Making a Thanksgiving Wreath

Here are some tips to get you started

A Thanksgiving wreath can set a festive mood even before your guests smell the turkey. Here are some tips to get you started on making your own!

Simple Wreath Instructions

These basic steps will help you start many wreath designs.

  1. Buy a base at a local craft store. You have several choices: foam, straw, grapevine, or other vines or branches.
  2. Prepare the decorations—such as painting or lettering—before you attach them to the wreath base.
  3. Pick your adhesive. Use floral pins, ball head straight pins, or hot glue. Pins can be readjusted as needed, but hot glue tends to make the wreath last longer.
  4. Put it all together. Glue or pin ornamentations one at a time in order to conceal them behind the decorations.
  5. Use a wire, hook, twine, or fabric to hang your wreath. Create a small loop at the top of the wreath. Then slide the loop over a hook on your front door or wherever you want to display the wreath.

Style Ideas

There are many ways to decorate your wreath—here are three ideas to inspire you!

Give Thanks.   Have family members use markers to write what they are thankful for on fresh or painted leaves or on leaf shapes cut from colorful paper or fabric . Helpful hint: Use a fabric marker on fabric leaves. Attach the leaves with hot glue to a grapevine wreath, or use pretty ball-head straight bins to attach leaves to a fabric-covered wreath base.

Burlap Beauty.   Cut burlap into 10 equal-sized triangles. Write one letter on each to spell out “Give Thanks.” Hot glue the burlap onto two strips of twine (one per word). Tie the twine onto a grapevine wreath.

Festive Fall.   Using hot glue, completely cover a foam wreath by attaching seasonal staples such as acorns, Indian corn, or corn husks.

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