Monday, November 30, 2015

Naughty or Nice Blog Tour: Andrea Lawrence

Oooh! Crafts! I love crafts and I want to welcome Andrea Lawrence to the blog! Welcome!

I know you’ve seen them. Whether you’ve eyed them at the local arts fair or a craft store, you’ve no doubt come across the recent deco-mesh-ribbon wreath trend. Beautiful and customizable to any trend or theme, they’re a perfect decoration for the holidays. At least until you look at the price tag. I’ve seen them on sale for more than a hundred dollars. No way. Today I’m going to tell you how to make your own. The process is deceptively simple and only limited by your own artistic eye.

At a minimum, you need:

  • 1 16″ or 18″ metal wire wreath frame (floral department)
  • 1 large roll of deco mesh ribbon (Christmas or floral department)
  • 1 small roll of deco ribbon mesh (Christmas or floral department)
  • 1 package of chenille wire stems (art & fabric craft department)
  • Scissors
  • Optional items include wire ribbon in a coordinating color and decorative ornaments (Christmas or floral department)
The craft stores will normally have the deco mesh, ribbon and decorative ornaments on sale with their Christmas crafts. You also have the option of purchasing wire frames that have chenille ties already attached in the Christmas department. They typically cost more, but come in colors like red, green and gold, which may blend better with your ribbon.

Here’s my craft supply stash from a recent wreath making binge. You can see it’s best to have it all together and ready to go. The process moves pretty quickly once you get started.

Step 1 – Cut the chenille stems in half, then twist them around the wreath like bread ties to secure them while leaving the ends free to twist around the mesh. Alternate between the inside ring and the outside ring of the wreath. I typically try to use three ties per section for a nice, full wreath.

Step 2 – Open the roll of large mesh. Gather the end in your hand and secure it to the inside ring of the wreath with any tie. Tuck the ends out of the way and make sure the tie is tight enough so the mesh doesn’t come loose.

Step 3 – Beginning with the end affixed to the wreath, make a generous loop of mesh (the size of the loop depends on the wreath) and pinch the end together so you can secure it to the nearby outside ring of the wreath with a chenille stem.

Step 4 – Gather a similar size loop of mesh and secure it to the inside ring of the wreath with another chenille stem.

Step 5 – Repeat this process, going all the way around the wreath in a back-and-forth pattern until you’re back where you started. Trim the excess ribbon and secure the ends with a chenille tie.

Step 6 – Open a small deco mesh roll and secure it to the wreath with a tie as you did with the large roll. Repeat the process using additional chenille stems, alternating the smaller ribbon with the larger ribbon, filling in the gaps.

Step 7 – If you opt to include additional ribbon, you can add it at this point. You can either run it back and forth as you did with the mesh to fill in gaps, cut notched pieces and attach them in small sections like the trailing ends of bows, attach curled sections of ribbon or deco mesh...whatever looks best to you. Play with it. The best part of this is that everything is attached with the chenille stems, so if you don’t like it, you can remove it and change it.

Step 8 – Now attach any decorative elements such as poinsettias, holly and so forth to the wreath, using the remaining chenille stems.

Step 9 – Once everything is attached the way you want it, turn the wreath over. Tuck away the ends of the chenille stems so they aren’t visible from the front and make sure everything is secure and tidy.

All done! Below is a collection of a few of the wreaths I’ve made. Once you’ve made one, the process gets much easier. I have a lot of fun putting together combinations of colors and decorations. You can see below that I’ve made wreaths for not only Christmas, but for fall, Halloween and even a baby shower. The options are limitless.

Good luck making your own ribbon wreath. If you get stuck or confused, check out any of the several videos on YouTube that show the step-by-step process.

Happy holidays!
Andrea

Andrea Laurence loves Christmas. Her December release, A White Wedding Christmas, combines her love of the holidays with her love of weddings. It’s a winning combination available December 3 at all bookstores and online booksellers. I know you’ve seen them. Whether you’ve eyed them at the local arts fair or a craft store, you’ve no doubt come across the recent deco-mesh-ribbon wreath trend. Beautiful and customizable to any trend or theme, they’re a perfect decoration for the holidays. At least until you look at the price tag. I’ve seen them on sale for more than a hundred dollars. No way. Today I’m going to tell you how to make your own. The process is deceptively simple and only limited by your own artistic eye.
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Tour Schedule:

Monday, Novemer 30th - Books and Things
Wednesday, December 2nd - Romancing Rakes For the Love of Romance
Friday, December 4th - Supernatural Snark

Monday, December 7th - Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, December 9th - Rather Be Reading Blog
Friday, December 11th - Obsessed by Books

Monday, December 14th - Rainy days and Pajamas
Wednesday, December 16th - That Artsy Reader Girl
Friday, December 18th - In the Hammock

Monday, December 21st - Whatever You Can Still Betray
Wednesday, December 23rd - Reading Reality
Friday, December 25th - Little Miss Drama Queen

22 comments:

  1. I love these! They are absolutely gorgeous. But here's the deal: I'll have to have someone else make one for me because I am the absolute worst at crafts. I am aesthetically challenged and can't make a single thing with my hands. Not if I want it to look pretty.

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  2. I'm suddenly feeling crafty. Seriously. Knowing me, by the time I get all the items, I'd be over it. lol. I did see a condom wreath on Pinterest that I want to make for my son to put up at his school (college). lol

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  3. Those wreaths are so cool! I feel like even my non-crafty self might be able to make something somewhat appealing to the eye:) Thanks so much for being a part of the tour, Melissa!

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    1. Thanks for letting me be a part of the tour, Jenny!

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  4. Seriously - they aren't as hard as they look. When I did my first one, I sat back and went - hey! It looks good! Anyone can do it.

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    1. Thanks for being on the blog! I concur, they are so much fun to make!!

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  5. I so need to make one of those! Love this idea!

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  6. As big a disaster with crafts as I am in the kitchen - so accident prone I'm not even allowed anywhere near a sharp pair of scissors let alone a glue gun. That however doesn't stop me from admiring the time and skill it takes to produce such wonderful things.

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  7. Those wreaths are gorgeous. I have a friend that makes them and it isn't too hard once you get going.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  8. i love the wreaths. They are gorgeous. I just don't have the time or patience for crafts these days like I used to. I would have to make these with help.

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  9. Thanks so much Andrea for having a craft on the blog. Love your post and I have made one of these for halloween. So much fun!

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  10. Hmm, no, I have not seen those here

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  11. oh those are so cute o.o thank you for sharing!

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  12. So pretty! My mom likes to make these. :D

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  13. Oh wow, I love them. I am so making these.

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  14. Oh it's beautiful! we don't really do that in France but I like them!

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  15. I love holiday reads, and wow the wreaths are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing :)

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  16. Wow, those are beautiful wreaths! I don't know that I have the talent. All my stuff turns out looking messy. :(

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  17. I am so not crafty! I probably couldn't even pull that off! lol

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  18. Wow! The wreaths look amazing! I wish I had the patience!!

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