…the most wonderful time of the year
Let’s learn how to make a simple, modern embroidery hoop holiday wreath. It’s time to start decorating for the holidays again (gasp) and I am in full-on elf mode. I’ve hot glued my fingers more times that I care to admit in the past couple days, but boy, do I have some fabulous decor to share with you!
I’m still digging the minimalist look, so less is more when making this type of wreath. It’s a real bonus for the budget, too! Any time you don’t have to fill the entire diameter of a wreath with decor and embellishments is a place for some savings. These wreaths go perfectly in a house with modern farmhouse decor (cue the buffalo plaid here). They could also be equally at home in a more modern boho space. I love these so much, they might be staying past Christmas.
Here’s what you need:
If you’ve read my blog before, you already know I am a huge fan of embroidery hoops for all sorts of projects. They are cheap, lightweight and come in so many sizes. I grabbed three sizes of wooden embroidery hoops ranging from $1.00-3.00 at Hobby Lobby. (One large and two small). Wit this particular wreath, I was able to make TWO wreaths out of each hoop, since I could hide the tightening mechanism behind the ornaments or bows.
It only took about two sprigs of faux greenery to make all three wreaths.
I selected a cool shaggy evergreen sprig and an olive branch with several sprouts. I wanted something that would work well with the modern aesthetic I was going for.
Assembling your wreath is easy:
I always cut apart the larger branches into smaller sprigs before placing them on the wreath. It is easier to work with the smaller pieces and looks more natural.
I just squirted a good amount of hot glue on the outer rim of the hoop near the bottom of the wreath (just off the center) and placed a small piece of greenery and held it until the glue was semi-hard. I did the same thing on the other side, trying to keep things semi-symmetrical. I kept glueing branches until I had the look I wanted.
In the gap where the branches start at the bottom, I hot glued a variety of round ornaments in matt, shiny & glittery black to the hoop. I also mixed in a few large wooden beads into the arrangement. It’s nice to get a variety of sizes for variation.
On some of the wreaths, I also included a simple felt bow. To make one, you just take a rectangle of felt, accordion fold it and pinch it in the middle, then tightly wrap some floral wire around the middle. You can hot glue the bow in place or just leave a little extra wire and secure it by wrapping the wire around the hoop.
Go out and trim your hedge:
I wanted to try out adding some live greenery to some wreaths, so I cut a few sprigs off some boxwoods from the yard and used those in place of faux. It was super easy to work with the live plants and I definitely want to try to incorporate more real greenery into my projects in the future.
I selected black and natural wood for colors, since I wanted something modern, simple and neutral. I am crazy about how they turned out and hope you’ll try out this project, too. Don’t forget to share your work if you make my modern embroidery hoop holiday wreath with the hashtag #greysnailmakes. And if you like this embroidery hoop project, you may want to check out my modern dreamcatcher.