Making a DIY Horse Head Christmas Wreath was both fun and challenging. From creating the wreath form to adding embellishments to dress it up for the holidays, I’m sharing a step by step tutorial that is a money saving way to create your own.
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It’s Day 1 and we are sharing DIY Wreath Ideas!
DIY Horse Head Christmas Wreath
Last December, my brother, who has always had a great love of horses, sent me a photo of a horse head wreath he had seen on line. It didn’t have a link with it, so I searched Pinterest. I found some that were DIY, but most of them included purchasing a metal wreath form that was in the shape of a horse’s head. I wasn’t going to spend $20 just for a metal frame. Others I saw used chicken wire to make the frame. That looked pretty cumbersome, so I decided to try to create my own frame.
- Metal Wire
- Horse Head Template
- Fishing Line
- Greenery Stems
- Small Pine Cones
- Jingle Bells
- Pliers and Scissors
I’m not particularly proficient at drawing, but I sketched out what roughly passes as a horse’s head on a piece of poster board. I used some jewelry wire twisted together to help me find the shape that I wanted.
Once I had the shape, I used a two pieces of bendable metal rods that my husband brought home a while ago, just in case I might need it. I hadn’t found a use for it until now. I created the frame for the wreath form based on the thin wire template. I had a little assistance from my husband for this part. He used heavy pliers to twist two rods together. Any metal that is bendable and that will hold its shape can be used. You’ll want it to be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the garland. Craft wire comes in lots of thicknesses, so be sure to use one that will hold its shape.
I bent the wire around a little until I was satisfied with its shape.
After the frame was ready, the next step is to add twine to form a grid. Start at the top and run a length of twine to the bottom and tie it off.
Continue to add twine along the length of the frame.
Next, repeat the same process going horizontally. Some of the lines of twine weren’t as tight as they needed to be. I corrected this before I added the garland.
Add the garland around the outside edge of the frame. Use clear fishing line to tie it off along the way to hold it in place.
How to attach the garland to frame:
- Measure and cut the garland into pieces that fit horizontally across the grid
- Attach each piece of garland with green twine by tying it to the grid
- Continue adding garland until the entire grid is filled.
- Check for any gaps and attach more garland as needed
The fun part of making a horse head wreath is adding the embellishments! Chose a wire ribbon to give the appearance of a bridle. Attach the ribbon by wrapping it around the wreath and gluing it on the back side. Add large buttons to the points to mimic the placement of bridle rings and a brown button for the eye. I added a cluster of jingle bells, too. All of these are glued in place.
To add a mane, I used two sprigs of greenery and I added in some gold pine cones that I purchased at the Dollar Tree. The sprigs are tucked behind the ribbon and tied off onto the metal frame with twine and the pine cones are glued in place. I made a simple red bow of loops of wire ribbon and added tails of both the red ribbon and the ribbon I used for the bridle. I attached the bow with fishing line and green twine by tying it tightly to the garland and grid.
I didn’t add a loop for hanging the wreath. I used a metal door hanger and placed the metal part of the frame onto the hanger.
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I’m pleased to have found a way to diy this wreath and give it to my brother for his front door this holiday season. He was surprised and happy with it when I gave it to him!
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