I’ve made a lot of wreaths, and shared even more, but I’ve never seen a Christmas wreath like the one Debi Schmitz shares with us today. After wrapping her Cozy, Plaid Christmas Wreath in a warm & welcoming plaid flannel, Debi added a trio of battery-operated candles. Wow, does this amp up the warm and cozy (and cool!) factor. I’ve never seen a wreath like this, have you? I don’t think you can find a more welcoming, DIY Christmas wreath than this cozy, candle-lit, Plaid Flannel Wreath.
To make a Cozy Plaid Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, 12” x 2” wreath; 2” x 2” x 6” scrap
- Flannel fabric, 2/3 yd.
- Silk evergreen and/or spruce stems, four (optional: be sure at least one includes pine cones)
- Gold berries, one stem
- Ribbon, gold lamé, 5/8” x 2 yds.
- Battery operated candles, 2″ dia., and 4″, 3″ and 2″ tall
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; wire cutter; U-pins; craft pins; round toothpicks; optional: rotary cutter and rotary cutting mat.
To make a Cozy Plaid Wreath:
1. Cut the flannel fabric into approximately 1-½” strips. Wrap the wreath in the flannel strips, pinning and gluing each end to the back of the wreath. Overlap the strips as you go, making sure to cover the wreath completely.
2. Create the platform for the candles:
- Cut out the wreath insert pattern, and pin the pattern to the 2” thick scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
- Using a sharp pencil, trace around the pattern, scoring the foam.
- Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the wreath insert.
- Check the fit to be sure the insert fits snugly in the lower curve of the wreath. If needed, sand the insert to fit using a scrap piece of foam.
3. Cover the insert with flannel fabric.
4. Insert and glue three toothpicks in the rounded edge of the insert. Pick and glue the curved insert into the wreath.
5. Cut a 10″ x 3″ strip of flannel, and pin and glue to the back of the wreath so that it extends above the insert. This strip will help hold the candles in place.
6. Hanger: Place glue on ends of a U-pin and insert in the center back of the wreath.
7. Decorate the wreath:
- Cut the evergreen and spruce stems into 4 – 6 pieces, and the bead stem into 2-3 shorter lengths.
- Arrange the stems at the bottom of the wreath.
- Secure with low-temp glue and U-pins.
- Using U-pins, loop an extra strip of flannel through the arrangement.
- Make a bow with 4-1/2” loops and 12” tails from the gold ribbon. Pin and glue in place.
8. Place the candles on the platform.
What do you think of Debi’s wreath? Have you ever thought to add battery-operated candles to a wreath? I don’t think it could be any more cozy, do you?
Update: Yikes, I forgot to include these Mad for Plaid & Paisley Ornaments in the original post, so I’m adding them now. If you have leftover plaid fabric scraps after making the wreath, then check out the pretty plaid ornaments Patty Schaffer shared with us earlier!
Happy almost Halloween weekend!