Lap Crafts: Berry Easy

So, what do you get with a free evening, 4 berry stems and superglue?

To make this project, all you need are:

Berry stems – as many as you want, but I recommend multiples of 4; I picked mine up at Garden Ridge for $1.99 for a 4 pack.

Superglue – I prefer Loctite Control with this special grip – this was my first time using a bottle that didn’t dry shut after only one use.  Love it.

Ribbon, twine, or other accessories to get the finished look you want.

This project is so easy, I completed the whole thing sitting on the new recliner watching TV.  This should explain the photos for this tutorial; they are all taken on my lap.

Step 1:  Choose the size of wreath you want.  This will effect how full the wreath gets and the curve that each branch will have.

Step 2:  Shape the curve of each stem.

Since the berry part versus stem part is about half and half, by forming a C-shape with each stem, the berry section will create one quarter of the eventual wreath.  Make sense?

Step 3:  Overlap one stem over another, making sure that the berries are all curving in the same direction.  I placed the top half of Stem 1 on the bottom half of Stem 2.  Apply superglue to the areas that touch, holding a few seconds to let dry.

Step 4:  Continue the overlapping process until you have formed a complete circle.

Step 5 (optional):  Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you have a second wreath, then glue the two wreaths together to form a wreath with more densely packed berries.

Once finished gluing, you will need to create a way to hang the wreath.  I chose twine.

 

Hmm… still needs a little something.  A ribbon bow, some dollar store candle holders with twine glued on, and we’ve got a finished cabinet for the holidays.

There you have it – a $2 or $4 wreath with little more than glue and twine.  This project was easy enough that I created two more in gold and red for other places in the house.  This wreath won’t stay on top of the leaf plate for long… I’ve got another spot picked out.

I’ll probably add more foliage to the larger pieces for variety’s sake – you really can’t go wrong!

Comments

  1. says

    OOHHH! I love this! Was just thinking of something similar yesterday at Hobby Lobby!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

  2. says

    How sweet, I love berries. Thanks for the tutorial. I appreciate the tip on the glue, too. My E6000 is always glued shut.

  3. says

    Hi! What a beautiful wreath and clever idea! And it is easy enough for those of us who are…ahem…challenged in the craft department. :-) Thanks so much for coming over to Inspiration Friday this week and linking this up to the party! I hope to see much more of you in the future!
    Vanessa

  4. says

    amazing, eh… simple and looks great. i have a post on wreath making instructions and while different than yours, they are equally simple in making a gorgeous wreath. i just so amazes me…becuase when you look at your materials, can not imagine that the end it will look fabulous…

    anyhow, thank your linking it up with us at our diy craft tutorial linky party. a new party will open tomorrow and we'd love to see you again with something new…

    oh, and btw, i'm going to feature you so, do come and pick up your badge tmororow to proudly display on your blog: i'm featured!

    till tomororw
    Rose
    http://www.finecraftguild.com

  5. says

    Oh man, you did good girl. I love your pics, so crisp, and beautiful, and your pic with your feet, all cozy with those socks on is too cute.

    I can sooooo make myself one of these, THANKS for linking to **Amaze me AUgust**.

    Oh and girl, if you havent already entered my giveaway YOU SHOULD, there are SEVEN prizes, ONE winner, and you get extra entries, just for linking to my party, YAYYY,,, hurry, it ends dec 10th, so there isn't much time left, lol.

    I am so your newest follower, LOVE your blog so far, and you are right about that SUPER glue, it is by far the best, and easiest to use. Other than the purple on you brush on, I like that one too, :)

    Really hope you come enter, and add my button to your party list, so you come back again, I love having you girl…. and look forward to more ugly duckling,, :)

    Bella :)

  6. says

    Thanks girl for linking to my party **Amaze me August**, I SO had to FEATURE this beautiful simple wreath today. COme grab yourself a button, and display it proudly!!

    Bella :)

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