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Posted by Fantasia on December 19, 1998 at 17:21:23:

This wreath can be converted to match almost any will only need to change the colors.

To make this wreath you will need:

250 balloons (your choice of colors...but for birthdays I use the traditional bright primary colors)
250 1 3/4 inch floral pins
1 10 inch straw wreath with plastic ON
various holiday decorations (birthday crackers....balls......shamrocks.....etc)

make sure you get the balloons that blow up round.

take one balloon and place a floral pin over the middle......push the pin into the wreath. repeat 249 more times until the wreath is covered. use floral pins to attach party favors or other seasonal items.

4th of July.....use red/white/blue & firecrackers for decorations

St. Patrick's Day.....use bright green & plastic shamrocks

Valentine's Day.....use red/white/pink & hearts or lacy doilies for decorations

Christmas.......use dark green with random red ballons and small christmas balls * pieces of garland to decorate.

Easter....use pastel balloons and other springtime decorations like silk flowers or plastic eggs.

You get the idea........have fun and create a wreath for all seasons!

Posted by zaida on December 30, 1998 at 15:16:16:

Small Braided Wreaths
Designs by Lynda Williams
3/8" & 1/8" Satin Ribbon
Ribbon Roses
18 Gauge Floral Stem Wire
Hot Glue & Low Temp Glue Gun
Loopy Bow Sheet found at
1 Package Bonnie Macrame Braid - 4mm

For each wreath, cut the macrame braid into three 9" lengths. Braid these lengths together all the way down. Bend the stem wire into either a heart or circle which ever you choose. On the hearts, begin gluing the braid to the wire in the center of the braid and the inside point of the heart. Hot glue the wire to the back of the braid, letting the ends hang loose underneath. Unravel the ends up to the wire then trim the ends to a uniform length.
On the circle do the same thing with the ends. Tie a short length of ribbon around the unraveled part at the top of the unraveled ends. Wrap either the 3/8" or the 1/8" ribbon around the wreath gluing the ends to the back, or use both sizes of ribbon putting the 1/8" on top of the 3/8" ribbon. Following the loopy bow sheet, make a small loopy bow from the same ribbon and glue it to the front. On the heart, glue the bow to the bottom point, on the circle glue the bow above the unraveled ends. Glue a few roses on top of the bow.
The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results. Follow Manufacturer's instructions in using paints and other materials, keeping them out of reach of children, since some may be toxic, or otherwise cause injury.

This was found at the site listed below.

Posted by zaida on April 07, 1999 at 22:12:02:

You will need:
12" straw wreath
3 yards of fabric ( can be three or two different colors)
pinking shears

Cut your squares 3"x3" with pinking shears. You will want to pink the edges to avoid fraying.
use the screw driver to poke the middle of each square in the straw wreath.
I have been told the squares hold better if you use a glue gun poked in the hole first but I have never had a problem just applying the squares.
You can also poke in some flower decorations. I have added gold holly to christmas printed fabric wreaths.
A large (6") bow can really add to the finish project.

Posted by Carrie on April 22, 1999 at 00:08:00:

My sister in law showed me how to do them a little differently. She used the stra wreath and cut strips that were 2"x7" and gave them a twist, used a straigh pin to attatch them to the wreath. It works better if you first wrap the wreath in plastic wrap for the pins to stay better.

I have also done them with a styrofoam wreath and the pinked edge squares. I used a nail file to push the fabric into the wreath and dipped them into white craft glue before I poked them in. This one works great as well and makes pushing in the flowers or whatever easier as well.

Posted by arrowcaf on April 29, 1999 at 21:40:04:

Here's directions to make a very pretty wreath using dried apples.

Materials list
Heart-shaped grapevine wreath
Several red apples
Clear acrylic spray sealer
Cinnamon sticks
German statice dried flowers
62 inches of Country Red twisted paper ribbon (4 1/2 inches wide when untwisted)
Glue gun
small amount of floral wire

To dry apples: Dry apples the day before you plan to assemble your wreath. Begin by slicing apples vertically to make 1/4 inch thick heart shaped slices. soak slices in mixture of 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon salt for 3-4 minutes. drain and place apples on oven rack; bake at 150 with door ajar for 5-6 hours or until they feel leathery. When apples are cool, spray with clear acrylic spray sealer to retain color.

To assemble wreath:
Cover grapevine heart shape with 2 single lengths of eucalyptus and secure by gluing leaves to wreath. Untwist paper ribbon and cut in half lengthwise so you have 2 2-1/4 in strips. Set one strip aside for a future project. To make the center loop of the bow, wind one end of the paper ribbon over your thumb. fold ribbon back and forth behind the center loop to form 2 2inch loops, one on each side of the center loop. Repeat once more, making 2 3inch loops. Bring the free ribbon end up under the bow to form one big loop. fasten the layers together with wire wrapped through the center loop and catching the ribbon underneath. Cut the big bottom loop in half to form 2 tails of the bow. Wire bow to top of wreath, using enough wire to make a loop for hanging in the back. Fluff out bow and curl tails once toward the center. Glue tail ends to lower sides of wreath. Glue cinnamon sticks at equal intervals around wreath. Glue apple slices in pairs to cinnamon sticks, overlapping each other. To make a rose from an apple slice, cut the slice from the edge to the center. Starting at one end, roll slice into rose shape. Hot-glue the end down to secure. Glue apple roses in between cinnamon stick arrangements. Add sprigs of German statice around apple slices and roses. Glue a tiny arrangement of eucalyptus, apple rose and statice below center loop of bow. Hang your wreath.

Posted by mom1boy on May 27, 1999 at 10:00:05:

I saw this Wallpaper wreath done and it worked great. You use cardboard to cut out the shape of a wreath (with the whole in the can also do a swag shape) You use individual flower prints cut out from the walpaper and construct your own wreath from the different pieces. Then just add a bow real or paper and your done. Also, you can make wheelbarrel planters out of a laundry soap scoop, two buttons, and some soil and just glue the buttons on either side of the scoop and fill with dirt and plant seeds. These can sure brighten up a room.

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