How to Make the Cutest Mini-Wreaths You’ve Ever Seen
Hi everyone! Are you having a good Sunday? I am grateful to the Lord that he fortifies me with his strength and peace every day, so even when the world around me seems crazy, I can experience his peace. Whether it’s national politics, family concerns, or loved ones in trouble, I know God can handle it; I can safely leave things in his hands.
I hope today, if you’re in a tough spot, you can turn to the One-Who-Made-You and find relief. After thirty-six years of following him, I can promise you that he knows what you’re going through and he cares deeply. I wasn’t planning on “preaching” today, but there you have it–Sunday’s mini-sermon. Which allows me to segue nicely into today’s post about how to make the cutest mini-wreaths you’ve ever seen.
Related post: How to use my mini wreaths 18 different ways
I made these little darlings last January, fooling around after the holidays with some left-over crafting materials.
You can watch my video, which takes you step-by-step through the process of making them, or simply read the post below (or do both, LOL).
Materials to Make Mini-Wreaths
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- Pine pipe cleaners (or garland)
- 1/2″ Antique white cotton seam binding (this is the closest I could find to my antique seam binding)
- Manila card stock (to create you salutation: Merry Christmas)
- Aging spray (strong coffee + a pinch of alum)
- Your computer
You can find the pine garland in 12″ pipe cleaner lengths or by the yard on rolls, depending on where you look for it.
I used vintage cotton seam-binding for the bows because it helps create the farmhouse look I’m after since it’s antique white and has no glossy finish whatsoever.
Step 1: Cut & Shape Your Mini-Wreath
I had purchased a package of the pine pipe cleaners but hadn’t found a use for them. Like I said, I started fooling around with them. I realized that if I cut them in half (6″), I could shape them into cute mini-wreaths.
Step 2: Hot Glue Your Mini-Wreath Together
Hot glued the two ends together. I chose to decorate them simply in the hopes of giving them a vintage, farmhouse look.
Step 3: Create Your Merry Christmas Salutation
Type up multiple “merry christmas’s” on manila cardstock and aged them with my “aging spray” (strong coffee + a pinch of alum in a spray bottle). Lightly spritz them and let them dry before cutting them out.
I created red, black, and brown versions, but I like the red the best and tend to use them on all of my wreaths. I also like the look of all lower-case letters. Fiddle around with different looks and see which YOU like best for your wreathes 🙂
Step 4: Make Bows
Make small bows using your vintage or antique white seam binding or ribbon.
Step 5: Put It All Together
Now it’s time to put it all together by gluing on your bow and “merry christmas” salutation. It will take you about 30 seconds!
You can also tie a piece of plain antique white baker’s string to the top to allow you to hang it from your tree or from a cabinet knob.
As an alternative to the cardstock “merry christmases” you can also make little banners like you see here. I use Christmas rubber stamps and some antique white paper to create them.
I enjoy making the wreaths so much, the next thing I knew I was decorating everything in sight with them! In fact, you’ll find a number of ways to decorate with them in this post: creative ways to use mini-wreaths.
This funnel Christmas tree is one of the first creations that I attached a mini-wreath to; it’s available at the Shaker craft fair going on right now. You can see in the background, I tacked wreaths onto rusty hearts to create a unique ornament.
Over the summer, I found a couple of rolls of garland almost identical to the pipe cleaner variety. Now I can create oodles more wreaths.
I also bought this roll of red tinsel at Target’s after Christmas sale and discovered that it makes nice wreaths, too. I admit, I’ve gone a little wreath crazy, but they are selling well at the craft fair, so I guess others enjoy them as much as I do.
Have you started working on any Christmas projects yet? Normally, this would be a bit early for me, but because of the craft fair, I start developing ideas in January. I can’t wait to share more of them with you as we lead up to Christmas.
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Very cute! Does the coffee spritz give it much of a coffee scent? Or does it dissipate? They look very nice added to the other goodies.
Really cute Diana and just perfect for decorating packages. Would even make pretty napkin rings.
These are adorable Diana. Thanks for this idea. I can see these hanging from my mantle.
PS Amen to your mini sermon.
Love these, Diana! They are so cute. Simply adorable. I would love to see some of the wreaths you made from the red tinsel. Your mini sermon was a blessing to me today too.
Hi Diana, I have worked with that garland for years. And, it is amazing what you can do with it. Whenever I see some in thrift stores or on sale, I grab a roll, no matter what color it is. Thanks for th cute tutorial, I’m sure lots of little wreaths will come into being, because of your post, Sandi
No, I haven’t started on any Christmas projects yet. Yes, I know I’m way behind but your projects have encouraged me to get started.
Diana, I love how you call our God “the One-Who-Made-You”!! Thank you for your thoughts in your post. Where did you find your antique white baker’s twine? Have fun creating!!
I can’t figure out which I love more… the wreaths or the tree. BOTH! Gorgeous!
I’ve featured you this weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk 354. Thanks for linking up! 🙂
Diana these really are the cutes wreaths ever! Everything looks cuter when it is in mini size! I also love your aging juice, very clever idea. Pinning to use this for the future.
Thank you for both the inspirational preach and the wreath idea. It looks like an easy and quick project!
OMG! Thank you SO much — I’m wreath crazy too now! THis year I will be decorating every utensil, star, watering can, etc. I can find! And the little tags….perfect instructions!
You are most generous to share your knowledge and encouragement..thank you so much!
I have had the best time making these out of plain old fat green pipe cleaners, your pine pipe cleaners, a leaf garland, and fat curly green pipe cleaners. They are cute on backgrounds of the upholstery webbing with a jute hanger and little bow or ribbon. They can be very rustic or farmhouse, depending on the trim used.
I’m so glad you love them as much as I do Kathy! I love them with the jute webbing–so glad you discovered that. Nothing makes me happier than when I’m able to inspire a fellow crafter 🙂