Straw wreaths are versatile crafting materials that offer myriad possibilities for making home decor, holiday decorations and unusual gifts. In particular, straw wreaths are exceptional for making Americana, country and primitive-themed crafts. Relatively inexpensive, straw wreaths come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found at most arts and crafts stores.
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The most straightforward straw wreath craft is decorating the wreath for use as a wall or door decoration. Embellish your wreath with coloured raffia, gingham or calico print ribbon or adorn it with floral picks, such as sunflowers. If the decorative items are not permanently secured, consider switching out your straw wreath craft's decorations with the seasons, using frosted white silk leaves and plastic crimson berries in winter, lilies, tulips and daffodils in spring, cheerful colourful print ribbon and bright silk flowers in summer and fall leaves in autumn. Decorations can be applied to a plain straw wreath, or the wreath can be wrapped in fabric strips or ribbon prior to decorating.
For Valentine's Day, decorate a heart-shaped straw wreath with red, white and pink ribbons and puffy, stuffed fabric hearts made in a rustic, Americana style. Complete the look by dangling a wooden tole-painting Cupid figurine in the centre. At Halloween, decorate a straw wreath with miniature scarecrow picks and dangle tiny pumpkins from the centre. For an elegant Christmas look, spray a straw wreath with white glitter paint, then add holly berries and a velvet bow.
Thanksgiving Centerpiece and Name Cards
Create an impressive centrepiece by placing a straw wreath in the middle of a table, laying silk fall leaves around the inside and draping over the outside, and displaying a variety of miniature gourds, squashes, pumpkins and pieces of dried multicolour corn in the centre. Wrap miniature straw wreaths with festive fall-coloured ribbon and put one at each table place setting. In the centre of the wreaths, place a mini pumpkin with each person's name written in permanent marker.
Ornaments and Magnets
Making straw wreath craft ornaments and magnets is a simple activity for kids and classroom parties. Decorate a piece of round, hard card stock or cardboard that matches the inner dimensions of the straw wreath, plus an extra 1/4 inch around, with hand-drawn pictures, school photos, special messages or holiday designs. Wrap the straw wreath in a decorative ribbon and secure the ribbon. Next, use craft glue or a glue gun to secure the wreath to the front of the card stock, creating a frame. Place a peel-and-stick magnet on the back, or add a loop of ribbon to create an ornament.
Make fun straw wreath craft party favours by laying a wreath on a piece of cellophane and filling the centre with chocolate candy kisses, mini bags of candy corn or individually-wrapped hard candy. Bring the edges of the cellophane into a gathered bunch and secure the bundle with a decorative ribbon or raffia tie.
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