Wreath Making Schedule

Annual Wreath Making Schedule
One of the most asked questions I receive from my ebook customers is what time of the year to start making certain holiday wreaths. My answer? To stay ahead of the buyer. Buyers start searching for seasonal and holiday décor well before it’s time to display them. Even if they wait to purchase, they start looking and dreaming of that perfect décor piece that will make their home or entry way inviting.

In response to this frequent question, I created a wreath making schedule. According to the schedule for the month of April, a wreath shop owner would be finishing up spring wreaths, working on Mother’s Day wreaths and beginning summer wreaths. Additionally, you may think that June and July would be slow months for wreath making. Unfortunately, if you are making wreaths for a business, there are no slow months. In June, I like to be finishing up last minute summer wreaths and my patriotic wreaths for July 4th. In July, I like to start my collegiate wreaths for the back to school and football season as well as Christmas…yes I said Christmas in July!

Why make Christmas wreaths in July which is mid-summer, isn’t this too early? Well it’s popular for online retail shops to hold an annual Christmas in July sale. Believe it or not buyers know this and they are looking for Christmas items whether it be for gifts or décor in July. Etsy.com always holds an annual Christmas in July sale towards the end of July and I like to take advantage of their advertising power and jump on board with their campaigning. So I discount any leftover Christmas wreaths from last year and make smaller priced, gift giving sized wreaths to add to them. My screen door wreath recipe from my ebook (www.learndecomeshwreaths) is a perfect example of a lower priced item perfect for gift giving.

Another good measure to stay ahead of the market is to watch your local craft stores. If you see Hobby Lobby setting up seasonal or holiday décor, this is a sure sign that you should also be gearing up to display the same seasonal/holiday wreaths in your shop.

This is the schedule I use and of course can be modified to include other holidays which are not popular in my area/shop (i.e., Fiesta in April, which means I would suggest finish making wreaths in March). This yearly schedule would probably work well for any other crafter who is looking to stay ahead of the game too.

I hope this yearly craft making schedule helps you! I would love to hear of other holidays you make wreaths/crafts for which I left off? Do you think this is a good representation? If so, please leave a comment below and please share it on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Download and print this calendar here.

Tip: Use this same calendar to help with posting ideas on your social media accounts too. This calendar works very well with Pinterest because buyers use Pinterest to help plan upcoming events well in advance. However, for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I would wait and not post holiday topics too far in advance since these social media accounts are used more for current events.

Julie :)

Yearly Wreath Making Schedule

DIY Make A Simple Spring Wreath Bow

How to Make a Simple Spring Wreath Bow
I love the simplicity of a loose bow when designing my spring silk flower wreaths. Bows just seem to look better when they are more casual with a few long loops; especially if your wreath style is more on the wild and natural look. In this tutorial, I show you a ridiculously simple method for tying a spring wreath bow. And guess what? There is and no need for twisting the ribbon or having your hands cramp! Yippe!

You will need approximately 5 yards of 1.5” wired ribbon. This produces a bow with 30” long streamers.



Interested in getting instructions on how to make a Silk Flower Spring Wreath like the one pictured here? Just visit this link.

How To Make A Silk Flower Spring Wreath

How to Box a Wreath for Shipment

How to Box a Wreath for Shipping

It is very important to me that my wreaths, which I’ve spent countless hours on designing, shopping for supplies, listing online and marketing actually arrive to my customers in the same condition as when I ship it. When customers receive that huge box, I want them to be Wowed, Happy and Excited about their purchase from me. This just makes for good customer service. Below are the steps I take to box a wreath for shipping. The video is posted at the bottom.

Choose a Strong Shipping Box
I cannot stress to you enough how important it is to use a strong box made for shipping. Do not use boxes pieced together or recycled because they have a greater chance of falling apart during the shipping process. The shipping companies will throw your box around, it will fall on the ground or off shelving in the trucks so you need a strong corrugated box to begin with. Strong shipping boxes can be purchased at various places including online (with free shipping) and directly from a corrugated box manufacturer. For a list of online places refer to my shipping report of my ebook, www.learndecomeshwreaths.com. Choose a box that is 2″ smaller than the diameter of the wreath in order to save on shipping costs.

Supplies Needed
Shipping Box
3” Packing/Shipping Tape
4-6 Pipe Cleaners
Awl (Punch, Ice Pick or Screw Driver)
Box Sizing Tool
Box Cutter
Shipping Label

Taping the Box
Tape the flaps on the bottom of the box together using 3” packing tape made for shipping. Place two strips of tape on the bottom flaps to close the bottom of the box. Using one piece of tape on each side seam, tape both of the unfinished seams of the box closed ensuring all four sides are smooth and will not be caught on something during shipment. Your taping should be in the shape of an “H”. Turn the box over to the open end.

Place your wreath inside the shipping box. If you have to maneuver your flowers to fit the smaller area, make sure to turn all the flowers in the same direction, either clockwise or counter clockwise.

Wire the Wreath inside the Box
To prepare, take the four pipe cleaners and twist them together to form two long pipe cleaners. Please note, if your wreath is heavy, you will need to add more pipe cleaners. Once the wreath is inside the box, search for a place to thread the pipe cleaner safely in the wreath; a place that will not smash the elements on your wreath. For deco mesh wreaths, I choose a place between the loops near the twist ties and around the heavy wire frame. Do not wire on top of a loop, run the wire in between loops, ornaments and ribbon.

Once you have found a place, use a punch or ice pick to punch holes on both sides of the metal wreath frame (or grapevine wreath) so that the pipe cleaner will be able to wrap around the frame. On each side, punch holes through the box and out through the bottom of the box.

Thread each ends of the lengthened pipe cleaner up through the bottom of the box. Be careful because the pipe cleaners sometimes get caught in between the mesh loops and you will need to guide them back to the correct area.

Once both of the ends are threaded and inside the box, pull snug to ensure the pipe cleaner is a tight fit against the outside bottom of the box. While pushing the wreath snug to the bottom of the box, twist the ends of the pipe cleaners together over the metal wreath frame. You want a very snug fit. Keep the pipe cleaners long and showing so the recipient can locate them to untie it from the box.

Follow these same instructions to wire the wreath to the box in a place on the opposite side of the pipe cleaner you just added by repeating the same steps above. If your wreath is heavy, more than 4 pounds, I would secure the wreath in three places.

Shake Test
Turn the box upside down where the wreath is suspended upside down in the air and shake. If the wreath slides around in the box or flops on one side, then the pipe cleaners are either not sung enough to the bottom of the box or you need to add another set of pipe cleaners in the location that flops.

Resizing the Box
It is important to make the depth of the box as small as possible to save on shipping cost. After the wreath is wired into the box, lay the box open on a table. Measure the distance from the tallest point of either an ornament or the wreath mesh to the top of the box. This is the space we need to eliminate. Set a box scoring tool dial to the number of inches you just measured. (For example, if my wreath is in a 12” deep box, I usually cut the box down to 6” deep so I would turn my dial to 6”). Then run the scoring box sizer tool along the sides inside the box.

Once I’ve scored all four sides, I use a box cutter to cut the corners down to the level of the scoring, this allows me to be able to fold the sides down over my wreath. Here is the tool I use to score the sides. I purchased mine at the same place I purchased my boxes but I’ve seen them sold on amazon.com click this link here. You could also use a scoring box sizer tool similar to a pizza cutter; however, you may need to score your box when the wreath isn’t inside the box.

At this point you can add a piece of tissue paper on top of the wreath so that if the box does rub against an ornament it will help to protect it. Close the top flaps of the box down. Note, if your box is more than 27” wide, I would cut off the extra cardboard after scoring on two opposite sides so that they do not hang down onto the wreath which can damage the wreath during shipping. But if your wreath is less than 27” wide, I would not cut off excess box material after scoring.

Taping the Box
Place two strips of tape on the top to close the top of the box. Use two additional strips of tape to tape down any area that may be sticking up due to cutting the box size down. Using one piece of tape on each side, tape the two unfinished sides of the box closed ensuring all four side are smooth (in an “H” shape and the same procedures we did for the bottom of the box).

IMPORTANT AND DON’T FORGET – Now place two pieces of tape on top of EACH of the visible pipe cleaners on the bottom of the box.

Address Label
You can easily print off a return address label from a word processor; type up the return address and shipping address as if printing an envelope. Print off using a printer. Fold the paper and use packing tape to completely tape over the entire label so it will not get wet, if it rains.

Here is a video demonstrating the above steps:


For the complete shipping report that includes where to purchase boxes, how to save on shipping, different shipping options and why I only charge $15 to ship a wreath, refer to my ebook by clicking this link www.learndecomeshwreaths.com.

How to Make Deco Mesh Wreaths

I hope this helps you box your wreath for shipping!

Happy Wreathing,


How I Setup A Wreath Shop In My Garage


Many of my followers ask me how I have my wreath business setup in my home. Well here it is, welcome to my wreath shop! It’s not pretty and I’m sure it won’t be breaking any Pinterest repining records but it is functional. I have my shop setup in my two car garage. I have to share the garage with yard tools and my husband’s Disc Jockey equipment but I’m fine with that; I just feel very blessed to be able to work from home. I guess I could take the time to paint the walls, put in flooring, etc. but honestly, I don’t need a fancy space to be creative and no one sees this space but me. One day maybe I can spruce up the place but for now, I’m just happy that I swept the floor.

It is wonderful to work from home and to be here for the kids when they get home from school. However, I sometimes have a hard time transitioning from work to family life and I usually work longer than I should. Plus it is much easier putting off housework to go make pretty wreaths. LOL My workshop has no heat or AC, the garage door is insulated but not the exterior wall. But that’s okay, I use heaters and fans to help control the temperature. One day I hope to have insulation added to that wall.

Here is a walking tour video I made showing you the different zones of my wreath shop:


I clean the work area 3-4 times a year, typically when I transition from season to season or when it gets so cluttered that I can’t safely walk around. You can see more pictures of my workshop below including some additional notes.

Below is where I stock my shipping boxes. I list where I purchase my boxes locally and places online in my ebook link here www.learndecomeshwreaths.com.

Wreath Shop Setup SouthernCharmWreaths Boxes
I have two large shelves where I have clear plastic bins of ornaments, ribbon, ect. On the top I store wreath forms and on the bottom I store mesh sorted by holiday and/or season.

Wreath Shop Setup SouthernCharmWreaths Boxes

This is the area where I take my pictures. I use three shadow boxes to light the area and I use a piece of insulation to help reflect the light back up. I talk about how to edit photos in my ebook forum, www.learndecomeshwreaths.com I hang some of my premade wreaths on pegs from the ceiling. Hubs created a long hook for me so I don’t have to climb a ladder when I need to get one down.

Wreath Shop Setup SouthernCharmWreaths Boxes
This is my work easel and table where I hot glue. You can find instructions for making a table top version of a wreath easel link here. I keep containers full of seasonal flowers that I change out as the season does. Most of these spring flowers came from Michael’s or Carolina Pottery. Under this table I store 10” mesh and grapevine wreaths.

Wreath Shop Setup Southerncharmwreaths

I’m supper excited about my storage drawers from Walmart! On the end by the garage door of this photo, I stacked two drawer units on top of each other. The plastic open shelving unit is where I store my current season ribbon (4th of July or St. Patrick’s Day) and is from The Container Store. The black rotating shelf organizer is from Harbor Freight Tools. You can see another video of this on my SouthernCharmWreaths Instagram page here.

Wreath Shop Setup by SouthernCharmWreaths

Another picture of organizing my ribbon by color in drawers. I love these drawers because they can be pulled completely out so I can take the whole drawer with me to the work table.

Wreath Shop Setup by SouthernCharmWreaths

I use an elevated card table with a utility mat on top of it for cutting ribbon and making the mesh wreath bases. The utility mat is green and I can use my rotary cutter on it without it damaging the table. I also have a brown piece of cardboard under the mat. I like to write down my wreath recipes in ink pen here, that way if I need to work on a wreath I haven’t made in a while, I just lift up the mat and find the recipe. A wreath recipe is just like a cooking recipe, it has measurements of ribbon and mesh, number of ornaments, placement of elements, and pricing. I give out a lot of my wreath recipes for free to my ebook customers here. I also use the step ladder as a form of shelving to hold my partially used mesh rolls. This helps me to remember to use these first instead of opening a new roll.

Wreath Shop Setup by SouthernCharmWreaths

I have another table on the other side of the card table where I lay out all of the seasonal signs, ornaments, flowers etc. that I want to use. I work better when everything is out in front of me and I don’t have to search. Many times as I am working on one wreath on the card table, I’m glancing over to the supply table to see what I have and contemplating my next wreath…always thinking ahead. I have a box of burlap mesh and paper mesh on the end of the table, under the blue wreath. Under the supply table I store evergreen wreath bases and boxes of out of season supplies. On the end of the table by the garage door I store long stemmed flowers in plastic garbage cans.

Wreath Shop Setup by SouthernCharmWreaths

Well, that concludes the tour of my wreath shop! I hope I was able to give you some tips for organizing your own craft room space. Let me know if you can think of a better way to organize mine as I’m open for any and ALL suggestions.

Happy Wreathing,


How to Make a Bow with Multiple Ribbons

How to Tie Multiple Ribbon Bow

If you are a frequent follower of mine, you know that I am a ribbon addict! I can’t get enough of fabulous ribbon because ribbon just makes me so happy!! Therefore, I’ve been searching for a way to make a multiple ribbon bow using only a few yards of ribbon. I saw this technique once at a floral show but only now have I mastered it giving it my flair. You see I had a customer request multiple bows with her wreath order but I forgot to purchase enough ribbon to make full bows. So I started thinking of ways to use the ribbon matching her wreath but where I only needed a few yards and then remembered this technique.

Why I LOVE using this bow technique:

  • Save money – If you want to make a bow using expensive ribbon use this technique to incorporate the ribbon into the bow and add less expensive ribbon as the other ribbon choices.
  • Limited Supplies – If you only have a couple of yards of ribbon, you can still incorporate it into a bow.
  • Whimsical Look – This bow technique is definitely a more modern look but you can use traditional colors or bow fabrics to freshen up any traditional décor to a more modern look.

Here is a Video on How To Make a Bow With Multiple Ribbons



  • If you have too much ribbon edge showing in the center after the bow is completed, you can trim it with scissors.
  • I prefer my bows to have an odd number of loops; therefore, making the fourth ribbon tail short tricks the eye into thinking that there is another loop in the bow of that color but you can easily add another loop if you prefer.
  • Feel free to change the loop sizes to make a smaller or larger bow to work with your craft or décor need.
  • Feel free to add more ribbon making each ribbon layer 1” larger that the first.

Quick Reference to the above video:
Ribbon 1- 2.5” wide by 1 yd. 11” long (make 3 loops 5” long)
Ribbon 2- 1.5” wide by 1 yd. 28” long (make 4 loops 6” long)
Ribbon 3- 1.5” wide by 1 yd. 22” long (make 3 loops 7” long)
Ribbon 4- 2.5” wide by 1 yd. 17” long (make 3 loops 7” long)

Supplies used in the above video: 4 different ribbons, Scissors, Pipe cleaner

Written Steps to the above video:
Adding Ribbon #1
With the cut end of the ribbon facing towards the right, pinch the ribbon together one inch from the end and make a 5” loop. Move the tail of the ribbon down and fold it to the back to make a second 5” loop pushing the center of the ribbon behind your thumb. You should now have a bow tie with two 5” loops on either side. Form a third 5” loop as you did the first except twist the ribbon tail so that the decorative top of the ribbon faces you. The tail of this ribbon should fall to the right.

How to Tie Multiple Ribbon Bow

Adding Ribbon #2
With the cut end of the ribbon facing towards the left, pinch the ribbon together one inch from the end and make a 6” loop. Move the tail of the ribbon down and fold it to the back to make a second 6” loop pushing the center of the ribbon behind your thumb. Continue making loops this way until you have four 6” loops forming an X behind ribbon #1 loops. Remember to twist the tail of the ribbon so that the decorative top of the ribbon faces you. The tail of this ribbon should fall to the right.

How to Tie Multiple Ribbon Bow

Adding Ribbon #3
With the cut end of the ribbon facing towards the left, pinch the ribbon together one inch from the end and make a 7” loop. Move the tail of the ribbon down and fold it back to make a second 7” loop pushing the center of the ribbon behind your thumb. You should now have a bow tie with the loops of this ribbon falling between the X shaped ribbon #2. Form a third 7” loop as you did the first except twist the ribbon tail so that the front of the ribbon faces forward. The tail of this ribbon should fall to the left.

How to Tie Multiple Ribbon Bow

Adding Ribbon #4
With the cut end of the ribbon facing towards the left, pinch the ribbon together one inch from the end and make a 7” loop. Move the tail of the ribbon down and fold it back to make a second 7” loop pushing the center of the ribbon behind your thumb. You should now have a loop on each side behind ribbon #3 loops. Form a third 7” loop as you did the first except twist the ribbon tail so that the front of the ribbon faces forward. This tail should fall to the left and be short to give the illusion of another loop.

How to Tie Multiple Ribbon Bow

Secure with a pipe cleaner
Reposition the loops if needed and fluff
Dove tail the ribbon ends How to Tie Multiple Ribbon Bow

Vendors: I purchased this ribbon wholesale but I’ve seen it also at trendytree.com, craftoutlet.com and carolinapottery.com.

Where to Use This Bow: wreaths, garlands, Christmas Tree, home decor, gifts, etc.

This technique may take a little practice to get the hang of but once you do, I’m sure you will love it just as much as I do! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and I will try to help.

Please feel free to share this blog post and video.

Happy Wreathing,


I’ve pinned this tutorial on my Pinterest Board “Wreathology – How to Make Wreaths”

10 Ways to Use QR Codes at Craft Shows


I highly recommend QR Codes for any printed advertising you do for your wreath business and especially for craft fairs where you sell. I am sure you have heard of QR codes by now, but if you haven’t, they are basically like barcodes you see on grocery store items. However, the difference between the two is the amount of information QR Codes can store and share. When you scan a QR code with your Smartphone, the image will kick back information from the QR code. What information you ask? Countless amounts of information and you choose what you want to share. The information held in a QR Code, the ease of use, and cost (free) makes them practical for any print used for a small business.

In order to read a QR code, you must install a free QR code reader on your smartphone. Just go to your app store and search QR Code Reader, there are many to choose from. However, choose an app that allows you to also create QR Codes not just read them.

So how can you use a QR Code to promote your wreath making business?

  1. Print out a sign and display it at your craft fair in a pretty picture frame or even in an inexpensive acrylic frame. This will allow your foot traffic to take a digital business card with them.
  2. Build Social Media Followers –Create QR Codes to generate Facebook Follows, Pinterest Followers or Instagram Followers. You create the QR Code so that when it is scanned, it automatically links to your social media pages so your fans can follow you.
  3. Capture emails –This is one of the most important in my book. Generate a QR Code from your email service provider (such as mailchimp.com) so that when a customer scans it they complete the form to be added to your email list. Later you can email your customers a newsletter, new products created or exclusive discounts, etc. This is a great way to stay in touch with your potential customers months after the craft fair is over.
  4. Generate a code that includes all of your contact information so that when a customer scans your QR CODE your contact info can go straight to the phone’s address book.
  5. Link to a blog or a blog post –If you have a popular blog post you feel your customers will benefit from while shopping at the craft show, have them link to it through a QR Code. For example, If I sell a wreath I may want to give customer information on how to care for their new wreath, how to store it, how to fluff it once out of the box, etc. So I can have them scan a QR Code instead of printing all the information on paper or better yet, link to a Youtube video of you demonstrating the procedures.
  6. Offer Coupon Codes –Let’s say I offer a discount for the day for just those customers at the craft fair but they are not ready to commit to purchasing from me or they left their wallets at home. I can offer a QR Code with the daily discount code where they can enter it in my Etsy shop or website at a later time. Your buyers will really appreciate your patience with their decision making time.
  7. Display on your car in the form of a magnet –Who has time to find a pen and paper when driving. If you display your business name and website already on your car, consider adding a large QR Code.
  8. Add to Printed Material – Add a QR Code to business cards, brochures, marketing materials, price tags, etc. Here is an example of how I use QR Codes on the BACK of my business card.

    How to Use QR Codes on Business Cards
    How to Use QR Codes on Business Cards
  9. Share Your Location – Use a geographic QR Code generator to create QR Codes with your embedded co-ordinates. The geographic co-ordinates are stored and when scanned will redirect to a static mobile Google map of your location. A great way to have your foot traffic share the word on Twitter or Instagram for those already in the area to find you. Just enter in an address or place a marker on the map, click the ‘Create Map QR Code’ button to generate the geographic QR Code. This isn’t available with all QR Code generating apps so you will need to make sure you pic an app that offers this.
  10. This is very GREEN – In a society that is overrun with excessiveness, this is refreshing to offer something green to your customers and save a tree.

These are just 10 Ways to Use QR Codes for Craft Fairs but the possibilities are endless. How would you or do you use your QR Codes now? If you don’t have a QR Code yet, just start out small with your web addresses or Etsy shop address and build it up as you are more comfortable. It is FREE you have nothing to loose.

Julie :)

If you don’t have a smartphone but you want to read a QR code. Here is a QR code reader.

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.



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.

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



 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!



 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!

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


How do you decorate for Mardi Gras?

Julie :)