Easy DIY Crafts Projects

A Year of DIY Wreaths

The crafting experts at HGTV Magazine show you how to dress your door with a different easy-to-make wreath every month.

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October: Spiderweb

Paint a 14-inch foam wreath with orange crafts paint. Let dry, then stick a dozen T-pins into the back of the wreath so they’re evenly spaced. Tie twine to one pin, then wrap the twine around the wreath, looping it around the front and the pins in the back to create a web. Snip excess twine; tie the end to a pin. Paint small wood circles with black crafts paint. Hot-glue eight short pieces of black twine to each circle for legs, then stick two round yellow stickers on for eyes. Hot-glue a longer piece of twine to each circle’s back, then hot-glue the other end to the web.

Materials: Wreath: 14" extruded foam wreath, $5, hobbylobby.com; Paint: (wreath) Apple Barrel acrylic crafts paint in jack-o-lantern, $1 for 2 ounces; (circles) Apple Barrel acrylic crafts paint in black, $1 for 2 ounces, both plaidonline.com; Twine: Black hemp 20-pound spool, $5.50, hemptwines.com; Wood circles: For similar styles, try joann.com; Stickers: My Mind’s Eye enamel dots, $5 for a set of 60, scrapbook.com

November: Woodland Scene

To make the owl, cut a three-inch circle out of burlap and hot-glue it to the front of a preserved moss ball. Hot-glue two artificial daisies for the eyes and an acorn for the beak. Hot-glue sheet moss to the bottom of an 18-inch grapevine wreath. Insert a wood skewer halfway through the bottom of the owl. Stick the other end of the skewer through the moss and wreath. Secure with hot glue if necessary. Hot-glue small pinecones and artificial mushrooms, along with small tufts of sheet moss, around the wreath. Loop braided jute (for similar styles, try mjtrim.com) around the top for hanging.

Materials: Moss ball: 6" reindeer moss, $15, jamaligarden.com; Daisies: For similar styles, try Michaels stores; Wreath: 18" grapevine wreath, $4, save-on-crafts.com; Sheet moss: Preserved sheet moss, $4, joann.com; Mushrooms: 4 1/2" decorative mushrooms, $13 for a set of 4, jamaligarden.com

December: Holiday Argyle

Cut 25 two-by-five-inch strips of red felt. Wrap the felt around a 16-inch wreath, overlapping the pieces slightly and securing them with hot glue. Cut 16 two-inch diamonds from green and white felt. Hot-glue them to the wreath, alternating colors. Wrap elastic silver cord around the wreath so it crosses in an x over each diamond. Hot-glue the cord ends to the back of the wreath, then hot-glue a jingle bell in the center of each diamond. Tie a bow with taffeta ribbon and use straight pins to attach it to the bottom of the wreath.

Materials: Felt squares: 18" wool felt squares, $4, tadaastudio.com; Wreath: 16" extruded foam wreath, $8, Michaels stores; Silver cord: Metallic elastic cord, $2.50 for 5 yards, joann.com; Bells: Hourai 13-millimeter bells, $4 for a set of 12, tohoshoji-ny.com; Ribbon: For similar styles, try joann.com

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