Total Crafting Time: 2-3 hours
Tip: Buy More Magnolia leaves than you think you’ll need
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Acorn Berry Joy Sign
1. You can paint the acorn hats in advance of making the wreath. You’ll need about 40 acorn hats to make the Joy letters. I painted on one coat of the metallic gold paint and then a second coat of the golden glitter paint. You only need to paint the inside of the hat and the outer edges (you can leave the bottom). Allow 15-20 minutes to dry.
2. Once the acorns are dry, place a small dot of glue inside the acorn and press in a berry.
3. Using the multi-purpose cutter, cut the letters out of the styrofoam. I used some old styrofoam that I had leftover from another project, and I used the cutter to trace the shape and then I cut off the excess styrofoam so that the letter ended up about half an inch thick. If you start with a thinner layer of styrofoam, you’ll be able to cut the letters directly out.
4. Paint the top of the styrofoam gold.
5. Insert the acorns into the letters, pushing the pointy end of the hat into the letter. If you have any that don’t seem to be staying put, you can put a bit of elmer’s glue into the hole to secure the acorn hat. You can also use the cutter to shave off excess styrofoam around the edges once you have the acorns in place
6. Use the hot glue gun to attach the letters to the center of a two foot strip of golden ribbon.
1. Begin by collecting and grouping all of your greenery.
– Pick all of the magnolia leaves off of the branches (I had two large branches).
– Pick bunches of berries and group them by color: red, green, and gold. Strip away any excess or unwieldy leaves.
2. To get the greenery onto the wreath, you’ll need two separate spools of floral wire. You’ll use one in a continuous wrap from start to finish of the wreath. You’ll wrap this first bundle around each of the bundles of leaves and berries as you add them to the frame (you won’t cut this one at all until the very end).
Instead of just wrapping in each berry or leaf onto the frame one by one, I made little bundles of 2-3 leaves and berries and then wrapped the bottom of the bundle with a small piece of floral wire cut from the second spool of floral wire that I twisted around the stems at the bottom of the bundle. Once those bundles were assembled, I wrapped each one onto the frame with the first spool of the continuous wire. Here’s an example of a single bundle with berries:
4. To wrap the bundles onto the frame, you need to tightly wrap the floral wire around the bottoms of the bundles and the frame. I probably wrapped the wire around the frame and the bundle at least 5 times before moving on to add the next bundle.
Sometimes like in the case in the picture above, I’d wrap the wire inside the middle of the frame if I wanted to a bundle to be extra secure instead of just wrapping the wire the whole width of the frame.
I tried to alternate the color berries and leaves so that they were pretty spread out at alternating. The order of my wreath went as follows:
– Wrap on 1 bundle of just leaves
– Wrap on 2nd bundle of just leaves
– Wrap on 1 bundle of leaves and red berries
– Wrap on 2 bundles of just leaves
– Wrap on 1 bundle of leaves and green berries
– Wrap on 2 bundles of leaves
– Wrap on 1 bundle of leaves and golden berries
I alternated the angle of the bundles each time I added a new one so that they were fanning out and covering all of the wire frame.
5. Just keep wrapping! The very end is the trickiest part, but you just need to make sure you wrap the wire as tightly as you can to keep the bundles in. Here’s a look at the back once I was finished:
6. And then once you finish wrapping, carefully place the Joy sign in the middle of the wreath and weave the golden ribbon around each edge of the wire frame and secure each edge by tying them around the wire in a simple knot. You’ll need to finesse the ribbon a bit to get the Joy signed aligned just how you want it.
7. Carefully place the wreath on the wreath hanger and display.
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I have joined together with 7 incredible, crafty bloggers from all over the world for this fun new project. Every three months, we’ll be joining forces to each put our creative spin on a themed project. For our very first project, we’ve put together 8 original DIY wreaths.
Have you ever tried to make your own holiday wreath?
*Almost all of the process photos in this post were taken by the one and only Rachel from 52 Weeks Project. Thanks so much, Rach!