A few weeks ago my daughter sent me a link to a darling snowman wreath at Williams-Sonoma. You can see it HERE. She really wanted to order it but when she saw the price tag ($69.95) she asked me to make one instead. Isn’t that what mothers are for? Anyway, I was glad she asked because I love sharing a good knock-off…plus since it’s not technically “Christmas” it can be left out all winter. This was a very fun and quick project that used basic supplies from any craft store. No fancy stuff required.
Supplies needed for base:
3 grapevine wreaths in graduated sizes (I used 8, 10 and 14 in.)
Greenery – either narrow garland, picks or stems
The first step is to wire the wreaths together with the smallest wreath on top. One piece of wire securely attached will do the trick. Next, start sticking your greenery in the wreaths. If you use a slight angle, like the spokes on a wheel, the greenery will turn around the wreath easier. If you are using a garland, just attach it in a few spots with wire. Here’s what you have after the wreaths are connected and the greenery is attached. Now it’s time to dress this snowman. We found this Red Burlap Chevron Ribbon at Hobby Lobby and at 4 inches wide, it’s the perfect width. It needs to be rather wide so it looks like a scarf. Another option is to actually use a real scarf. Can’t get much easier than that. I made the mittens from one square of red felt. Click HERE FOR THE MITTEN TEMPLATE. Trace four mittens on the felt and cut out inside the black line. For the first mitten: Cut a small, rectangular piece of card stock and hot glue it to one mitten side. (You can skip this step if you want to. It just gives the mitten a little stiffness.) Hot glue the 2 mitten pattern pieces together with a thin bead of glue around the edge. Repeat for the second mitten. I have no shortage of sticks in my yard so I wandered outside and found two that sort of matched. I broke them off to about 10 inches long and stuck them into the sides of the middle wreath. No glue or wire used. The final and finishing touch was slipping the mittens on the sticks.
If you don’t count the time it took to shop for the materials, this whole project from start to finish took about an hour. That even includes hunting for the sticks. The cost breakdown is $11 for three wreaths, $5 for the bolt of ribbon and $.40 for the square of felt. I had the greenery in my stash so that was free. If you had to buy it, a couple of pine greenery bushes (cut apart) would do the trick. Total cost: under $20. The best thing about this project was that my daughter got to keep her $70 but still got a snowman wreath!
Click any of the images below for more inspiration!