Morning all! Just wanted to share with you some of the new products that just came in for St. Patrick's Day. Figured the best way to do this would be to create a basic green wreath as a starting point. I know many of you make wreaths to sell so please keep in mind we've put this together just as a tutorial and nothing permanent has been done to the wreath. We make things, take them apart and use again later! The "Lucky" letter blocks shown in the photo isn't misspelled))) The "U" is the Shamrock attached on the wreath.
We started out with an Emerald Green Pencil Wreath
. This is just a preference of mine....I like working with the Pencil Wreaths. The regular work wreaths and handled in the same way and also are available in Emerald Green
. Depending on the occasion for the wreath, I generally like to make the base out of a wide foil. Wide foils or deluxe foils are heavier and more dense and you are less apt to see any part of your metal work wreath. But pastel mesh with no foil works okay too, you may just need to use more top cover with layers of contrasting mesh, ribbons, etc.
For this wreath we chose Lime Green Wide Foil
in the 21" and Emerald Green Wide Foi
l in the 10" width. These mesh products are made by Craig Bachman and make up the bulk of the mesh products we sell because of its quality and consistency in color. If you buy Emerald Green Wide Foil in the 21".....the 10" 4" and 2.5" will all be the same color.
At market this year we noticed there seemed to be a LOT of emerald green in the Christmas decorations. Lots of classic Emerald and Red....old fashioned items like tinsel bells...etc. If you've ever purchased any of the Emerald Green mesh products that we sell.....you'll notice that the emerald green colors have a really nice rich sheen to them.....even the ones without foil.
Start attaching the mesh to the Work Wreath by gathering the edge of your mesh and securing in one of the twist ties. Twist it a couple of times. It doesn't matter where you start, it's just a preference of mine to start on the center ring, go around it and drop down to the outer ring. Some folks go inner ring to outer ring then back to inner. When you're done, you can turn the wreath over and tuck your raw edges out of site. If I were making a wreath to sell....I would finish the raw edge off by securing it with some wire or something. But this wreath is just for practice)))
Continue around the wreath making your poufs. You can always adjust them if it looks like they are getting too big or too small. You want them fairly consistent as you go around the wreath form.
Once the inner ring is completed, just drop down and start around the outer ring.
It usually takes a entire roll of mesh to go around a 24" Work Wreath, but I had about a foot or two left on this roll, so I just cut it off there and weaved the raw ends in and out the wire frame.
After the wreath form was covered with the lime green mesh, I started back over with a 10" Emerald Green Wide Foil. This just added another color dimension. Just pick any twist to start with, untwist it making sure the previous pouf stays in place, it will...don't worry.
Start your pouf of Emerald Green and re twist the twist a couple of times. I didn't go back and attach a pouf to each twist on the form.....just skipped around here and there securing the mesh is the same manner.
Now the wreath has two nice colors of green as a base.
We're frequently asked about the size of the 24" Work Wreaths. The 24" Work Wreath is actually 15" at it's widest part. With the twists extended or once mesh or other material applied, it can be 24" in width or even more. But that is why they are called 24" Work Wreaths and not 15" I guess. This wreath measured 24" and that was with no embellishments or sprays that would give it a wider width.
At this point, the wreath just needs some embellishment. There are many ways of doing this and just depends on how much you want to put into the wreath and how much you want to spend. We have many items that can be used and I chose just a couple to show you how they can look.
This material is Pencil Garland and comes in all sorts of colors, 25' to a roll. This is some I had left over from a previous project. I just cut some lengths and shaped it into a Shamrock.
Also added some Silver Pencil Garland to lighten up the wreath a bit.
I made a Silver Crushed Metallic bow on the ProBow, but then decided against using it and opted for more Emerald Green Mesh.
I'll save the Silver bow for another project, another day.
Added in some new St. Patrick's Day word blocks that just came in so you could see how they look on a wreath and it gives you a better estimate of the size. Since this wasn't going to be a permanent creation, I just tied them in with some clear fishing line.
This wreath could still use some sprays.....ball ornaments...maybe some contrasting wire edge ribbon. But, it's 5:00 o'clock and time to go home)))
We'll be adding more and more items that you can use to create your wreaths. Check the new "Coming Soon
" category to see the items that are on order, but haven't arrived yet.