Have you ever visited a Holiday Bazaar, or a Christmas Bazaar or Holiday Craft Show, if you have then you probably have seen the beautiful homemade Christmas Wreaths that are for sale, maybe you have even bought one before. These wreaths can add a festive look to anyone’s residence, even if you live in an apartment, hanging a wreath on your door, can make it look very nice, wreaths can also be hung on walls, windows, and even fences.
Wreathes don’t just look nice, they can be pretty expensive too, the standard price for a large wreath around here seems to be $25, with some costing even more. These wreaths are homemade, and you can make them yourself instead of buying them, they cost a lot less to make then they sell for, or folks wouldn’t be selling them at the bazaars and other places.
To get started in making Christmas Wreaths, you must first make a base to mount the branches or other items onto, the base is the ring or circle shaped form. You can buy bases already made, craft stores sell wooden rings, heavy wire rings, and even Styrofoam rings. You can also make your own bases, some people make rings out of cut plywood using a jig saw, others use coathangers bent into a ring shape, usually they use two coathangers, wired or taped together, as one is often two flimsy. You can leave the top, hook part as a way to hang the wreath. You can paint the base in a dark green color, or cover it with floral tape, so it will match the evergreen branches.
Once you either purchase or make your own bases, you then must decide on what type of material you will make your holiday wreath from. Most of the traditional looking wreaths are made from the cut branches of evergreen trees. Two types that make nice wreaths are; Douglas Fir and Balsam Fir. Balsam Fir needles are soft when touched, where a lot of evergreen needles are quite sharp and rough.
Besides the so called normal evergreen wreaths, you can make beautiful wreaths from many different things, including: Vines and Red Winterberry branches, Barberry, Hemlock, Spruce, Holly, and many more. Evergreen and other such living wreaths, should be misted every couple of days with water, to keep them green and in better health longer, this also prevents rapid needle and berry loss.
Once you have the base and the main body of your wreath finished, you can decorate it by hot gluing or fastening different things to it, like; pine cones, acorns, leaves, nuts in the shells, small bells, and miniature wrapped presents, ribbons, artificial bird nests and birds.
You can make Holiday Wreaths all winter season, they look great hanging from November to March, during any months that there is snow. You can keep any wreaths you make, and use them to decorate your own house or apartment, or give them away as gifts to friends and family members. Another thing you can do, is sell your wreaths at the Holiday bazaars and craft shows, to make some great extra money. Making Holiday wreaths is something you can do all winter season, it’s a great hobby to help shake the winter blues.
There is a website that describes numerous activities and other methods to help eliminate the Winter Blues, this website is called: Winter Activities – and it may be found at this url: http://www.winter-activities.com
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