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I have been on the search for an Outdoor Christmas Wreath for 6 years (that's how long we've been in our home together.)

I have yet to find one that I like enough to buy and display outside my home.

This year, I thought I would make one. So anyone ever made an outdoor Christmas wreath?

Care to share how you did it, what you used, what withstood the weather and where you found your supplies?

And pictures of Christmas Wreaths would be appreciated.

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 9 Nov 2010 3:34 PM
 26 Apr 2010
finallythebride
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are you looking for the real one or the fake ones? i mean the wreath itself.
ive made them and have made one every year. i used to sell them this time of the year.

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 9 Nov 2010 3:40 PM
 30 May 2005
 BC
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I've never made one but Martha Stewart's website has a whole bunch along w/ instructions....

http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/holiday-wreaths

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 9 Nov 2010 4:28 PM
 11 Feb 2008
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DH and I couldn't find one we liked either, so I dragged him to Michael's and we made one.

We picked up an artificial, plain cedar wreath and a bunch of different decorations to add to it. Michael's carried a large selection of decorations to add, which are simply shoved in wherever you want them and wrapped around the metal base.

I don't have a pic of ours handy, but it's pretty simple. This will be the third year that we've had it, and it has held up fine.

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 9 Nov 2010 5:47 PM
 3 Jan 2006
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Yep, I make wreaths all the time, for every season!

Michaels is the best place to start. Find a frame, things you want to put on it, ribbon you love, and a hot glue gun. And just go from there! Don't overthink it. smile

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 9 Nov 2010 10:07 PM
 29 Jan 2006
 Steveston, BC
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I've made a few!!
I got a fairly decent sized one for the door from Candian Tire for $9.99 (plain)

I really wanna make one of these, but it'll probably be pricey


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 10 Nov 2010 8:01 AM
 30 Dec 2008
 Nova Scotia
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I think I'm going to try something like this this year and make it more christmasy colors and decorations



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 10 Nov 2010 10:04 AM
 2 May 2005
Maritime Mama
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This one is really pretty and seems rather easy to make!

http://www.marthastewart.com/article/jun...g-ideas#slide_2

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 10 Nov 2010 11:00 AM
 1 Jan 2010
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The Stampin' Up catalogue had a good ides that looks relatively easy. I'd like to try it with more traditional colours. It's just lots of ribbon.



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 10 Nov 2010 11:10 AM
 22 Apr 2009
 Edmonton, Alberta
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My mom has one she made from strips of garbage bag tied around a hanger that has been reshaped into a circle. It has gone on our front door since I was little and I think she still uses it so they definately hold up in the weather! Hmmm...a new wreath might be a good Christmas gift for her!

Garbage bag wreath:


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 10 Nov 2010 12:18 PM
 20 Jan 2007
 Saskatchewan
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I made one a few years ago, using a grapevine wreath & pinecones from our yard. No pictures of it on this computer though...

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 10 Nov 2010 12:35 PM
 20 Nov 2007
 Burnaby, BC
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I went to Michaels and made mine. They had blank wreaths there and I just picked up some wide ribbon I liked and wrapped it around the wreath, then made a bow for the bottom. Nice and simple and I quite like it.

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 10 Nov 2010 1:17 PM
 15 Mar 2009
 Calgary
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I just make indoor wreaths, I have one hanging on the door which needs some repairs as the cat got to it last year (I really like making them look natural, so I use fake birds and pinecones and make little nests, apparently the cat really liked fake birds too)
I would go with less is more for outside and instead of gluing things onto the base tie them securely with some sort of wire, I'm thinking some big pinecones and whatever else feels right.

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 10 Nov 2010 1:27 PM
 14 Jun 2006
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For the balls and baubles one, I know Loblaws has big stacks of Ornaments all in matching colors for pretty cheap too. They look really nice (my mom bought some to redo her whole tree in Cream and gold a couple of years ago), and mixed with some Dollorama ones, it could be very neat! They were super sturdy too, as I dropped a few and they never broke.

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 10 Nov 2010 2:18 PM
 29 Jan 2006
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Janny, did you notice ones in the colours like the pic posted at Loblaws? or were they your typical christmas colours (red, gold, silver, blue, etc)

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 10 Nov 2010 2:26 PM
 14 Jun 2006
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CGS, I know my MIL just got some Green ones that are very similar to the ones in the picture (a lime green type of color), but not sure about other colors, haven't ventured over there in a bit, sorry.

And yes, the Ikea balls are GREAT! Most of our ornaments are from there and they don't ever break (even with kitties jumping in the tree and throwing it down wink The Martha Stewart on the other hand, didn't make it far lol). They always have fun and funky colors too!

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 10 Nov 2010 2:27 PM
 14 Jun 2006
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I know there's some pale pink ones at Canadian Tire a few years ago... Or was it Zellers... I got some to make a small 'girly' Christmas tree, but never got to use them. Maybe this year smile

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 10 Nov 2010 10:57 PM
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That would be my biggest concern - ensuring it was actually round!

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 12 Nov 2010 1:26 PM
 21 Jul 2004
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Divajen makes amazing wreaths. My sister currently makes wreaths for a Christmas company. I may have to get her to show me how it's done.

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 12 Nov 2010 1:39 PM
 15 Jun 2008
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Here are some more inspiration wreaths from my personal collection of "maybe one day I will actually make something!"

Love this one, so simple and cute




Thought this ornament was cute too:


Similar to the one everyone is crushing on, myself inculded..








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 12 Nov 2010 3:20 PM
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The December Style at Home issue has some amazing wreath suggestions.

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 12 Nov 2010 3:31 PM
 15 Mar 2004
 Toronto
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People were asking about Christmas Balls.

I was just at Dollarama and they actually had quite a few packages/containers for $2...you wouldn't feel bad using cheap ones on a wreath like that.

the only problem with the ball wreath, I would be very hesitant (for me and where my house is situated) to put it outside and that's what I want right now.

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 12 Nov 2010 3:37 PM
 4 Jun 2006
 Kitchener, ON
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I just bought the materials to make this one. I got it all at Michael's, except the yarn (because I already had it), and some ball ornaments (because I want to check the dollar store). I'll post pics when I'm done!

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 12 Nov 2010 3:45 PM
 1 Jan 2010
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Divajen does make great wreaths! I'm hoping she will make me an Xmas one wink but she has definitely inspired me to "consider" making myself one

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 12 Nov 2010 3:58 PM
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I'm off tonight to look at stuff to make some wreaths - I'm inspired! Dollarama is our first stop, then Michaels. Jan, let me know which way you want to go. If I find something that works I'm always happy to do one up for you as well! smile

beans - that's a beautiful wreath! And it may sound weird, but I totally love the paint colour on the wall behind it.

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 12 Nov 2010 4:50 PM
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 Alberta
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I'm all for a DYI wreath but I saw some of those christmas ball wreaths at HomeSense on the weekend and they were pretty reasonably priced (29.99!)

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 12 Nov 2010 4:58 PM
 22 Sep 2008
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Oh and just to add, I did make huge 4" wreaths 2 years ago that I put over my outdoor lights. I just bought the wreaths, ribbon, berries and faux birds at Michaels.

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 12 Nov 2010 5:08 PM
 22 Sep 2008
 Alberta
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I went to both Balzac and Beacon and they both had a couple of them so I'm sure they all do.

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 12 Nov 2010 5:08 PM
 2 Oct 2008
Allure
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Thx!

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 12 Nov 2010 5:10 PM
 1 Jan 2010
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Dj - I'd like a silver/white/blue themed wreath if your willing smile

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 12 Nov 2010 7:13 PM
 4 Jun 2006
 Kitchener, ON
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Diva - I had to go back and check it out! I wish I was doing it in those colours, but I had some sparkly Christmas yarn that I need to use up.

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 12 Nov 2010 11:07 PM
 1 Jan 2010
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your awesome!!

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 12 Nov 2010 11:38 PM
 3 Jan 2006
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It's done - will send pics tomorrow once I can take them in sunlight.

As for the ornament wreath, I seriously want to shoot myself. I gave it a try and have run out of ornaments - it will seriously take two to three times as many as I originally thought, so it's back to the dollar store tomorrow. Good times.

This project sucks. Big time.

In progress:


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 12 Nov 2010 11:44 PM
 29 Jan 2006
 Steveston, BC
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Looks great so far!
Dare i ask how much your balls cost? rofl

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 13 Nov 2010 12:01 AM
 3 Jan 2006
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diva.jen
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That's $12 worth of balls so far. The styrofoam was $10 and I'll likely need another $10-12 worth of balls.

Shoulda just gone out and bought the danged thing.

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 13 Nov 2010 12:21 AM
 15 Mar 2004
 Toronto
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But it's so much more fulfilling knowing you made it yourself...right?


And looks great, I'm super impressed!

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 13 Nov 2010 12:49 AM
 29 Jan 2006
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 13 Nov 2010 1:04 AM
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I have to stop looking at this thread. I have to stop wanting to try more things. MUST STOP! hehe.

Carol Ann, that's beautiful - and should be rather easy to do, I'd say. Looks so pretty.

And Girlygirl, that's a beautiful wreath too! I think it would look fab in red! Post pics when you're done.

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 13 Nov 2010 1:08 AM
 21 Jul 2006
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I've been wrapping styrofoam balls in yarn for 4 hours now if it makes you feel better Shannon. Only 6 more balls to go...

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 13 Nov 2010 1:09 AM
 21 Jul 2006
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Oh and I've spent $17 and still need to buy the wreath part. smile

Your ornament one looks great! Can't wait to see Jan's.

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 13 Nov 2010 1:31 AM
 6 Oct 2008
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My gf & I are getting together on Sunday to do a xmas craft day... I plan on doing a ball wreath as well, however, I have some leaves & such to fill in spots.

Diva - how many ornaments have you used so far? My wreath is fairly big....will be a blue & silver.

I'll post pics once I'm done - I really hope it's not a horror!

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 13 Nov 2010 1:37 AM
 21 Jul 2006
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I just added my balls up I have 72 of them. We'll see what happens tomorrow when I get a wreath.

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 13 Nov 2010 9:46 AM
 4 Jun 2006
 Kitchener, ON
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RCG - 72! Looks like I need to go out and get some more styrofoam balls! And I've only managed to wrap six. Time to get DH to help, I think.

I don't even want to add up the cost of my supplies.

I love the felt wreath! And the cork one is so cool (that's a lot of wine!)

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 13 Nov 2010 11:26 AM
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thelongthread.com has a ribbon wreath which they did for halloween but any colour would work for christmas, green, red, gold or silver...i'm going to try this one.

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 13 Nov 2010 12:50 PM
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Bean I have no idea if 72 is too many or not enough. I'm going to buy the wreath holder thingy today, I'll report back.

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 13 Nov 2010 3:30 PM
 3 Jan 2006
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Here's the blue/silver/white one that I did.



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 13 Nov 2010 4:16 PM
 19 Oct 2007
 On Top of Ol' Smokey
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This is becoming one of my favourite threads!! You wonderful ladies are so creative!!



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 13 Nov 2010 8:14 PM
 3 Jan 2006
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And here's my version of the balls one:



It was a pain in the arse but I'm relatively happy with the outcome. Needs a bit of tweaking still but for all intents and purposes she's done!

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 13 Nov 2010 8:31 PM
 6 Oct 2008
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Diva - I just have to say that it turned out beautiful! How many balls did you end up using?

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 13 Nov 2010 9:18 PM
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Thanks!

As for how many I'd have to guess, but I'd say well over 100? There are balls of four different sizes, and I also got some jingle bell thingies in the same colours and put those in there too to get a bit of sound. They're all from Dollarama.

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