christmas sales that had a cool winter look, I stacked four different colors and patterns for this wreath.
For my winter wreath bow, I used four different ribbons in black and white and neutral colors, and created the bow using my EZ Deluxe Bow Maker.
Starting with one of my favorite ribbons found at Walmart, which is this black and white ribbon with small houses and trees, I created the first layer of the stacked bow. This ribbon is the widest ribbon I used for the bow and the main one used for the tails of the bow as well.
Here are the quick and easy steps to making a stacked bow.
Take the first ribbon to be used, as the bottom layer of the stacked bow, create the tail of the bow, add 4 or 6 loops of ribbon on each side and leave a length at the end for the second tail.
Next, take the second roll of ribbon, and create 4-6 loops on top of the first ribbon, but in shorter lengths. Cut each end very short so that they can be hidden within the loops of the bow.
Add in the third, and fourth ribbon if you chosen 4 different ribbons, in the same way on top of the second and first layers of loops.
The last ribbon you use, should also be used to make the small loop for the center of the bow before cutting off the ribbon from the spool.
Secure all of the ribbons together with a pipe cleaner and spread out and fluff each loop as you like.
These photos show my first version of this stacked bow I made for the wreath. But once I attached it to the grapevine wreath, I decided it was just too small. So I remade the entire bow with eight loops for the first layer, and four to six loops for the other three layers of ribbons. The difference is shown in the final photos.
My craft stash really needs to be cleaned out, so of course I used items I already had on hand.
To decorate the winter wreath I cut up a lamb’s ear garland leftover from my daughter’s wedding, and attached small pine cones I gathered from my own yard. I intended to use those tiny house ornaments shown in the photo on the wreath but in the end I decided that natural pine cones were the best addition to the wreath.
For this wreath I used:
- White Grapevine Wreath Form
- Lamb’s Ear garland and stems
- Pipe Cleaners
- Small Pine Cones
- Decorative Ribbons
- White Acrylic Paint
I think lamb’s ear stems are such a soft fuzzy look for winter wreaths. Adding in the small pines cones enhanced that look.
Once I hot glued on the small pine cones, I decided they were a bit too dark against the white wreath and the lamb’s ear stems. Applying a thin layer of white acrylic paint to the pine cones fixed that problem and soften the overall look of the wreath.
When I added in the much bigger stacked ribbon bow, I think it completed the look for the wreath without needing to add in the small miniature house ornaments. I will just use them for garland on my mantel instead.
A stacked ribbon bow is also a great way to use up smaller pieces of ribbon left on a spool that aren’t enough to make a full bow by itself.
I really like how this wreath came out in the end. And I really like that another craft project lost in the chaos of my craft room has been completed and I get to enjoy it.
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Now you should really go visit all of the other talented bloggers who participated this month in the Creative Craft Hop starting with this DIY Dollar Tree Valentine Door Hanger shared by Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers.
Proverbs 10:4 Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.