Materials Needed to Make a Gaudy Christmas WreathThis post contains affiliate links for products necessary to complete the project. This is both for your convenience as well as to support my blog, as I receive a small compensation whenever you click on such a link and make any sort of purchase, for which I thank you.
- Pine wreath (approx. 14″ diameter)
- Silk red roses
- Gold spray paint (not shown)
- Gold ornaments
- Gold pine cones
- Gold wired star garland
- Red ribbon (approx. 1 1/2″ wide)
- Hot glue gun (not shown)
Step 1: Paint Rose TipsSpray the tips of your faux roses with gold spray paint. It fancies them up a bit and blends them in with the gold embellishments you’ll be adding.
Step 2: Attach the Roses to Your Gaudy WreathFluff up your wreath a bit before you get started. Make sure the pine pieces are straight and flowing in one direction. Pull some of the pieces forward to make the wreath more 3-dimensional and less flat. Using hot glue, attach the roses securely to the wreath by pressing them into the pine stems and holding until the glue cools. Five is a good number of roses to use, but however many you decide on, make sure it’s an odd number. You’ll notice that I’ve left room at the top of the wreath for a bow. [As you can tell, I hadn’t yet tipped the edges of these roses with the gold paint. In addition, they need some reshaping, both of which will happen down below.] Pro Tip I: Look for pine wreaths at garage sales and thrift stores. You’ll find them plain or decorated. Buy either if priced well. I like top buy them for a dollar or two and then remove the parts I don’t like. Pro Tip II: I pick up roses at the dollar tree. They came in a bunch for just a buck.
Step 3: Gold Pine ConesNext, hot glue the pine cones to the wreath. I recommend placing them in pairs, as I did, especially if they are small. Pro Tip: I used gold glittered plastic pine cones from the dollar store.
Step 4: Gold OrnamentsStart to fill in some of the empty spaces with gold ornaments. You can buy them in tubes at most dollar stores.
Step 5: The Bow for Your Gaudy Christmas WreathMake a bow and attach it with wire to the spot you reserved for it.
Step 6: Gold Wire Star GarlandAfter attaching the bow, I felt it was missing something to tie it all together. I wound some gold wired star garland around it and that did the trick! Here’s the finished wreath in all of its gaudy glory. I am blessed to sell these year after year for $25 to $35, depending on their size and the materials I used to embellish them. I’ve also gifted them to friends and held classes teaching others how to make them. Trust me when I say, they are SO satisfying to make. You’ll really enjoy the process. Here’s an example of a more feminine wreath made using the same process. And another with a gold, rather than red bow. The combinations of colors and accent pieces you can use is almost endless. Have fun with it!
Update 2023I added a new type of gaudy wreath to my booth last year at the Shaker Holiday Market.
I’ve begun making them with cute, vintage ornaments. Same basic principle of hot gluing them onto the pine wreath applies. This one sold quickly for $42.
This second example had a little accident at the market last week. The snowman to the left of the bow vanished. The wreath is currently in my workshop awaiting repair.
This final wreath, featuring a darling polar bear and glittery snowflakes, is available at the market (2023) for any local shoppers.
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