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DIY Modern Christmas Wreath

DIY Modern Christmas Wreath

Back at it again with the ladies from Beijos Events to bring you an awesome DIY! So a lot of the time when people say "oh my gosh how did you make this?!" and I say "oh this!!? It's easy let me show you!!" ... well this is one of those projects that I'll say is a little more complicated ;) BUT individually each piece is super approachable for the average crafter so if you're up for a little bit of a challenge, then follow along!!

Otherwise you can also just buy one here or here ;)

There are three major steps to this project: 1. floral swag 2. macrame hanging 3. combining

FLORAL SWAG MATERIALS:

FLORAL SWAG ASSEMBLY

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Choose your base floral - a simple pine is what I chose because it had a lot of structure to build off of and wasn't the "feature" color

*Note: I almost always lay out my entire piece without gluing/connecting to begin just to make sure I have the balance right.

Using your florist wire, wrap two long pieces together so they are facing opposite directions 

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Add your next layer of "base" using the same method as above

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Next I added my large "focus" pieces - the large flowers. I cut them from their original stems, but left about an inch of original stem to use to wrap around my "base"

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I reinforced the connection between the flowers and the base using florist wire

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I then added my larger filler elements (these gold twigs) - again using the same florist wire method

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Next came smaller filler elements - these green velvety leaves. I hot glued these in place. With these I fully removed them from the "base" they came on - they should just pop right off with a good tug.

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Medium pink flowers were next. These came in a "bunch" so I cut each individual flower, leaving a small stem to work with. These were hot glued in place

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Even smaller flowers were added using the same method. All up, I used 7 different types of florals in this piece - 2 base green stems, 1 large focus flower stem, two small flower stems, one medium flower stem of an accent color, and one structural stem in an accent color.

Phew! Next section: Macrame!!

MACRAME HANGING MATERIALS:

MACRAME INSTRUCTIONS:

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Cut your dowel to your desired length and paint with your choice of acrylic metallic paint (or leave natural) - set aside to dry

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Cut between 30 and 35 strands of macrame twine at 26" in length

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We are going to start with a "Larks Knot": fold one of your lengths of twine in half and wrap over your dried dowel 

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Pull the tail through the loop and pull tight

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Repeat until you reach your desired width for you macrame hanging

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How here is where things get a little dicey - pull your furthest left strand apart from the rest of your hanging. Try to think of this strand from here on out as your new dowel. This is no longer a string - it is the "dowel" you are tying your other strings onto. If you pull on this string as though you are tying your shoes - pulling each strand evenly, you will not get the results you want.

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Pull the left most string all the way across your piece - remember it's your new dowel. We will do double half hitch knots all the way across.

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Grab the next leftmost string - this is the string you will be knotting first - make a "four" (the same made by the two strings crossing) with the leftmost string on top

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String the second most left strand through the loop of the four made by the leftmost string. WHEW - you got that? Slowly synch them both up together - at the top remember you are knotting the second leftmost string ONTO the left most string - ideally you'll be pulling tightly on the second string while simply holding the leftmost string in place

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Do this TWICE with each string. The second leftmost string is done after it has knotted onto the leftmost (aka: "new dowel") string. Repeat with the next string in line making your way left to right. Your "dowel string" stays the same - this is the string you will knot all the rest of the strands onto

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This took me many many tries to get right when I first started doing macrame so don't be discouraged!! It takes practice and patience!! The nice thing is you can ALWAYS pull the knots out and try again - which I have done countless times.

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add your leather strap for hanging to the ends of the dowel

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Place your swag on top of your macrame hanging to get an idea of where you want to attach

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Flip over and attach using your florist wire and a dab of hot glue

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Hang somewhere front and center and enjoy the endless compliments on your amazing creativity and skill. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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