After a weather delay in Chicago last night, I am happy to be home from the CHA Show. It’s been a mild winter around here and it’s easy to forget the hazards of wintertime travel. We’ve had too few of those magical, winter days when the snow glistens and sparkles under a clear blue sky. Kathleen’s George’s Sparkling, Winter Snowflake Wreath reminds me of how pretty a winter’s day can be! No matter where you are, you can enjoy a little wintertime sparkle with this winter wreath, because you can buy these snowflakes at your local dollar store.
To make a Sparkling, Winter Snowflake Wreath, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” sheet
- Grosgrain ribbon, 1” x 2 yds. in white
- Satin ribbon, 1/8” x 12” in white (hanger)
- Snowflakes in assorted sizes and finishes (Kathleen used 25 snowflakes, which she purchased at a dollar store)
- Embellishments: Pearl beads, crystals, rhinestones, etc.
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins
To make a Sparkling, Winter Snowflake Wreath:
1. With the ruler and a sharp pencil, measure and trace a large oval on the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Kathleen’s oval measured 16” tall and 12” wide. Measure 3” in from your scored line, and trace a smaller oval in the center.
2. Wax the serrated knife with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut out the oval wreath. Press the edges smooth with your fingers.
3. Glue the grosgrain ribbon around the inside and outside edges of the wreath. If needed, use pins to help hold the ribbon in place while the glue dries.
4. Add the snowflakes, using different varieties for each layer:
- Layer one: Glue eight snowflakes evenly around the wreath.
- Layer two: Add eight more snowflakes, filling in the gaps in the first layer.
- Layer three: Arrange and glue on six smaller and two larger snowflakes.
5. Add bling! Glue on pearls, crystals, rhinestones, and other embellishments for extra sparkle.
6. Hang a snowflake in the center of the wreath using a 6” length of 1/8” ribbon.
7. Knot together the ends of a 6” length of 1/8” ribbon. Pin and glue the knot to the back of the wreath for a hanger.
If you’re short on snow this winter, here are a few more winter wreaths to dress up your front door.
How has your winter been?