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12 Days of Christmas: Day 6 12″ “Gilded” Wreath Giveaway

UPDATE: This giveaway is closedCongrats to Beth Kilgore who was randomly selected to receive the 12″ Gilded Wreath!

Joy to the World, it’s day 6 of our 12 Days of Christmas DIY and Giveaways! I’m excited to share this one with you. While the tutorial on it isn’t long, settle in with a good movie, or two and a cup of hot cocoa because this one while not difficult will take a decent chunk of time. The sparkly bright pay off however is totally worth it!

Remember to enter to win this Gilded goodie…


Step 1: Gather your supplies

  • 12″ wreath form (though it can be brittle, I suggest a foam form)
  • duct tape
  • flat headed thumb tacks (You can get a box of 300 for $1 at the Dollar Tree and I burned through 4 whole boxes and into the 5th)
Step 2: To give your foam form some stability (and prevent it from shattering as it has been known to do so in the hands of small children) wrap the entire surface of your form in duct tape. Start taping on an angle, this will help you work your way around the form with a slight overlap. Try your best to keep the tape flat, but bumps are inevitable so don’t beat yourself up. The thumbtacks cover a multitude of sins. If you find you have a few spots where the tape is really crooked or raised sections are stuck together, you can easily snip off that excess. The tape will still stick to itself in the little bit that’s closest to the form itself.
once you’re done your wreath form should look like this…
Step 3: Starting on the inside of the wreath, place your first thumb tack. Make sure to place it far enough towards the back (the side that will be against the wall) so that if the wreath is viewed from an angel the duct tape is not visible.
Now trying to maintain a straight line, continue placing your thumb tacks along the inside of the wreath form, overlapping the thumb tacks slightly and continue all the way around the wreath.
Step 4:  When you reach a point where the final thumb tack of the row will over lap your first, raise the first thumb tack up slightly, and push the last thumb tack underneath the first so that you maintain a consistent look of your thumbtacks overlapping each other. (sorry for the blurry photo) Step 5: You can now begin your second row of thumb tacks. Start the next row above the first and offsetting the thumbtacks so that their spacing is staggered in between the thumbtacks of the row below.
 As you continue, it will look something like this…
Repeat this process moving your way upward and outward along the wreath form until it is completely covered in thumbtacks adjusting as you go around since the surface area that you’ll be covering will get bigger as you work your way toward the outside of the wreath form.
Don’t forget to take breaks to sip on that hot cocoa from time to time …
Step 6: You can attach a small loop of ribbon to the back of your wreath to hang it from or you can use a longer decorative piece to hang it with. I chose the latter and embellished it a bit with a sparkly poinsettia I found in a random box of Christmas stuff. The center was pretty ugly so I pushed a thumb tack through the middle to give it a little continuity. Here’s what I ended up with and what one of you lucky people will too when I announce today’s giveaway winner!
Oh, and if you’re wondering where you might have seen all these thumbtacks recently, remember Day 4’s 12 days of christmas glittered paper ornaments? These are the same ones I used to cover the joints of the paper.

9 Comments

  • Heidi Mitchell

    06.12.2011 at 15:31 Reply

    This year I decorated for Christmas with lots of felt, fabric & plastic. No breakable ornaments in this house this year.

  • Vicki Runninger

    06.12.2011 at 15:46 Reply

    Too Cool, great use for duck tape for the women now 🙂 it looks great. Can you use the decorative tacks?

    • Michelle

      06.12.2011 at 15:54 Reply

      Absolutely, the cost of your project will go up considerably, but that would make a great statement.

  • Allison

    06.12.2011 at 15:45 Reply

    Ooh, i like this 🙂

  • Nicole S

    06.12.2011 at 16:14 Reply

    How long did this take to make?

    • Michelle

      06.12.2011 at 23:53 Reply

      really not as long as I would have expected-another reason that I chose to do it on a 12″ wreath form. You could easily pop in a 2+ hour movie and have it done as long as you aren’t interrupted by kids, husband, chores, you know…life.

  • Mom

    06.12.2011 at 20:22 Reply

    I’ll say it again, dear daughter, your God-given creative talent is amazing!

  • Elizabeth Heine

    07.12.2011 at 08:57 Reply

    This is beautiful!

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