Why buy Christmas decorations that are upward of $200 when you can make them for less than $20?
Visit dozens of stores online and in your area, and you will find hundreds of different wreaths. One of my favorite of these Christmas decorations is the square moss wreath that I found at a department store online. I was not about to spend the $200 they were asking, so I studied the concept, and am currently in the process of finishing my own moss wreath.
I couldn’t wait to share these Christmas decoration ideas, so I am thrilled to share my secrets with you in this step-by-step process. Before you get started, be sure to decide if you would like to have a live or artificial wreath. I chose artificial moss so as not to have to repeat this process each year…and believe me, you’ll love this craft so much you’ll want to display this wreath each year.
It’s festive, fun, and like no other wreath on the market! I have chosen to make a square wreath for my moss Christmas decoration. Square frames are more difficult to find, though, so I improvised. However, if you would like to keep it simple, use a round, straw wreath instead of the homemade wreath frame.
— (4) 1x2x15 pieces of wood
— Small nails
— Wood glue
— Hot glue gun and glue sticks
— Sheets of green moss
— 2 spools of different colored ribbon — 2 inches thick
— Staple gun and staples
1. After cutting your wood strips to the correct length, use the hammer and nails to roughly connect the four pieces of wood to form a square (with the 2 inch side of wood facing upward). Reinforce your frame with the wood glue. Allow the frame time to dry before moving on.
2. Once the frame is set, cut your batting to fit snuggly around the wood frame. Wrap each piece of wood and use your staple gun to attach the batting tightly to the frame. Be especially careful around the corners of the wood. It may take some time and creative folding to get the batting to form a clean corner. Once your wood frame is completely covered so that no wood is visible, it’s time to move on to the moss.
3. Just as you did with the batting, cut and fit strips of the moss around the frame. You will need to overlap your pieces of moss so that the batting is completely covered. Use your staple gun to sink staples into each strip of moss. Use the hot glue to stick the remainder of the moss strip to the batting. Cover completely and be sure that it is snug before moving on.
4. Start on the right side of the frame (when looking down on the wreath), and using 1 of the ribbons (keep it on the spool until you’re done) wrap the wreath twice on each side of the square. Use your nail gun to staple the arranged pieces of ribbon to the back of the wreath. Once you have wrapped the four sides of your wreath, cut the end and staple it in place (this should be the top of your wreath).
5. Repeat this step for the second ribbon spool, starting on the opposite side of the wreath and wrapping in the opposite direction. This will form an “X” shape out of the overlapping ribbons on the front side of the wreath. Make sure all staples are in the back of the wreath. If necessary, use a dollop of hot glue to adhere the ribbon to the front of the wreath.
6. Wrap a ribbon through the center of the wreath, measuring it so that there is a foot in length on each end of the ribbon. Tie into a bow at the top of the ribbon and use this to hang your wreath.
These moss wreaths are becoming more popular and will start showing up on store shelves more frequently. Use this Christmas decoration as an addition to your repertoire of fantastic crafts used for Christmas decorating each year. Trust me, you’ll love this wreath. While it takes awhile to create, the end result is worth the time and effort. Enjoy your Christmas decorations!