The Crafty Nurse, Jessica Dustin, creates another sparkling wreath for her craft blog and SUU News.
-An assortment of pine cones, pine tree branches, berries and other decorations (Dustin uses flocked branches.)
-Wire and wire cutters
-Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
1. Separate all of the branches into manageable pieces using wire cutters.
2. Lay the branches on the wreath (without gluing) to find a design you like. Dustin finds it helpful to take a picture when you get it right to use as a reference.
3. Take most of the branches off, but leave something to mark the center of the design. Dustin used a large pine cone for this. Then, start attaching the larger branches. Use about six inches of wire to attach them to ensure security. Adding hot glue to the wired portions can also be helpful.
4. Start filling in the wreath with smaller branches by putting hot glue on the ends and sliding them into the grapevine wreath. It is helpful to hold the wreath up and even hang it on a door to see if there are any empty spaces.
5. Add the pine cones. The best way to do this is by wrapping the wire around the pinecone and working it toward the center, so it doesn’t show. Some pinecones will come with wire attached; this is very helpful. Add glue underneath the pine cones to make sure they are secure.
6. Spread the branches to make sure there are no empty spaces.
This project took Dustin about six hours to make.