How to Make a Christmas Wreath

| 12/17/2013 4:02:00 PM

Tags: Christmas Wreath, Frasier Fir, Crafting, Do It Yourself, Toddler, Christmas Tree Farm, Sarah Sinning,

Sarah SinningGood morning, all! I don’t have a ton of time to write this morning, but I did want to share a little project I did at home over the weekend, which I’m actually pretty proud of. Now, this may not seem like much of an accomplishment to all you veteran crafters out there, but to a novice like me, this was a pretty major endeavor. I should also probably point out that I did this on a Sunday afternoon with a very rambunctious 1 year old to keep entertained at the same time, so I suppose getting anything done under those circumstances is a pretty big deal.

So, what did I actually accomplish this weekend? Well, I’ll tell you – I made my very first Christmas wreath using leftover branches from our tree!

Christmas Wreath

Before I get into the actual process I used for crafting this beauty – can you tell how tickled I really am over this? – let me first say a few words about this tree, which in and of itself was another big deal for me. Why is that, you may be wondering. Well, I haven’t actually put up a tree of my own in over a decade, that’s why. What with being a student and traveling a lot, I either a) wasn’t going to be home much over the holidays anyway or b) simply couldn’t afford it. As you can see in the photo below, I am a REAL tree girl all the way – does it get much better than a house full of fresh fir tree aroma? To me, it does not. Plus, I’ve always been a fan of making a trip out to the local Christmas tree farm – yes, even before it was trendy to go local. This has been a family tradition as far back as I can remember, and I’ve always looked forward to continuing it. The only issue with this tradition, though, is the price. A real tree from the farm is generally going to run you somewhere around $20 higher than the version in town on the lot (and I don’t even care to know what a fake tree would cost – in my world, Christmas trees simply have to be real). This may not seem like a lot to some folks, but to a very broke college student, that money might as well have been a fortune.

Frasier Fir Christmas Tree

But this year, even though things with a baby are still pretty tight, we decided to splurge a little and revive this family tradition. And let me tell you, even though my son does get rather perturbed from time to time since he isn’t allowed to touch the ornaments, when he sits there in front of it and points at it in wonder or even lightly pets one of the lowest limbs, this just reaffirms how totally worth it this decision was. Oh, and I guess you could say I like it, too. Wait, what am I saying – I absolutely LOVE coming home from a long day at the office to those colorful lights, that heartwarming aroma, and my son learning something new about the world and our various traditions.

12/24/2013 9:12:13 AM

Thanks, Dave! I so look forward to when my son really understands what's going on at Christmas. I can't imagine much better than the look on his face Christmas morning when he first sees what Santa brought him in the night! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family as well. :)

12/22/2013 6:20:49 PM

GRIT editor Sarah, your wreath looks awesome. It's way better than I would craft up. I'm glad you are enjoying this Christmas season. Wait until your son gets to be about five or six the real fun begins. My grandson is nine and is so excited for Christmas to arrive that he is practically ready to explode. Even though the Santa years are over for him, he's still excited about the Christmas morning present exchange. ***** Have a great Christmas season with your family.

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