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When it comes to wreaths, I like the kind that can be used for multiple seasons or holidays. That means I’m avoiding wreaths with Santa Claus, reindeers, or any mention of Christmas.
While I like the colors red and green together, I prefer that color combo in moderation. To balance out the strong red and green in the tartan plaid, I used a white ribbon around the wreath base and white cotton bolls mixed in with the faux evergreens.
To me, this wreath says more “winter” and less “Christmas.” As a result, I can keep it on my front door through January without feeling the pressure of replacing it.
We all know that one person who keeps their Santa wreath up until March. Yeah, I see you shrinking in your chair out there. I caught you, didn’t I? 😉
Since I know none of us has time to spare during the holiday season, I made certain this wreath was easy to make. I aim to keep things simple for you guys although I’m known to digress to complicated from time to time (I’m looking at you Vampirina pumpkin). Complicated is more the exception than the norm around here.
If you’ve got about thirty minutes, you can make this.
I’m calling it a tartan plaid wreath but I really want to call it an Outlander wreath. All that plaid and Mr. James Fraser, oh my.
Back to the wreath =)
DIY: Make A Tartan Plaid Wreath In 30 Minutes For Less Than $15 [Video Tutorial]
Here’s a list of the materials I used:
- 16-inch styrofoam wreath form
- 2.5″ tartan plaid wired ribbon
- 1.5″ wired shimmer ribbon
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- a piece of twine for ribbon
- cotton bolls
- 3 to 4 faux evergreen|pine stems (this is the one I used)
The best way to learn how to make the wreath is to watch the video tutorial.
Wrap the white ribbon around the base overlapped at the edges.
Secure the ends with hot glue.
Arrange the faux greenery on the wreath. You can remove the greenery leaves as I did in the video or leave the stems on. When you’re happy with the greenery placement, hot glue to the wreath form.
Use scissors to cut off part of the cotton boll ends. Put a dab of hot glue on the end and insert into the greenery/wreath.
Use the tartan plaid to make a bow. If you need more instructions on making the bow, I recommend the video in this post (scroll down to the bottom).
Use the piece of twine to secure the loops in the bow. Add the front piece and tails. Hot glue to the wreath form.
If needed, use a piece of ribbon to make a hanger for your wreath at the top.
That’s it! Hang and enjoy!
For those of you wondering, this wreath cost me about $14 to make. The most expensive part was the wreath form. Although I try to reuse my styrofoam wreaths, I needed a brand new one for this project.
If you want to save some green, you can cut out a wreath form from a cardboard box or other sturdy material. Check your local thrift stores too!