The wreath is a symbol of life, and its traditionally circular shape depicts the continuation of good fortune. Many wreaths are made of simple straw and adorned with laurel leaves, pine cones, branches and flowers. Wreaths often reflect a theme such as a favourite hobby, a holiday or a decor style such as Americana -- an ode to American country living. Use artificial fruit and birds, wooden or metal cutouts, ribbons, and even your favourite pieces of Americana to make your Americana straw wreath.
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Things you need
- Double-wire wreath form
- Paddle of floral wire
- Hot glue gun (optional)
- Americana items you want to attach to your wreath
Wrap one end of the floral wire on to one of the cross bars of the wreath. Secure it so it doesn't slip.
Hold a handful of straw against the wire wreath form and, leaving the wire attached to the paddle, wrap wire around the straw and the wreath form. Continue spiralling around so that wreath form is wrapped at one-inch intervals. Continue adding straw and wrapping until the form is completely covered.
Cut the wire and twist it around the back of the wreath, anchoring it to one of the wreath form crossbars.
Add Americana-styled decorative items that have a homespun folk-art look. Some items, such as corn husks and artificial flowers, leaves and fruits can be secured with florist wire. Fasten other items, such as dollhouse miniatures, wooden cutouts, antique game pieces, old wooden spools and gadgets, figurines and toys, with hot glue. Add red, white and blue ribbon to finish off the patriotic flair.
Tips and warnings
- Straw is available at garden centres and livestock supply stores. You can also find craft straw at hobby and craft supply stores.
- When not displaying the wreath, store it in a wreath box, available at craft supply stores.
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