Tuesday, November 29, 2011

V and Co: how to: simple poinsettia wreath

first off, hope you had a great thanksgiving holiday. i am still recovering from turkey/pumpkin pie/stuffing and all the fixings hangover...so i'm moving a little sluggish these days, but nothing like the christmas season to keep you moving right along, or rather push you right along...so here we go.

yes, another wreath. since i'm all about wreaths (so it seems) on my door for the season, i was trying to think of what would look classy and beautiful. poinsettia wreaths can be found lots of places, but normally they look like yuck, unless you want to pay lots of money for a great fake one or pay lots of money for a live one (that will need to be tossed as it wilts) and so, i decided to make my own with some flowers i found at micheals.

i know, seriously? you are probably thinking...um do you work for micheals cause you talk about them all the time. are you trying to push their products on us? nope, i just go to the closest place and that place just so happens to be micheals. mystery solved. um and they also send me tons of coupons in my email, and give me 40% off receipts every time i shop there...so they have my love.
you are also probably thinking do you have some weird obsession with wreaths? and the answer is yes. i've scaled down to only a couple in my home (2 to be exact) and of course the changing one on the door. so back off.

okay things needed:
9 poinsettia stems (ashland christmas stems)
1- 18" grape wreath
wire cutters....oh my gosh my poor hands...NO....
okay lets try this again:
9-poinsettia flower stems
1- 18" grape wreath
bolt cutters if you have them, or heavy duty wire cutters to save your hands/and repentance of swearing like a sailor because it's so hard to cut through the stem.


the stem originally is $5.99 a stem, i bought them when they were 50% off but i went back and saw them for 60% off? i could of been dreaming. but whatever you get each stem for $3 if you do the 50% off so that's still a pretty reasonable price to pay for a wreath you get to keep for the next year.

what i did:
-take your heavy duty wire cutters or bolt cutters, and aprox 3" from the base of the flower cut the stem.
-do this to all your 9 stems.

- just like the hydrangea wreath you are going to push your stems through the grape wreath (and you can hot glue it down if you feel the need, i did not)

-i overlapped the poinsettias a little so it was completely full, but with 9 flowers you will see you will have to overlap them a little to make them all fit.


it looks amazing on my door and i'm thinking of going back and making another one for my living room, to change out the one in there already, just for the season. :)
okay today i'm working on an ornament tutorial, since i've gotten some requests for it. hopefully it will work, if not...well we move onto the next thing! :)
we'll talk soon.

26 comments:

Krista Hansen said...

That is beautiful! I think I'll have to try that soon. It will look awesome on my black front door. You are so creative!

Kimberly said...

Love it! I made a wreath yesterday too! It looks super cool. I really like yours though. Mine cost me a total of a dollar, I used the trimmings from my christmas tree, a thrifted wreath which was a dollar, hot glue, some fabric flowers, left over hemp, red ribbon, and a piece of left over tan ribbon to make the bow, I could post a picture.. It looks lovely. =)

Theresa said...

this is gorgeous, thanks for the tutorial! I saw some beautiful white poinsettia stems at michaels last week, I think that would be fab too! t.xoxoo

mascanlon said...

I used to totally resist the "fake" flowers, stems and wreaths. Silly me! Once I thought about both the cost savings over time and the ease of pulling them out of storage, decorating done, I was all over my natural only stance! This is very pretty Vanessa, thanks for sharing.

**nicke... said...

AWESOME!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

It is stunning!!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Beautiful! I love traditional decorations and this definitely fits in that category. :)

Linz said...

Oooo - that's pretty!!

Darn, I was just at Michael's...

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

Love the red wreath...but just think how amazing it would look on an aqua door.

bethanndodd said...

Just lovely! Smiles~Beth

goletagirlwendy said...

Love the wreath!

able mabel said...

Looks easy and do-able!

Tina said...

You are so rockin Christmas :) I'm with you~~~I LOVE WREATHS!!! I just love your hydrangea wreath also. I'm going to have to try this. Thank you so much for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season :)

Jessica said...

Michael's pusher...

I swear your blog is the ONLY one I don't save for later (and then forget to read!) Once it's in my inbox, I click on it, hoping for something beautiful and inspiring, and also, a laugh. Keep up the good work, V. :)

Linda said...

That is A-mazing! So beautiful. I wish Michaels sold online. I live near one but can't walk around, so I don't get to go...8-( I love Micaels....big sigh....lol. One of these I will bribe, er ask, someone to take me and maybe rent a wheelchair. I want to make your Hydrangea wreath, also. They remind me so much of my mother.

Lindam530 said...

Love your wreath! It is gorgeous!

Thimbleanna said...

"..so back off." Back off? Is this anyway to talk to your besties LOL??? It's a beautiful wreath -- thanks for the tutorial!

notes of sincerity said...

Oh my goodness! I love how fluffy and gorgeous your wreath is! I am going pretty simple this year, but I am really wanting to make this wreath!! :o) Usually I cut berries and pine branches from my yard and put them in my metal hanging basket next to the front door. :o)
Have a great week!
love ya, Trish

bdaiss said...

I share your wreathing obsession. Thank you for another simple, elegant, and festive idea!

Fran said...

that is stunning! So festive, loving your work as usual :)

All8 said...

Alrighty, just so you know my Michael's was completely sold out of these poinsettias. Plenty of others languishing in their bins. The power of Vanessa in action. Michael's should pay you a percentage of their profit when you post something so gorgeous.

I drove down the street to Hobby Lobby and bought some there, their poinsettias are 50% off too. Now to go find DH's heavy duty wire cutters.

sonia said...

I've followed your tutorial and done my poinsettia wreath. Thanks, I love it, although my flowers are not as "real" as yours and it was my first time with a hot glue gun. Quite an experience! My first wreath but surely no the last one. Thanks a lot!

Send Gifts to Karachi said...

I found this really very awesome and they are looking very beautiful at your home door for welcome.

MsLindaK said...

New pinner here (actually ADDICTED pinner!) Although the season is past, I absolutely LOVE this post and I was just wondering what to do with all them potted poin's sitting in my basement that need new life... great tutorial and I like the Hydrangea Wreath idea as well. Thanks again!

Doro Kaiser said...

a pretty wreath. i love these big red blossoms!
I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

doro K.

Anna M. said...

It looks so pretty.

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