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Holidays are expected events that have the same colors and the same decorations each year. We have the biggies, Christmas , Easter , Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, New Years and many others . There’s Valentines Day and St. Patrick’s Day and a host of others. I was thinking, that’s a lot of decorations to store.
If you are anything like me, you are blessed with a lot of stuff but, not a lot of space to store it in. So, as I have gotten older (and find myself running out of storage for all my new creations) I thought, ” Why not make a decoration that has interchangeable parts to it? ” So, I sat around thinking about what I could use that could be the base and fitting for all seasons. And, I have created the All-purpose wreath and the all purpose table centerpiece. It looks great with a pillar candle in its center.
NOTE: I did not make all holiday items on the same day. I went with the idea of it being an interchangeable wreath and started with Christmas. When it came to valentines day I made those interchangeable parts and so on. As for the flowers, I repurposed ones I already had. There are a million things you can use for each diferent holiday. I’ve listed only some ideas.
You will need:
A small wreath ( mine is the green Christmas type but you can substitute with twined wooden ones)
Floral wire or other wire
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
1/2 inch ribbon ( color or holiday design specific to wrap randomly around wreath or to create bows)
Large ziplock Baggie ( to store your wreath and other baggies that will contain each holidays interchangeable items
White craft paint if you desire to mimic snow on pine cones and to flock interchangeable wreath branches.
A pillar candle. ( white seems to go well with all holidays)
NOTE : Some ideas of inexpensive things you can use are: Tiny Easter eggs ( plastic and wooden ones can be found in craft stores or walmart), American flag cupcake toothpicks, Shamrock cupcake toothpicks! Easter cupcake toothpicks, small pine cones, nuts of your choosing still in their shells ( walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts etc.), mini snowflakes, jingle bells, mini candy canes ( preferably plastic), an additional wreath to break into branches and flock with white paint.
- First separate your holiday items.
- Take your wreath and place it in front of you and figure out where you’d like to place items on wreath. Put items onto wreath ( without connecting) until you have the design you like.
- Determine the length you need your wire to be. Hot glue each piece onto the floral wire.
- If you have chosen to add ribbon, place ribbon first then Place wired items into your wreath.
- If you are using tiny flags or shamrocks from cupcake toothpicks, I found it nicer to remove toothpick and glue two together, with wire placed inside.