Megan Amey
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

Posts tagged wreath making
How To Make a Twinkly Festive Wreath

Being a flat dweller, no one will see a wreath on my door! 

 So I made one for my window, complete with twinkly copper wire lights. To make your own, you’ll need: 

  1. Coloured paper of your choice (you could even make a pink one!)

  2. Embroidery hoop (mine is 12 inches, but you can make it as big or small as you want, I like the idea of a tiny one)

  3. Hot glue gun & glue sticks

  4. Scissors or scalpel, depending on how perfect you want to get

  5. Paint (I used gouache, but poster/acrylic would be perfect, too!)

  6. Paintbrush

  7. Ribbon or twine in your choice of colour

  8. Battery powered string lights

  9. Lastly, if you need a hand with leaf shapes, download my printable

Start out by cutting out your leaves and berries (this is where my Printable comes in if you need a hand coming up with some shapes). These can be anything you like - holly, oak, ginkgo, eucalyptus, or a mixture of a few things. I then painted them to add some texture, let them dry, and with a pencil curved some of the edges, and pinched some between my fingers to add dimension and make them look more “realistic”.

Now that all your leaves are ready, start positioning them around the embroidery hoop without glueing, so you can get the placement vaguely how you want it. Take a photo! 

It’s hot glue time! Start glueing and placing the leaves on to the embroidery hoop, make sure to put any excess leaves on the back as well, so it looks pretty from both sides! 

We’re almost done... next, tie a bow and add it either to the centre at the bottom, or the centre at the top of the wreath, glueing it so that it stays in place. Aaaaand finally! Wrap the string lights around the wreath, placing some in front and some behind the leaves - you don’t need to be too neat with this; wonky is cute!

*clap clap clap* ta da! Hang in your window, fellow flat dweller, and enjoy!

DIY Festive Door Hanging / Wreath

How To Make A DIY Christmas Door Hanging

This afternoon we walked Milo and foraged a few festive looking leafy and twiggy things for me to make into a door hanging, and picked up the teeniest tree(!!!!so cute).

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I am by no means an authority on floristry, but if you would like to give it a go, this is what you'll need/I used:

1. Sturdy twig 2. Foraged twigs, leafy branches, maybe some holly - anything you can find that looks vaguely festive! 3. Pine/yew branch. I bought mine from Waitrose 4. Twine 5. Ribbon in colour of your own choosing. Mine came from Tiger last Christmas. Gold or silver would definitely look good. Or navy...or pink. Okay I'll stop. 6. Anything sparkly that is easily attached. You could use baubles, glitter, wired beads like mine, anything you fancy.

I started off by attaching a length of twine to both ends of a sturdy twig

Then I trimmed a pine branch to my desired length and tied it to one end of the twig, and the centre of the twig so that it didn't droop too much. I left the ribbon hanging in the centre as I thought it looked pretty and acted as another layer to the whole thing (I bought these pine branches, as apparently they are impossible to find where I live, I've never noticed it before!)

Next up was attaching some other foraged twigs and ivy and wrapping some red ribbon around the ends of all the branches for a bit more colour.

And finally I attached some wired beads that I had left over from a present that was beautifully wrapped for me from last year, to add a bit of sparkle, and wrapped more ribbon around the ends to neaten it up - finished by tying a simple bow. TA-DA! So simple, and super quick, but I'm liking it! If you make your own, make sure to show me on instagram; tag me with @meganamey