How to Use Wood Floral Picks in Wreaths

How to Use Wood Floral Picks in Wreaths
I choose to use wood floral picks on my flower or greenery stems that are either too thin or too short. This ensures I have strong mechanics with my wreaths and it enhances the overall quality of the wreath construction. My customers keep coming back to purchase from me because they know I pay attention to detail down to the mechanics of the wreath base and produce strong quality wreaths.

If a flower stem is too thin or the hot glue will melt the stem, then adding a wood floral pick helps sure up the stem, making it sturdy and giving more space for the hot glue to adhere. In other words, the wood picks help to make the flower or greenery stems meatier and therefore stronger.

If a flower or greenery stem is too short, then adding a wood floral pick will help to make the stem longer. Sometimes I need more depth in my wreaths and adding flower or greenery stems at different depth levels helps to create this and gives added fullness to the wreath. Adding wood picks can help extend the length of the flower stem to achieve this.

There are different lengths of wood floral picks and they come in sizes such as 3”, 4”, 6” and 8” both wired and unwired. My go to size for wood picks is typically 4” wired picks. This seems to work best for my wreath making craft…and easier for my fat fingers! Use the wire attached to the wood pick to wrap around the floral stem to secure the flower to the wood pick. The wood floral pick also has a point on the end making it great for sticking into grapevine wreaths or floral foam if you are into floral design.

After you wrap the wire of the floral pick securely and tightly around the stem, you want to cover the wire with floral tape. Adding floral tape on top of the wire helps to keep the wire in place. Floral tape is not sticky until you stretch it and then it releases the sticky residue. Floral tape sticks strongly to itself so, as you wrap, pull the tape to stretch it so it adheres and then overlap it about 1/2 of its width. Floral tape is made in several colors; I prefer green for my evergreen wreaths, brown for my grapevine wreaths and white used for wreaths with a white base used during Christmas and July 4th. Floral tape comes in several widths but I find ½ inch works well and is easily found in stores.

Steps for adding wood floral picks to flower or greenery stems for wreaths:

  1. Place the flower stem into the wreath to measure how far you want the flower to come out from the wreath. Use your fingers to hold the flower stem and to mark it. Then cut the flower stem 3” below that mark.
  2. While still holding the flower in your fingers, place the top of the wooden pick to the mark measured with your fingers and snugly wrap the wire from the pick around the stem of the flower and the pick working your way down the pick. Keep the wire tight the entire time you are wrapping. It’s best when you also wrap the wire below the flower stem and then back up so your flower won’t slip (see video below). Wrapping the wire tight does take practice but it is easy to grasp.
  3. Using floral tape, pull a section of the tape to activate the stickiness. Then wrap the tape around the wood pick you just wired onto the flower stem making sure to overlap the tape as you wrap down the wood pick. Tape helps keep the wire in place.
  4. Use hot glue or pan glue whichever you prefer to add glue on top of the floral tape of the wood pick and quickly stick the glued portion into your wreath.

When all of your flowers are glued into your wreath don’t forget to turn your wreath over and cut the wood floral picks short so they do not protrude from the back of the wreath. Cover these picks with either sheet moss or left over silk flower leaves to help cover your mechanics.

Here is a video clip showing you step-by-step how I use wood floral picks. This video clip is from my Silk Flower Christmas Wreath Video Tutorial:

 

As you can see, using wood floral picks does take practice but it is easy to grasp. For exact instructions for gluing flower stems into deco mesh or silk flower wreaths, refer to my videos or ebook links to the right.

I hope this tip of how to use wood floral picks in wreaths helps you in your wreath making craft. Let me know what you think or what tips you have or prefer.

Happy Wreathing,
Julie :)

How to Attach Plush Doll to Wreath

How To Embellish and Attach Plush Dolls To Deco Mesh Wreaths by Julie Siomacco of SouthernCharmWreaths.com
Adding plush dolls is a great way to take up space and add interest to a wreath. Since it will be the focal point of a wreath, I like to add it just after I’ve added ribbon or greenery to build up the base of the wreath and before adding ornaments or flowers. Some dolls I find are so gosh darn cute but are way too heavy because they are weighted, made to sit on a shelf. So, they have a heavy base. Let me show you my techniques on how to add plush dolls to Deco Mesh or Silk Flower wreaths:

  1. Make a small 1-inch, x-shaped incision with your scissors to the back or bottom of the doll where the heavy part of the toy is located. This is usually on the bottom part where it would sit on a shelf. If there is more than one layer of fabric, continue cutting x-shaped incisions until you have cut through the bag located inside the animal. That’s right; I said a “bag”. You see the manufacturers fill a plastic bag with either sand or pebbles to help weight the doll and sew it inside the doll.
  2. Place your fingers inside your incision and use your fingers to pull out the sand or pebbles used to make the doll heavy. This may take some time and is messy do hold it over a trash can. Keep putting your finger inside and pulling out the weight until you have the majority of the pebbles out and you can grab the bag. Once you can grab the bag, gently pull it out of the doll being careful not to rip a larger hole in the doll.
  3. From here you can either sew the hole closed with a needle and thread or leave it open if the wreath elements will cover the hole. On this example I left the hole open because the fabric was felt; however, if the material were more of a knit, sweater-like material, I would have sewn it so it would not unravel further.
  4. Use scraps of evergreen, ribbon, berries, leaves or anything you happen to have on hand to jazz up the doll somehow. In this example, I chose to embellish the present the elf doll is holding. This gives the doll a personal, decorative touch and my customers just LOVE my attention to detail!
  5. Use a pipe cleaner or floral wire to wrap around the doll somewhere where it will be hidden and not seen. Usually this location is either under the neck or around the waist of the doll. If you can’t locate a place and the wire is seen, then wrap a coordinating ribbon around and on top of the wire to help hide the mechanics of the wire.
  6. Nestle the now pre-wired doll into the wreath placing the doll off center either to the right or left of the wreath. I think placing focal points like dolls off center is more pleasing to the eye than if it were dead center in a wreath.
  7. Use the ends of the floral wire to then wrap around the metal frame on the back side of the wreath. Since the frame is also another mechanic of the wreath this will ensure the doll is attach to something sturdy.
  8. You can then pose your animal by crossing his legs, propping up an arm, etc. to make the doll come to life and add character to the doll. You can even add more embellishments if you want.

From here I continue designing the wreath adding elements from largest to smallest; so in this example, poinsettias, ornaments and then filler. Be careful not to drip hot glue onto the doll while designing the rest of your wreath, to do this I sometimes cover it with a piece of a plastic bag.

Here is a video showing you EXACTLY how to attach a Plush Doll to a Deco Mesh Wreath


I hope you enjoyed my secret tip of adding a plush doll to a wreath. Let me know what you think or what tips you have for adding dolls to wreaths.

Happy Wreathing,
Julie :)

How to Make a Whimsical Funky Bow

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Not only do I have an addiction to ribbon but I hoard it! That’s right, I’m so sick that sometimes I find ribbon that I have to purchase and then NEVER use! I’m a sick sicky! I tend to wait for THE perfect wreath or project to use it on. Then, gradually in all my waiting for the perfect wreath, it gets pushed back into my ribbon stash and before you know it, bam, the season is over and I’ve not used my perfect ribbon find. Ugh, I’m ashamed to admit I have done this too many times to count. Then I find I don’t have enough containers to hold my ribbon stash.

So this year I aim to destash my ribbon. To do this I’ve come up with a GREAT Deco Mesh wreath recipe in order to use up my ribbon. This wreath is so great, not only does it use a lot of ribbon but it uses up the leftover ribbon scraps. You know the scraps that are not enough to make a full wreath with but too precious or costly to part with.

Here is the Deco Mesh Wreath style I’m talking about. I just love that this style also uses up my leftover mesh because you only need 5 yards, yes I can’t seem to throw leftover mesh away either. I just shared the full wreath tutorial on making this wreath with my ebook customers and it has been a HUGE hit. However, I thought I would share with my blog followers how I make the funky bow that is used in this wreath. You can use this style bow on gift wrapping, in Christmas trees, in garlands, on mailbox swags, on evergreen wreaths, on top of a pumpkin, accent a bulletin board, etc. Wherever you want a bow.

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Here is the video:

 

Here are more wreaths I made and sold using this Funky Bow:

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I can’t wait to hear how you use your funky, whimsical bow on your projects! And if you would like the full recipe of this Deco Mesh Halloween Wreath Recipe, purchase my ebook at www.learndecomeshwreaths.com.

Here is just some feedback I’ve received after sending out the Halloween Wreath Recipe Video to my ebook customers:

“Julie, you are the most generous wreath designer out there. Buying your e-book was the best purchase because you just keep on giving. Thank you so much. I follow another wreath designer who also makes beautiful wreaths but her videos are so expensive and she doesn’t give real “freebies” like you do. May the Lord richly bless you.” ~Julissa Jumper

“You are so generous in everything you do, and I appreciate it so much. For the price of your ebook, we continue to get videos and wreath recipes .Buying your ebook was one of the best things I did to help my business. You are a true inspiration.” ~Carol Hilton

“Hi Julie! Thank you so much for posting this wreath recipe. When I saw it I was so excited to try it because I love working with the grapevine wreaths, but I can never seem to get the mesh to look right. You make it seem so simple so I am looking forward to the outcome. I tend to hoard ribbon also, so this is a great recipe for me to use up some of my extra supplies. I think its great you share your talent and tips with the rest of us. I believe that is the mark of the crafter and creative spirit. This ebook was the best purchase I’ve made. Thank you!“~Erin Gibson

“Julie, I have been viewing and reviewing your e-book for a few months now and I have to say, I love it! I wasn’t sure at first what I should expect. But you are a great designer and I thoroughly enjoy learning with all the new recipes you keep sending us! I would recommend you to anyone! You are an inspiration and I believe really care about your product. Thanks so much for deciding to share your great talent!” ~Sondra Moore

Have a Blessed and Wreath-Full Day!

Julie :)

Deco Mesh Mardi Gras Door Decorations-Video

Deco Mesh Mardi Gras Door - Learn to make this yourself!

How are you this Mardi Gras season? Do you have your decorations up? Are you ready to “Let the Good Times Roll”?  I know a lot of my customers put up their Mardi Gras decorations as soon as they take down their Christmas decorations on Twelfth Night while some wait a little closer to Fat Tuesday.

While we don’t do a lot of celebrating/decorating here in South Carolina like they do in other southern states, I really wanted to change things up this year with my entry door decorations because I just love the Mardi Gras colors of gold, green and purple.  Not to mention, there are so many festive decorations that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some! Hee hee  I had so much fun decorating and getting my door ready for this Mardi Gras season!

To decorate, I used so many festive elements including deco mesh, tons of ribbon, picks, flowers, beads, and even a fancy Jester Mask! I’ve received many compliments from my neighbors and friends.  To show you how I decorated my cold empty planters that go on either side of my door.

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 Deco Mesh Mardi Gras Jester Mask Door Wreath Video

I’ve made a step-by-step video showing you exactly how I made my jaw dropping Deco Mesh Mardi Gras Jester Door Wreath Here. This video gives you:

  • Step-by-step, detailed instructions how YOU can make a beautiful deco mesh wreath;
  • How to add three types of mesh and four different types of ribbon spread throughout;
  • How to securely attach a fabulous mask;
  • How to attach wire to ornaments and insert into your wreath;
  • Download your list of supplies including where to purchase them;
  • Access the video as many times as you want on your computer, smart phone or tablet;
  • 100% mobile ready using adaptive responsive technology which means it will fit all mobile device screens;
  • A wreath to display for many years!

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 Deco Mesh Mardi Gras Garland Video

Of course, you need a step-by-step video showing you detailed instructions on how I made the Deco Mesh Mardi Gras Garland here. This video gives you:

  • Step-by-step, detailed instructions how YOU can make a beautiful deco mesh garland.
  • How to add mesh and six different types of ribbon spread throughout.
  • How to securely wire silk flowers into your garland. Yes, I said wire!
  • How to attach wire to ornaments and insert into your garland.
  • Download your list of supplies including where to purchase them.
  • A secret product I use on just about every project that gives it a professional touch.
  • Access the video as many times as you want on your computer, smart phone or tablet.
  • 100% mobile ready using adaptive responsive technology which means it will fit all mobile device screens.
  • This is a festive garland that can be displayed for many years!

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How do you decorate for Mardi Gras?

Julie :)

Make Deco Mesh Wreaths – Sign Tips

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Many times when I purchase wooden signs for my Deco Mesh Wreaths there are other embellishments on or attached to the sign that I don’t want or have room for on a wreath. For example, the wooden sign in the wreath above was purchased with ribbon bows glued to the front of the sign and also had hanging wooden ornaments dangling from the bottom of the sign.

Below is a picture showing one of the bows that was glued onto the front of the sign. Do you see the pink pipe cleaner just beside the bow? This is where there was an ornament/embellishment hanging from the sign which I cut off. I then used the hole holding the ornament to attach the sign onto my wreath. (note: for detailed instructions on how to wire signs securely into a deco mesh wreath, please refer to my ebook, Learn Deco Mesh Wreath Design.)

 
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When I carefully pulled off the bows that came on the sign it also pulled off the paint; but that is okay, I will show you a trick to fix this.

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In the picture below, you can see where I’ve pulled off the bows (which pulled off the paint) and the holes that are now on the sign.

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Once my sign is wired into the wreath, I just hot glue small flowers on top of the holes and where the bows pulled off the paint from the sign. I also add a couple more flowers around the sign to make it look as if the flowers are supposed to be there and not just covering up the mechanics.

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Tip: Before hot gluing the flowers, place them around the sign to see if you like the spacing first. As you can see in the picture below, I tried out using a white cherry blossom before officially choosing the pink hydrangea blossom.

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I hope this tip helped with your own wreathing challenges. Please let me know if you have any recommendations or questions in the comment box below.

Happy Wreathing Ya’ll!

Julie :)

Deco Mesh Wreaths- Twist Tie Dilemma Solved

I love using wreath forms to make my deco mesh wreaths but there are times when the twist ties on the wreath forms are not evenly placed. When this happens, I have a “twist tie dilemma”! This happens during manufacturing and there is no need to return the wreath form because I have this very simple fix:

1. When one pair of twist ties are right beside another pair of twist ties (or not evenly spaced with other twist ties on the wreath form), use wire cutters to cut off the misplaced twist ties. Make sure to cut as close to the wire frame as possible but do not cut the wire the twist ties are attached too. Put the cut twist ties to the side for later use. You should have 1 set of cut twist ties (2 pieces).

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2. Twist a coordinating colored pipe cleaner in the correct location where the twist ties should have been placed. Note: When the color of the pipe cleaner matches the wreath form, it makes for a professional looking deco mesh wreath.

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3. Continue to tie in your mesh as usual for making a deco mesh wreath and when you come to the pipe cleaner use it as you would a twist tie by placing your mesh inside and twisting it a couple of times.

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4. Add your ribbon as you would normally. You can see a video for how to add ribbon streamers to deco mesh wreaths by clicking here.

5. Keep twisting the pipe cleaner until there is about 1 inch of twisted pipe cleaner and then use wire cutters to cut off the excess pipe cleaner. Wrap the twisted 1 inch part of the pipe cleaner back inside the mesh toward the back of the wreath.

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6. Now find the two pieces of twist ties you cut off of the wreath form in Step 1. Add hot glue to the tips of 1 end of the twist ties and stick them into the mesh where the pipe cleaner is.

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7. Add in your ornaments and picks as you normally would. I would not put heavy items on the twist ties you just hot glued into the wreath as they will not be sturdy enough to hold heavy items but you can hot glue lighter items.

Here is a video I took on my phone (sorry for the quality) showing the above steps:

 

The finished wreath, can you spot the pipe cleaner??

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Have you seen my FREE tutorial on making a curly deco mesh wreath? This tutorial gives away my secrets for making a full deco mesh wreath, how I cut my mesh quickly without the use of scissors, why pipe cleaners are my best friend and where to purchase deco mesh supplies. Click on the link below to learn how you can download my FREE tutorial on making a Deco Mesh Wreath!

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I hope this tip helps you, if so please leave me a comment! Found a better way to fix this Dilemma, if so I would love to hear it!

Happy Wreathing, Ya’ll!

Julie :)

Making Deco Mesh Wreaths is Fun

deco_mesh_hotpink_white_stripeWreath making has added so much happiness, joy and purpose to my life!  It really is so much FUN! You should see me dancing around my wreath shop to the radio as I make deco mesh wreaths.  What a sight THAT is…LOL!  I love making wreaths so much that I sometimes dream of new designs in my sleep and can’t wait to start them the next morning!

Once you catch the deco mesh wreath making bug…it is fun and ADDICTING!  It will be for you too when you start to make wreaths, you will see.  Wreath making can become one of the easiest and most rewarding hobbies you will ever undertake. You see, there is no right way or wrong way to make a wreath! You are creating art, just let it flow from your heart and it will be a masterpiece every time. Why? Because it is an original designed by you!

Wreaths aren’t just for doors anymore; a wreath can add so much warmth and a festive flair to any area of your home.  Small wreaths look great in bathrooms, children’s rooms, on bedroom doors, etc.  And larger wreaths can be used on a screened in porch, family room or even the kitchen.  Imagine a wreath matching your favorite sport’s team colors hung in the TV room during the big playoff game! Wouldn’t that be fun and a unique way to display your pride! What about a wreath for a new baby? Can’t you just image a pale pink or blue wreath with bears, raddles,and pacifiers tied in with coordinating ribbon? What about making wreaths to give away as holiday gifts, for wedding showers, as teachers’ gifts? The possibilities are just endless!

I often think how blessed I am that GOD has given me this wonderful opportunity to use my talent in my home based business.  So happy that I can make money at home and be home for my children when they get out of school.  And not to mention the relief of being able to help with our household expenses, times are hard for all of us.

Additionally, it is equally as important that I make a difference in people’s lives as I share, teach and encourage others with making wreaths (and selling them if they choose).  I am so thankful that I have this opportunity.  I have already had so much wonderful feedback for sharing my wreath-making secrets and I can’t wait to share and teach more! That’s why I created another FREE tutorial!

This FREE tutorial teaches you step-by-step how to make a curly deco mesh wreath.  This tutorial gives away my tips for making a full deco mesh wreath and how I cut my mesh quickly without the use of scissors, why pipe cleaners are my best friend and where to purchase deco mesh supplies.  Click on the link below to learn how you can download my FREE tutorial on making a Deco Mesh Wreath!

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Happy Wreathing, Ya’ll!

Julie Siomacco

How To Make A Wreath Craft Show Display or Storage

Do you need more room for storing your wreaths? Are you a fellow wreather like me? If so, then I know you crave more storage/crafting space and smarter storage areas. I want to share with you my idea for storing my wreaths until I sell them. It’s so easy and no tools are required! This display would also be perfect for displaying your wreaths in craft shows; you can easily disassemble and reassemble as needed because this requires no tools. This took me 15 minutes to construct and cost less than $50.

 

What you will need
3 ClosetMaid 6′ x 15.89″ Shelves ($15 ea at Lowe’s)
15 Heavy Duty Cable Ties (I used TwistTail 14.5″)
9-12 “S” Hooks (31 cents ea)

 

Assemble The Base
Line up two of the shelves vertically side by side and use cable ties to secure tightly in 5 places. I secured 1 on the top, 1 in the middle, 1 on the bottom, and then in between those areas for a total of 5 ties.
Side one should look like this.

Now attach the third shelf to the two just connected, again secure in 5 places using cable ties. Note: I attached the cable ties in the same areas all the way around. Your display should now look like this.

Now twist off the excess cable ties.
Hang Your Wreaths
Now you can use the “S” Hooks to loop onto your wreath hangers and attach to the shelving grids. The feet on the bottom of these shelves are already covered with protective coating from the shelving unit itself so it won’t scratch the floors.  I found this display to be very sturdy and level. I was prepared to use a 2′ x 2′ square piece of plywood and drill holes into in order to zip tie the display to that for a stable base, but I don’t need to. It’s sturdy on its own.

Like I said, these would be great for using during craft shows alone or combined with other display methods. What do you think? I hope this was helpful to you. I have 3 of these constructed that I use to store my wreaths until they are sold.

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Make Your Own Wreath Easel How To

I just LOVE my wreath easel! I love it because a wreath easel enables me to hang my wreath vertical when designing so that all I have to do is step back and then I can see what my wreath will look like hanging up on a customer’s door. Many people design their wreaths on the wall to also get this same effect.

In my ebook, Learn Deco Mesh Wreath Design, I mention where I purchased my wreath easel but a lot of you have emailed me mentioning that, for whatever reason, you are not able to make that investment. Therefore, I put my hubby to work in helping me design a work wreath easel that is easy to assemble (you don’t need to be a wood worker or engineer), easy to use, sturdier than the floral easels found in the craft shops, and can easily be folded up for storage.

Additionally, I like that you can easily put this easel on a table top so it doesn’t take up room on the floor. Just remember to put a piece of cardboard under it to catch those glue drips. If you have a high stool, you can work and sit down, which has been a blessing during those busy seasons for me!

Materials needed:
2 6′ long 2×2 pine studs (will cut to three 3′ sections)
5/16″ wooden dowel (only need 4″)
#16 light duty, link chain
1 5″ bolt 5/16 in diameter
1 5/16 Wing Nut
2 #212 x 15/16″ Screw Eyes
2 5/16 x 1-1/4 Washers

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ruler
drill
drill bits (7/16 & 5/16)
circular saw or jig saw (or have Lowe’s or Home Depot cut for you)
clamp
pliers

Step 1 Cut The Legs

Using a circular saw or jig saw (or have Lowe’s or Home Depot cut for you) cut 3 pieces of the 2×2 three feet in length. Hubby made a mark on each side of the wood and then used a straight edge to draw a line all the way across. After the cuts are made, feel free to sand your wood pieces but we weren’t going for looks here so I opted not too.

Step 2 Angle the Tops of the Outside Legs

Lay one of the three foot pieces you just cut flat on the table straight; this will be your back leg and will be in the center of the finished easel. Now, lay a second piece on top of that one but move the bottom of that leg out 9 inches from the center back leg (in the 2nd pic below you can see we used the cheap craft store floral easel as a guide).

Using a pencil mark your angle underneath this piece of wood.

Turn the wood over and use a ruler to sharpen up the pencil line you just drew if you cant see it.

 

Using a circular saw or jigsaw and a person to hold the wood, cut on the line.

This newly cut piece of wood or outside leg will now be your guide for your other outside leg. Lay the newly cut leg on top of the other outside leg and use a pencil to trace the cut. Cut this piece of wood the same as the last with the saw.

Now when you line up the top of the three legs, it should look like this:

Step 3 Adding The Bolt

With the tops of the legs lined up, use a clamp to hold all the legs together tightly.

Turn the clamped pieces on their side and measure 3 inches down from the top and place a mark in the center of the wood with a pencil. This is where you will drill your hole.

Use a 7/16 drill bit to drill a hole all the way through all three pieces of wood.

Once your hole is drilled, insert the bolt through one washer, through the three legs, and place another washer on the other sie. Use the wing nut to screw on and tighten as much as you can but still be able to move the center leg backwards.

Your wreath easel should look like this. Once you complete the easel, you can use the wing nut to tighten in order to keep the legs in place, or loosen to collapse the legs for storage.

Step 4 Adding the Dowel Hook

Measure 3 inches on the dowel and use a hacksaw to cut the dowel. This will be the peg used to hang the wreath hanger on when you design your wreaths. (NOTE THE PICTURE SAYS 4 INCHES BUT I THINK IT COULD BE 3)

Lay the three legs back down on the table an use the drill with a 5/16 drill bit to drill a hole on a 45 degree angle. Drill the hole only about 1/2 inch deep. This is where your dowel will go and you want it to be angled up.

Use wood glue to glue the dowel into the hole you just drilled. Squirt glue into the hole and then put the dowel inside the hole. Some glue will seep out of the sides. You do not need to let the glue dry before finishing the wreath easel but obviously let it dry before hanging a wreath on it.

Step 5 Securing The Legs

In order to secure the legs to each other, add a chain from the front two legs to the back leg. To do this, open the wreath easel up and stand it on the table. From the bottom of one of the front legs, measure 12 inches up from the table and insert a screw eye into the center of the leg but facing to the back of the wreath easel (or back leg). If you have soft wood, you can just twist it in with your hand or if not, use an awl to start the hole and twist in the screw eye. Do this for the front two legs. On the back leg your screw eye will still be 12 inches from the bottom but the screw eye faces towards the front of the wreath easel.

Use pliers to open one of the links on the end of the chain and insert this into a screw eye on one of the front legs. Use the pliers again to close the chain link back making it secured to the screw eye. Now hold the chain up and back towards the back leg to measure the length of chain needed. Use pliers to again to open the link, which will now free it from the rest of the chain. Insert the link into the screw eye on the back leg and bend it back with your pliers securing it to the back leg.

You can now use this chain length to measure out your second piece of chain length. Use your pliers to open the links and insert into the front and back leg screw eyes.

There you have it a sturdy table wreath designing easel

I do hope this is an easy project for you, that was my goal; easy but effective. I want you to be able to crank out those wreaths quicker & easier. Let me know if you need help with any other aspects of your wreath making endeavors and as always, I am here to help you succeed!

Happy Wreathing Ya’ll!