Saturday, November 29, 2014

Santa's Beard Wreath

Thanksgiving is over, so I can finally post my Santa's beard wreath!  Miss Koti Beth and I watched Gilmore Girls on Netflix while we made our wreaths.  She made a smaller version with a 12" ring and Christmas ribbon that she hung in her room.

I made this with tulle so I could try one of the popular tulle wreaths.  This would be really cute on a 12" foam ring too.  The hat fit the smaller wreath really great, but I wanted a bigger wreath because I have a big blank wall that needs filled when I take down my fall owl wreath.  Yes, my wreaths hang inside since no one will see them outside because we live so far from the road.

Since I have a wreath up, now I better get the rest of my decorations out and my tree up!

How to Make a Santa Beard Wreath with Tulle

What You Need

  • Wreath
  • White tulle (I used about half of a 25 yard roll)
  • Red ribbon or  yarn
  • Santa hat
Directions
  1. Since I used a straw wreath, I first wrapped it with plastic wrap to keep everything from falling out.  You can use any type of plastic wrap or even packaging tape.  
  2. Next I cut a strip of tulle 12" long and tied it around the wreath to make sure it was the right length.  It was, so I cut several more strips.  There are a few ways to tie the tulle on the wreath, but I just tied it in a simple knot like the first step of tying shoes and double knotted it.
     
  3. Then I tried and tied and tied more pieces.  I kept holding it up to look at it and it, and when it looked full, I saved two pieces of white tulle and moved on to the next step.  When they were all tied on, I gave Santa a beard trim to even out the tulle.
  4. I took red ribbon and wrapped it around the top of the wreath.  You could use ribbon or yarn or anything else that will wrap around. After I got it all wrapped, I pinned the ends and tied the last two pieces of white tulle over the edge of the red ribbon.
  5. The hat needed to stand up by itself, so I laid it on cardboard -- I cut off the back of a cereal box.  I traced the hat and cut it slightly smaller.  I cut the top of the triangle off so the hat would flop over.  I used a small line of glue on the bottom of the cardboard to keep it in the hat.  Then I glued the hat on the wreath.  I liked it a little off center.
And here's my finished wreath!