Hi there! I’m back today to share what’s hanging on our door this Christmas season. The jumping-off point for this idea came from the faux galvanized letters by 346 Living I shared with you about a month ago. I decided to try out the idea spelling out JOY, and then I attached the letters to some small wreaths I already had. The trickiest part was hanging all three wreaths on a long ribbon. I managed to do it without nailing three holes in our door, but I have to admit my method was not as neat or blog-worthy as I normally like instructions to be. So bear with me…
Nap Rating = 2 to 3 naps
Tools & Materials
- Paper mache letters
- Silver metallic spray paint
- 3 small wreaths
- Phillips head screw driver
- Twist ties
- Several feet of wide ribbon (plain, or printed on both sides…I used burlap)
- Start by laying your letters out on newspaper and spray painting them. I used a heavy hand to achieve more of a mottled appearance. If your letters still have those perforated plastic thingies used to hang them up at the store, leave ’em on. They may come in handy later.
- After the letters are completely dry, start attaching them to the wreaths. If your letters have the plastic hangers still attached, you may be able to thread bread bag twist ties through them and around the wreath. A couple of my letters didn’t have the hangers in the right place, and one was ripped off. So I carefully punched a pair of little holes in the back of those letters using a screwdriver, THEN threaded a twist tie through the holes and around the wreath. (Like I said, not very Martha-ish, but it worked.)
- Next, unspool your ribbon completely. Starting with the wreath you want on top, take one end and wrap it behind the top of the wreath, through the center and around. Either stitch or staple the ribbon together in the back. You’ll end up with one wreath hanging from a loop of ribbon with a long tail. Don’t cut the excess! You’re going to use one continuous ribbon to hang the remaining wreaths.
- At this point, cut a slit in the back of the loop, just above your stitches or staples. Thread the tail of ribbon through that slit and pull it down to hang behind the top wreath. This is why you need ribbon that’s either plain (like grosgrain), or printed on both sides. That way, as the ribbon gets looped and changes direction, it will look right either way.
- Pull the ribbon down and loop it around the top of your next wreath. Again, cut a small slit and thread it through and down to the third wreath. Do the same on the third wreath.
- Leave a tail of ribbon hanging beneath the third wreath, and cut a notch out of it to finish it off.
- If you have remaining ribbon, you could now tie bows at the top of each wreath. I originally thought I didn’t want to to do this because I wanted more of tailored look. But I may change my mind, especially because the bows would relieve some of the weight by making things tighter. They would cover up any messiness showing where the slits, stitches, and/or staples are, too.
Like I said, you kinda had to bear with me on this one. I prefer to share crafts that have clear-cut instructions so that they can be replicated almost exactly. But when I looked online for a way to hang a trio of wreaths on the front door, I couldn’t find anything other than nailing holes in the door, which I didn’t want to do. So while this isn’t exactly professionally done behind-the-scenes (bread ties and staples?!), it does look good from the front.