DIY Craft Tutorial: How to Make a Double Grapevine Welcome Wreath for Every Season
A double grapevine wreath door decoration is a charming and colorful sign to welcome people to your home. It's also a wonderful way to span seasons and holidays when decorating. With a double wreath, you can decorate one ring for a particular season or holiday, and the other wreath for the next season. By joining the two wreaths together with coordinating colors, you can create a wonderful wreath that will serve double time on your door!
For my door decoration, I wanted to create a wreath to display for the time after Christmas, but before it's really time to put up my Spring wreath. So I decorated my smaller wreath with the berries and colors of the winter holiday season, then used whites and bright flowers on my outer wreath to represent early Spring blooms. I used burlap ribbon on both wreaths to tie them together and create a beautiful display for my door.
Materials for a Double Grapevine Welcome Wreath
- Two basic grapevine wreaths - one small and one larger (available at most craft stores). My small wreath is about 10 inches in diameter, and my larger wreath is about 16 inches in diameter. I would suggest using grapevine wreaths for this project because you can easily stick flowers and other decorative elements into them.
- Two different, but coordinating ribbons - one for each wreath. You may want to choose a thinner ribbon for your small wreath, and a wider ribbon for your larger wreath.
- Decorative elements of your choice, including artificial flowers, berries, birds, nests, your initials, etc. Think about what elements might work together on a wreath, but represent different seasons or holidays. For instance, one of your wreaths might have pastels foam eggs for Easter decorating it, while your other wreath has brightly colored flowers for summer on it.
- Glue gun and hot glue sticks to secure your decorations to your wreaths.
- Sturdy wire or long secure ties to anchor your wreaths together (more on this below).
Directions for Making a Double Grapevine Welcome Wreath
1. The first step is to decide how and where you want your wreaths to be joined. Lay them out on a table to decide where you want to place your smaller wreath inside your larger wreath. I wanted my wreaths to be joined in the lower left-hand section of my two wreaths.
2. Then put your larger wreath aside and begin to decorate your smaller wreath. Leave the area where your two wreaths will overlap bare and undecorated. You can secure the beginning and end of your ribbon to the wreath with some hot glue, along with your other decorations.
If you have large stalks of artificial flowers, you can cut them down into smaller bunches of blooms, but be sure to leave a 5 to 7 inch stem on each bunch. When placing these small bunches of flowers in your wreath, add a little squirt of hot glue to the end of each stem before placing it in your wreath.
3. Then decorate your larger wreath, again leaving bare the area where the two wreaths will overlap. Hold off on placing any flowers or decorations that you want to stick in between the two wreaths. These will be added after the two wreaths are joined together.
4. Once your two wreaths have been decorated, place them together in arrangement you chose and bind or anchor them together using wire or plastic secure ties. Make your join in the undecorated section of your wreaths where you can cover it with ribbon and a bow when done. Then hold up your larger wreath in the vertical position to be sure that your smaller wreath does not move or slip when the two are hanging together.
I was planning to join my wreaths together using copper wire by wrapping many times tightly around both wreaths in the undecorated section until they were tightly secured. However, my husband strongly suggested using 10 inch plastic secure ties, like you might use to tie up a trash bag.
I ended up using the secure ties, but I think either way would work. I wove the pointy end of my secure tie halfway through the thickness of my top wreath, then pulled it back again through the bottom wreath. I secured the two ends together any pulled it as tight as possible without damaging my wreaths.
I used two secure ties, placed somewhat closely together so I could cover them with ribbon. I cut off the excess length on each secure tie before moving on to the next step.
5. Next, wrap some ribbon over the area where your two wreaths are joined to make it look like they are tied together.
I find it hard to tie a bow with some of this bulky burlap ribbon, so I usually make a fake bow.
How to Make a Fake Bow
The measurements for these directions will vary depending on the size of the bow you want.
First, take a length of your ribbon about 12 inches long and put it face down on your work surface. Then fold the two ends toward the center, forming a loop on each side. Overlap the two ends by about an inch in the middle and staple them in place. This will be the base for your center knot. You should be able to use a basic office stapler to keep the ends in place.
Then cut another piece of ribbon that is about three times the width of your ribbon in length. Center this piece of ribbon over your stapled area and wrap the ends toward the back of your bow. Pull these ends a little tightly to make a bit of a gather, then overlap the ends and glue them to the back of your bow.
Putting the Finishing Touches on Your Double Wreath
6. I built up my bow and included more color by adding some hanging tie pieces. To do this:
First, I wrapped my ribbon around the area where I joined my two wreaths together. I glued the ends of this ribbon in place with hot glue. Then I cut two pieces of my main ribbon to serve as my hanging tie pieces. I also cut two pieces of some thinner yellow ribbon to add into my bow decoration to bring in more color. I played around with the position of these ribbons with my bow, overlapped these hanging ribbons so they looked like they were the tie ends from my bow.
Once I liked the placement of my hanging ribbons with my bow on my double wreath, I glued each piece in place to form my completed bow.
7. Once your bow is secure, take your remaining flowers and decorations and glue them in place so that they look like they are coming out from between the two wreaths and that your bow is tying everything together. You might want to spread out some of your floral elements so that some of the pieces look longer in your arrangement.
8. Lastly, add a hanger to the back of your wreath and enjoy your new door decoration for months to come!
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