To get started, you will need:
- Wood branches (dried out - let them sit in the garage, uncovered for a few months, various widths, from about 3" to finger width)
- Chop saw and Jig saw
- Thin wood rings, 12" in diameter (we cut ours out of 1/4" luan plywood)
- Black matte spray paint
- Liquid Nails adhesive
- Ribbon, fabric, Christmas balls (any other decorations you'd like to include)
First, on our chop saw, we clamped a piece of pine to the right of our chop saw to set the width of the wood slices. To get slices that were the same thickness, we just slide the branch till it hit the pine and then cut. A super easy and quick way to get slices that are the same thickness.
Remove any side branches before starting and hold the wood tightly against the back and bottom of the chop saw, this will give you maximum control - use extra caution since you are cutting something round and irregular instead of square - it is more likely to fly! Always keep a safe distance from the blade and stop cutting the branch once it is too short and you can no longer hold it safely. Remember to always wear eye and ear protection!!
To cut our rings for the backing, we used a pencil and string. Holding the string at the center of our circle, we drew a 12" circle (2" thick) (so the string was 6" for the outer line and 4" for the inner line). Then we cut the shape out with a jigsaw.
We spray painted the fronts matte black (so that the gaps between the wood would be less noticeable). Once dry, the wood rings were randomly attached with liquid nails adhesive. Since the adhesive doesn't dry clear, try not to use too much so it doesn't seep out the sides.
Once the adhesive has dried (about 24 hours), connect the rings with loops of fabric or ribbon. We used a large black and white buffalo check fabric from Ikea (we also include a thin strip of poster board inside the fabric (stapled to the back of the wreath) to help support the weight). We finished off each wreath with a simple bow and cluster of Christmas balls. Super easy!
I hope you'll give it a try!
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I'll be back a little later to share a few more Christmas decorating (and DIY gift) ideas!!
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