Making your own homemade square ivy wreaths is a cost-effective way to make appealing holiday decorations. The trick to crafting your wreath is to create a square base that is narrow enough to hold and be concealed by artificial ivy. The base must also be strong enough to hold the wreath once it is hung. Wire hangers are ideal for a wreath base. Once your craft is complete, hang your wreath on a door or wall, or give it away as a holiday gift.
Items you will need
- 2 wire coat hangers
- Wire cutters
- Needle-nose pliers
- 9-inch long branches of artificial ivy
- Lightweight floral wire
- 6-inch artificial redwood, pine or Douglas fir branches
- Artificial baby's breath
- Miniature plastic fruits and berries
- Miniature bows
- Permanent epoxy
Unwind a metal hanger. Keep the metal hanger hook intact. Bend the top right and left arms of the hanger out to 180-degree angles. Cut the bottom arm end of the hanger so the left end of the arm swings down to the right at a 90-degree angle to form an "L" shape. Cut off the remaining portion of the hanger with wire cutters.
Pinch the lower end of the "L"-shaped piece with needle-nose pliers. Bend the end of the wire upward into a 1/4-inch "U"-shape loop.
Unwind a second wire hanger. Cut off the wire hanger hook and twisted wire neck. Form the second wire hanger into an identical "L" shape as the first hanger. Cut off any extraneous wire on the second hanger.
Pinch one end of the second "L"-shaped piece with needle-nose pliers. Bend the end of the wire upward into a closed 1/4-inch "O"-shaped loop. Hook the "O" onto the "U"-shaped hook on the first "L" piece. Pinch the "U" shape closed to secure the connection.
Pinch the end of the 180-degree left side arm on the first wire hanger. Bend the end of the wire into a 1/4-inch "U"-shaped loop.
Pinch the opposite end of the second "L"-shaped piece with needle-nose pliers. Bend the end of the wire upward into a closed 1/4-inch "O"-shaped loop. Hook the "O" onto the "U"-shaped hook on the first "L" piece. Pinch the "U" shape closed to secure the connection. The square wire frame is now complete.
Trim ivy branches and lay them around atop the wire frame. Attach the branches to the frame with 1-inch-long pieces of lightweight floral wire. Spread out the stems and ivy leaves to give the wreath width and body.
Add redwood, pine or Douglas fir branches or baby's breath to the wreath if you wish. Attach these items to the frame with floral wire as well. Glue miniature plastic fruits, berries or bows over the top of the wreath's foliage wreath with permanent epoxy for additional shape and color.
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