Curly Crafty Mom: Tinsel Wreath with Wooden Monogram Initial

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tinsel Wreath with Wooden Monogram Initial

I knew I wanted to make a Christmas wreath for the inside of our home this year, but I wanted to do something a little different. Since I am digging gold (ha!) this holiday, I thought why not make a gold tinsel wreath. I looked around at a few stores and the Dollar Store had tinsel that was so thin, that it would only work on a mini tree! Target had just ho-hum gold tinsel... but, at Hobby Lobby I found a thick and decorative tinsel with a little bit of silver in it, too. Sold! This is why I love me some HobLobs.

Tinsel wreaths aren't really anything new, but I wanted mine to stand out and to be a little different. I decided this I am a monogram nut, I would purchase a wooden initial for it. Thankfully, the size of the letter fit PERFECT in the negative space after I wrapped the thick and shiny tinsel around the frame of the wreath.

Usually I don't mix grey with gold... but, I am in love with it here. I found a gold trimmed ribbon with sheer stripes in a pale gold color and put a medium grey toned ribbon under it. I really enjoy making bows, each one always turns out different. This wreath would not be as splendid without this fancy bow on it! (And, I used my Bow-da-bra! to make it.)

SO, how did I make this wreath? Sorry this photo is so gloom and doom, but it has been really cloudy here in St. Louis and it makes the lighting horrible for indoor photos! Keep your fingers crossed for me that there is sunshine tomorrow, because I need to shoot my Christmas Home Tour photos for a blog post SOON. The main supply you may want to take notice of here is that instead of a heavy empty 8x10 frame, I used just a light weight 8x10 photo matte! It was much cheaper then buying an empty frame, too... unless I were to use an old one I had around the house. But, also it made the entire wreath lighter. You'll see some pom poms, too... which I was going to glue onto the initial, BUT... decided I preferred the initial as a solid gold.

First I painted the A gold. Just one coat did the trick.

Then I hot glued the end of the tinsel to the back of the 8x10 matte board and I kept wrapping it round and round the matte board until it was fully covered. I needed two packages of the tinsel garland... unfortunately, I found this out AFTER I had half of it wrapped. But, an extra trip to Hobby Lobby is never TOO painful, right?!

And, ta-da! The wreath... this wreath really is a quickie and it is nice to have a quick craft project for a change. The next Christmas craft I have planned... is not a quickie. Its a catch up on an entire season of TV kind of craft. Whew.

Wednesday morning will be when I share my Christmas Home Tour with eighteen other bloggers!! Stay tuned... it is going to be an exciting week! :)

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