How To Make Easy Holiday Wreaths (Video)

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I stopped by Cityline to show host Tracy Moore five DIY wreaths that are easy to make. Wreaths are a great way to add a touch of holidays to your décor. Using a wreath form and some simple, inexpensive craft supplies, you can create a piece that’s perfect for the season.

  • A feather boa wreath
    How-to: Wrap a wreath form with five boas, using a hot glue gun to hold them in place.
  • A Christmas ornament wreath
    How-to: Use hot glue to attach plastic Christmas ornaments onto a wreath form. Fill in blank spots with garland.
  • A washi tape wreath (made with Scotch Expressions tape)
    Hot-to: Cover paper with Scotch Expressions tape, then cut out leaf shapes. Tape the leaves onto a wreath form.
  • A marshmallow wreath
    How-to: Place marshmallows onto the ends of toothpicks, then insert the toothpicks into a wreath form. Use glue (or icing if you want to eat the marshmallows later) to keep falling marshmallows in place.
  • A red burlap wreath
    How-to: Cover a wreath form with strips of red burlap. Look for burlap ribbon that has hidden wire along its edges in order to hold its shape.
  • A cookie cutter wreath
    How-to: Use fishing wire to tie together holiday-themed cookie cutters of different sizes.

Watch here…

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Tracy Moore:
We are all about keeping it crafty here on Cityline, especially for the holidays. Denise Wild joins us with some great wreaths.

Denise Wild:
Yes.

Tracy:
So you have some fun everywhere with your sewing projects. I think that’s awesome.

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
But, today the focus is wreaths.

Denise:
It’s wreaths; it’s wreaths that you can easily do. You don’t need to track down difficult, hard-to-find projects.

Tracy:
Good.

Denise:
I have some lovely examples of things that you have around the house or you can head to a Dollar Store to pick up.

Tracy:
Yep.

Denise:
This boa wreath is so beautiful. I’m going to show you how easy they are all to do.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
This one is just with your regular Christmas decorations.

Tracy:
That’s gorgeous.

Denise:
And then, this one is actually made with Scotch tape. I’m going to have you hands-on–

Tracy:
Oh, really?

Denise:
–with this one. It is, yeah.

Tracy:
That’s cool.

Denise:
Of course, marshmallows; Yum! I was hoping to have a giant, big hot chocolate to dip them in. And then the little burlap wreath too.

Tracy:
Very cool. See, all great ideas.

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
And people who are into their wreaths–

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
–it’s difficult to find the right size for your door.

Denise:
Oh, I agree.

Tracy:
Or find the right color. So this is the joy of DIY-ing it; you make it what you want it to be.

Denise:
Right. And if you have lots of doors, now you have lots of different options for you.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
So, let’s talk about how I went ahead and did them.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
The marshmallows, first of all.

Tracy:
Yum.

Denise:
So a little bit tricky to do, but if you have– so you start with a wreath frame.

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
And you can find either wire ones or Styrofoam ones. And then for the marshmallows, I was poking them with toothpicks.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
Easy to do.

Tracy:
Every single marshmallow?

Denise:
Every single marshmallow.

Tracy:
Every single marshmallow.

Denise:
But, also you might need a glue gun too, because they don’t like to stay on.

Tracy:
Oh, boy!

Denise:
This one was a little bit finicky.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
But, you get the idea.

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
And then you go around. If you have a wire frame that you’re using, you can wrap it with newspaper. If you peek behind there, you’ll see that’s what I did.

Tracy:
Okay. So, basically, you’re just sticking this into the Styrofoam frame?

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
And you’re doing this a gazillion times?

Denise:
A gazillion times!

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
Fun for the– fun if you’re looking for a fun activity also for the kids?

Denise:
To spend all weekend-long doing.

Tracy:
This is your whole Saturday?

Denise:
Yes. Keep them busy. Make sure they don’t eat too many.

Tracy:
Yes. They’ll be very busy. They will not be on technology.

Denise:
And these ones are great gifts. A wreath is a wonderful gift.

Tracy:
That’s true.

Denise:
You don’t want to bring a regular hostess gift. Why not bring something that you made?

Tracy:
Yeah, nice.

Denise:
So on the same idea of food.

Tracy:
Yeah?

Denise:
You could also do cookie– cookie cutters.

Tracy:
Look at this.

Denise:
These are just regular cookie cutters that you have.

Tracy:
A great idea.

Denise:
And, again, a great gift. You can bring it with a cookie mix. Just tie them together with wire, so that– or fishing wire, so that they can be cut apart and easily used.

Tracy:
Oh, that’s lovely. So you actually get a– you actually get a functional gift, right?

Denise:
Yes. And then the Scotch tape. I was telling you about this and, in fact, it is made with Scotch Tape. So these are Scotch Expressions tape.

Tracy:
Wow.

Denise:
I want to have you do this with me.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
So, just get a piece of paper and you’re going to cover the paper with tape. The great thing– you know, crafting–

Tracy:
Just anywhere?

Denise:
–doesn’t always have to be messy. Yeah. And, actually, what you’ll do is cover the entire thing. So we’re going to cover this up and then cut them out. So there are a whole bunch of different selections.

Tracy:
Oh, I see. Okay.

Denise:
What I do is– so I cut them.

Tracy:
You can use different colours. Can I put different colours in there?

Denise:
Yeah. Absolutely. Oh, that’s a great idea! You can mix them up. Different colours, different patterns, a little argyle, a little polka dot.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
And then once we have this covering our paper.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
So this one– you know, it took some time, but it just has such a beautiful look to it.

Tracy:
Can you cut that one for me?

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
Because, I’m messing it up.

Denise:
Oh, yeah. Let’s do that.

Tracy:
Perfect.

Denise:
So, once we have them down, we’ll cut them into little tabs and then we can tape them on.

Tracy:
So that’s how you did it?

Denise:
Exactly. One by one.

Tracy:
So when it comes to actually sticking them onto the Styrofoam, are you gluing them on?

Denise:
Some were glued. Some were– I used the regular tape.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
And, you know, just whatever works, whatever happens. You know, sometimes you have to get creative, but these Expressions Tapes are awesome.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
So they’re washi tapes and Scotch tapes and, you know, they come in just so many different colours. We can go sparkly; we can do a rainbow of colors, all different patterns.

Tracy:
My daughter loves them.

Denise:
They’re so much fun.

Tracy:
Oh, my gosh. She takes them, sticks them all over her arms and her face.

Denise:
Oh, okay.

Tracy:
She’s like, “Look mommy, I have a beard.” I don’t know.

Denise:
Oh, a Scotch tape beard. I like that idea.

Tracy:
This is what happens when you don’t let your kid on tablets. She’s like, “Show me a beard.”

Denise:
Scotch tape beards.

Tracy:
Yeah, like sparkle beards. I don’t know.

Denise:
That’s wonderful. So–

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
And then, you know, you can make your own bows. I DIY’d some of the bows, but then you can just buy them at the dollar store. You know, a lot of these–

Tracy:
Aren’t these pretty?

Denise:
–things are really easy to do.

Tracy:
Yeah. So you can put this–

Denise:
The Christmas–

Tracy:
Oh, with the Christmas balls?

Denise:
The Christmas balls – the one wreath that was made of Christmas balls. Just make sure you’re not buying the glass ones, right?

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
You don’t want to have a little bit of an accident. And then you can take some garland, fill in any of the holes.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Then for the boa.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
If you don’t want to do boa you could also do faux fur.

Tracy:
Oh, this is nice.

Denise:
I forgot to warn you that the blade is out.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
So, here’s a little faux fur sewing trick. You don’t want to cut faux fur. You can cut it with scissors.

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
What you have to do, instead, is come from the back and use an X-Acto Knife.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
Because, that way you are cutting just the backing and then you don’t cut up all of the little fur.

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
So when you separate it, then you don’t have a hundred little fur pieces everywhere.

Tracy:
Got it.

Denise:
So that’s what you do and then just hot glue this around.

Tracy:
Very cool. Oh, that would be very lux looking.

Denise:
Yeah.

Tracy:
The boa one–

Denise:
Right.

Tracy:
–I’ve made in the past and I just got one of the Styrofoam – um, Styrofoam – like the holders.

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
And then just wrapped it.

Denise:
Right.

Tracy:
It’s so easy.

Denise:
Yeah. It’s super easy to do.

Tracy:
You just wrap your boa around.

Denise:
Yeah.

Tracy:
It’s amazing.

Denise:
If you have a glue– you know, a glue gun handy.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Scotch tape handy and then you fix everything up and–

Tracy:
Really nice.

Denise:
–you’re good to go.

Tracy:
Listen, I love your crafts.

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