Wreath making is one of my favorite crafts. I like to make new wreaths seasonally and this DIY Boxwood and Buffalo Check Christmas Wreath is one that I’ve wanted to make for a while. I think it’s going to look great for the holidays!
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Today’s theme is wreaths. I can’t wait to see all of the fabulous wreath ideas that will be shared! I love wreath making and especially so for the holidays. I’ve wanted a boxwood wreath for quite a while and I’ve finally put one together that I love!
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DIY Boxwood and Buffalo Check Christmas Wreath
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I’m changing things up for our lawn decor this year. I’ll still be using all white lights and our sleigh and reindeer, but I’m incorporating lots of buffalo check into the outdoor decor this year. This large boxwood wreath with a diy buffalo check bow is going to look great on our black front door. I love the boxwood garland from Oriental Trading that I used for this wreath. A link to it can be found in the supply list below.
Supplies Used for Boxwood Wreath
- 2 Pieces (12′ each) of Boxwood Garland (affiliate)
- Buffalo Plaid Ribbon (affiliate)
- Unfinished Wood Reindeer
- Decorative Pine Cone Sprig
- 18′ Metal Wreath Form – linked at the bottom of the post
- Pipe Cleaners
- 4 Silver Ornaments
- White Chalk Spray Paint
- Ball Head Pins
- Spray Polycrylic
- Red Twine
- Hot Glue Gun & Sticks
- E6000 Glue
I wanted to make the wreath larger than I usually make our front door wreaths and that was easy to do using a total of 24 feet of garland. If you prefer a smaller wreath, then one piece that’s 12′ long would work great.
How to Make a Large Boxwood Christmas Wreath
- Attach one end of the garland onto the wreath form
- Use a pipe cleaner to hold it in place
- Begin wrapping the garland around the form, securing it with a pipe clearner
- Continue to add pipe cleaners about every four inches
- Attach the garland to the second row of metal on the wreath form
- Continue attaching it with pipe cleaners all the way around
- Check to make sure that they garland is even
- Adjust as necessary
Once the garland is fully wrapped and secured to the wreath form, you’re ready to add the ribbon for hanging the wreath.
- Determine how low you want the wreath to hang
- Double that number because you’ll be making a loop
- Measure and cut a strip to size
- Place ribbon underneath the wreath and pull it over the top
- Use a stapler to connect the two ends of the ribbon
How to Make a Bow for the Christmas Wreath – For a more detailed tutorial have a look at my How to Make a Bow post.
- Measure and cut the ribbon into the following lengths: (1) 36″, (1) 24″, (2) 20″, and (1) 8″
- Fold each side of the 8″ strip lengthwise to the center.
- Staple it together near each end of the ribbon.
- Find the center point of the 36″ strip. Make an accordion fold in the center of about three inches long. Hold it together tightly and staple.
- Find the center point of the 24″ strip and bring each end to the center, allowing it to overlap just a little.
- Staple through both layers of ribbon. Repeat this for the 20″ strips.
- Place the 8″ strip, stapled side up on flat surface. Place the 24′ strip as shown in the second photo.
- Place the 20″ strips in an X over the top.
- Place the 36″ strip near the bottom of the 8″ strip. All of these pieces are staple side up. The staples won’t show when you’re finished.
- Pinch the 8″ strip around the other strips and trim it off.
Sometimes when I’m making a bow, I stop with those steps, but since this wreath is large, I wanted to have a fuller looking bow.
- Cut four 8″ strips of ribbon
- Staple the ends of the ribbon together for form loops
- Attach the to bow using ball head pins
I used a combination of hot glue and ball head pins to attach the bow to the loop of ribbon on the wreath.
Embellishing the DIY Wreath
- Trim a pine cone floral sprig to fit the wreath
- Attach with a pipe cleaner
- Spray paint unfinished reindeer (or other holiday pieces) and allow to dry
- Spray with Protective Polycrylic and allow to dry
- Cut small pieces of red twine and tie into bows to fit the reindeer
- Hot glue the bows to the reindeer
- Attach the wood pieces to the wreath with E6000 glue
- Use more of the red twine to tie four silver ornaments together.
- Attach them to the top ribbon of the wreath by tying the twine onto the ribbon
Don’t you love it when a project turns out just the way you envisioned it? That doesn’t always happen, but it did for my Boxwood and Buffalo Check Wreath! I’ll be using more of the ribbon for the stair rails and to dress up our mailbox for the holidays.
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DIY Boxwood and Buffalo Check Christmas Wreath
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