The local Meals on Wheels foundation is having a silent auction this week for a fundraiser called Festival of Wreaths. They published a request for wreaths in a local magazine, and I just happened to see it. You know me, any excuse to get out the glue gun! So out came the Christmas stuff and a new grapevine wreath.
Setting the grapevine wreath at an angle makes it easier to place the elements.
I wanted a very large bow this time, so I made a double one. I showed how to make a basic bow HERE, and for the double bow I made a second bow without the center loop and all wide loops in the same manner.
Placing the basic bow on top of the larger base creates a double size. This is easier to make than one huge bow to hold and tie.
Gluing the streamers down, I offset the bow placement to one side, about 11-o’clock position. I made them long enough to ripple over the wreath, and spot glued the ends down.
For a little extra pizazz, I glued some red tuille loops under the bow area, then began filling the sides with greenery and other elements.
The bow base was glued on top of the tuille.
Then the top bow section is added to complete the bow.
Greenery and pine cones are glued to either side of the bow. The white berries add a bit of lightness to the wreath. I use odd numbers of elements on each side of the bow – 3 white berry sprays, three pine cones.
Three clumps of red berries and additional holly leaves fill in the spaces.
A tie-wrap is used for a hanger, it is flexible and strong, and can be put over a nail or a wreath hanger.
I hung it up on the wall for a final picture.
I was having so much fun that I made a second one that is more winter in feel with snowflakes. This one is inspired by the wire edge ribbon that I used for the bow. There are some plain silver streamers under the snowflake blue and silver.
I wrapped blue ribbon around the small wreath, added the bow and streamers along with some greenery and pine cones.
It needed something more, so I added five snowflakes, three on the left side, one on the bow and one low on a streamer.
The snowflakes are paper cutouts with glitter for shine, just glued into place. Now the wreath has a winter feel that can be enjoyed through the next few months.
DH and I delivered them to the Council on Aging office in plenty of time. The wreaths are being displayed on the office doors, so bidders will walk down the hallway to see the offerings. Several wreaths were already on display like this seaside inspired one.
This one with greenery and cotton bolls could be used anytime of year.
This one was Christmas themed, full and large.
Another one had a springtime look.
This one was a hoot, an elf has apparently crashed into it!
The auction will also have some table decorations available for bidding.
Mine was hung on a door for bidding. One of my blog cards is hanging on it, and can be snipped off by the high bidder.
The Festival of Wreaths is open for bids at the Council on Aging office at 105 King Creek in Hendersonville on Thursday November 30th from 3 pm to 6 pm if you are local. Proceeds will go to providing support for the Meals on Wheels program for our local homebound elderly. Put it on your calendar for Thursday if you can, help support this wonderful program, and score a great home decoration for the holidays.
Do you have a holiday wreath?