It began innocently enough: I was walking through Target attempting to select the perfect Christmas decorations for my home. Quickly, I found my cart was overflowing with a variety of items. One problem: I had yet to choose a wreath. I zipped over to the wreath aisle, which was, in my opinion, a bit extensive. All too soon I realized, not only were they expensive, but also very unoriginal. Believe me, I like tradition, but sometimes you just have to step out of the box a little. I left the store with no wreath feeling empty inside.
Not to worry, I immediately began searching ideas for Christmas wreaths. I came across a wreath made of wine corks and jingle bells, and thought it would be easy, and also inexpensive. Thus began the process of making my very own wreath!
Making the Wreath
I made mine a little different than the one pictured on that website. They used a total of 22 corks and 22 jingle bells. I used a total of 38 corks and 37 jingle bells. Instead of using all red bells, I incorporated green as well. I also used a variety of sizes, rather than one size.
I wanted my wreath larger, as I wanted it to be hung outside on the door. The wreath in the link is to be hung inside, therefore, they made it smaller.
Items you will need:
- Floral Wire
- Jingle Bells – the number depends on how large you would like it to be
- Corks – the number depends on how large you would like it to be
- Ice pick or drill
First you will need to drill a hole about 1/4 of an inch from the top of the cork. You will then need to drill a hole about 1/4 of an inch from the bottom of the cork. It is very tricky, but you need to try your best to make sure the holes line up. ( I used an ice pick, which may not have been the most accurate way, but it’s all I had) After all the holes are drilled, you begin threading floral wire through the bottom of the cork. (The bottom of the cork, in this case, will be the fatter end. They will be pointing to the inside of the wreath)
You can loosely tie the ends together to hold it while you are completely the other tasks. With another piece of wire, begin stringing it through the top (pointing outside) of the corks. Alternate with the bells.
Upon completion of stringing all corks and bells, pull the wire as tight as possible and tie each piece of wire.
Tie your ribbon and you’re done! Or so they said…
At this point, I had a major problem. My wreath would not hold its form when I held it up. Devastation set in. Quickly I looked for a solution. I cut a piece of cardboard and glued (with a special scrapbooking glue, that will hold a bumper to a car) the wreath to the cardboard. Due to my precise cutting, you cannot see the cardboard.
Finally, I had a masterpiece. I still am unsure why it did not hold the form. I followed the instructions exactly. In the end, it doesn’t matter, because I get to look at my beautiful hand-made wreath everyday!