Monday, January 14, 2019

How to Make a DIY Non-Christmas Winter Wreath

How to make an easy DIY wreath that lasts all winter

I love the subtle elegance of white and silvery winter decor.

When I took down my Christmas wreath in January, I knew I wanted to do something pretty and classic that would last through the rest of winter.

This pretty DIY winter wreath featuring snowflakes was my answer!

If your family doesn't do Christmas and just wants a pretty non-Christmas wreath for your door, this is great for this, too!



To make it, I upcycled a grapevine style wreath I had from a previous project.

By giving the rustic wreath an update with paint, glitter and repurposed snowflake ornaments I had on hand I got a pretty winter wreath for free!

This pretty snowy wreath will fit all style of decor including rustic, lodge and farmhouse.

If you decide to make this wreath, won't you share? 

If you make this wreath, please post a photo on Facebook or Instagram and tag @CreativeGreenLiving so I can see!


DIY Non-Christmas Winter Wreath Tutorial
A sparkly silver and white wreath with snowflakes that will last all winter


Supplies

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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT GLITTER: Plastic glitter is a major source of pollution in the world's oceans. Please choose a biodegradable glitter like this silver glitter from Plur Vision so that if any of the glitter ends up in a waterway, it will decompose instead of add to the microplastic burden of the ocean.

Directions

How to Make a Winter Wreath Step 1: Paint the wreath

I brought my wreath outside in a large box to paint it without getting paint everywhere.
how to paint a wreath

Spray paint is admittedly not the most ideal green craft supply.

If you have something you need to paint anyway, I extra love this HomeRight Paint Sprayer, which lets you get the convenience and smooth coverage of spray paint but you could use a non-toxic, zero VOC paint in it!

I do think it's a bit much for just this project, though.

BUT if you're making a lot (a wreath class? Girlfriend night in?) or have the sprayer out to paint something else anyway, that would be more ideal.

How to Make a Winter Wreath Step 2: Add sparkle

While the paint is still wet, dust the wreath with glitter. 

This is really important: Plastic glitter is a real problem that threatens the health of our oceans because it doesn't break down and ocean life eat it.

There are some excellent, beautiful, biodegradable glitters available now!

One brand I love is called Plur Vision. You can get their fine silver glitter on Amazon and the price is comparable to plastic craft store glitters.

While the paint is still wet, dust it with the biodegradable glitter.

Allow the wreath to dry.

Keep in mind that spray paint usually sets best between 60 - 90 degrees (check your can of paint for brand-specifics).

If you are making this project during a time of year that it is colder than 60 degrees outside, you will want to bring your painted wreath into the garage or a well-ventilated room (like a bathroom with a fan running and window cracked) to dry.
how to add glitter to a wreath

How to Make a Winter Wreath Step 3: Add snowflakes

Arrange the snowflakes around the wreath and attach them with hot glue.

I really like this dripless glue gun from AdTech because it has a fine tip for precision application and you don't get nearly as many strings as you do from a regular glue gun.

Any glue sticks you have on hand will work but if you need to buy something just for this project, the pro-strength glue sticks from Ad Tech have a stronger bond than regular glue sticks and I prefer them.
glueing dollar store snowflakes to a grapevine wreath

How to Make a Winter Wreath Step 4: Add felt pads

I like to add felt pads to the back of grapevine wreaths as I find the sticks have a tendency to scratch my door. 

Just use your hot glue to attach some felt pads on high or particularly scratchy spots.
add felt pads to back of the wreath

How to Make a Winter Wreath Step 5: Hang

I like the look of organza ribbon for hanging my winter wreaths. Due to the delicate nature of the ribbon, you will need to use this hack to make it look like the ribbon is holding it.

Use a metal wreath hanger to hold the weight of the wreath but loop the organza ribbon through the wreath to look pretty. 

I just attach the ribbon the backside of the door with a dot of hot glue or tape that can peel off later.
Silver and white snowflake winter wreath

Dollar tree snowflakes on winter wreath

DIY snowy white and silver winter wreath

If you love this project, save it for later!
I love this pretty snow wreath for non-christmas decor! This DIY snowy wreath is perfect for your front door in January through Valentine's Day. The rustic look is perfect for after Christmas and goes well with farmhouse style. The silver and white combined with dollar store snowflakes and a hint of glitter make it the perfect non-Christmas winter wreath! #creativegreenliving #winterwreath #snow #winterdecor #DIYwreath #wreathideas



Carissa Bonham, author, owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living

About the Author:

Carissa is an award-winning green lifestyle writer and mom of two active boys. The owner and lead writer for Creative Green Living, she most recently won the "Best Green Lifestyle Blogger" award at ShiftCon 2019 in Atlanta.

Her goal is to empower families to make healthier, more sustainable choices that are beautiful and delicious! 

She is also the author of Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017), Proven Techniques for Keeping Healthy Chickens (Skyhorse, 2018) and The Little Green Book of Mothers' Wisdom (Skyhorse, 2020). 

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