{make it merry: 14 days & 14 DIY ideas}

November 26, 2011

A few weeks ago, the lovely Diane of home sweet homemade asked me to be part of the blog collaboration Make it Merry, honoring Winter and Christmas time.
I loved the idea and was really excited when she asked me to post about Wreaths & Door Swags.
All in all there are 14 days & 14 DIY ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing all the other participants and I hope that you will visit as well (just click the blog names on the image below for each day)! :)
nifty thrifty things the blue velvet chair homework project possessed meridian road modern country style Truly Lovely home sweet homemade Jill Ruth & Co. Rustique Art hello lovely inc. Decor to Adore Inspire Me Heather Ladybird Ln Image Map

On to the door wreath:
This is yet another project I worked on together with my mom and we each made a wreath to hang on our door.
My mom’s wreath:
My wreath:
What you’ll need:
  • vine wreath
  • crafting wire
  • pruning shears
my mom’s wreath:
  • different pine tree limbs
  • olive
  • hydrangea
  • walnuts
  • pine cones
  • beechnuts
  • anise stars
my wreath:
  • different pine tree limbs
  • ivy
  • boxwood branches
  • ilex
  • cinnamon sticks
  • anise stars
How to:
Start by gathering up a few pine tree branches and wrap the wire around and around and around.. ..adding more branches, ilex, boxwood, ivy, hydrangea, …
Make sure to cover the whole vine wreath with greens and if necessary go back in to fill little gaps by wrapping smaller branches into the wreath.
Create a little hook out of the wire and attach it to the wreath to hang it on the door.
Depending on what you want to use, decorate the wreath with anise stars, walnuts, pine cones, cinnamon sticks and/or beechnuts.
  • Wrap 5–6 cinnamon sticks with wire and attach to the wreath with a hot glue gun.
  • The walnuts and pine cones can also be attached with a hot glue gun.
  • Twist golden wire around the anise stars and/or beechnuts and wrap them along the wire to make a string. Wrap the string of anise stars and/or beechnuts around the wreath.

PS: It’s a little messy.. But totally worth it! ;)

I’m partying here

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  1. I’m loving that! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I can’t wait to get started this year.

  2. Inspire Me Heather says:

    What a merry lovely post! Both of your wreaths are gorgeous — thanks for your tutorial too!

  3. Rachel W K says:

    gorgeous traditional wreaths! this 14 days of diy is such a neat idea!

  4. I love that you and your mom made them together — makes my heart leap for joy! That sounds like the most merry thing of all :) And your wreaths are gorgeous! xo, diane

  5. loving the wreaths and the DOUGH BOWL. omg. so beautiful.


  6. I like your bowl with supplies almost as much as the finished wreath! I think it’s hard to make a nice looking wreath and you guys made two awesome ones!

  7. Seaweed and Raine says:

    Really pretty. One year my sister made me a wreath for Christmas — I still have it and use it, although it’s about ready to be retired I think.

  8. Oh my goodness, I can just imagine how wonderful these smell! Thanks for the motivation to get a wreath done this year!

  9. Wow, your wreath is out right gorgeous! Easy tutorial. I’m a new follower, I would love a visit, whenever you have a chance.

  10. Blue Velvet Chair says:

    Even more special given it was a shared time with your mom!

  11. Wow they’re gorgeous.…even made more so that it was a shared adventure with the mom. Awesome!

  12. Suzanne@Meridian Road says:

    They’re both gorgeous! I’ve never made a wreath from live materials, but it looks fun.

  13. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

    LOVE the natural element of both wreaths! :) Looks like day 2 of Make it Merry was a success!

  14. Two beautiful wreaths!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  15. Very pretty!

  16. Coleen McCrea Katz says:

    This is a fabulous tutorial!!! Very detailed and excellent photos! Stopping by from Vintage Wanna Bee blog hop.


  17. Cathy @My 1929 Charmer says:

    You’ve inspired me to make my own wreath, they are so prettier than fake. BUT I have sooooooooo many fake. Why did I do that? thanks for showing us how to do, love tutorials of any kind. Thanks for sharing over at Sunday’s Best. Love your creative ideas!

  18. Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    This is a gorgeous wreath! Well done. I also dearly love your advent calender.

  19. Ladybird Ln says:

    Wow, these are just beautiful! I bet it smells just as pretty as it looks, I really like all of the natural elements!


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