SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2011 | Comments: 1
Thanks to Stephanie Lynn over at Under The Table And Dreaming for including this project in her Handmade Holidays series featuring STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam products. I was thrilled to be a part of it!
At this time of year, I can never resist the opportunity to come up with a new wreath design. I thought I’d try something different and modernize the traditional advent wreath. I was able to complete this project in an afternoon – it’s an easy way to add a festive look to your holiday table.
A 12" advent wreath of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam is covered in silver painted nuts and small glass ornaments to create this unique look.
For this project you will need: a STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam 12" advent wreath, 3 large packages of assorted nuts, about 30 small glass ornaments in assorted finishes, a glue gun and silver spray paint.
Apply nuts to wreath with glue gun.
Be sure to equally distribute the different types of nuts so they are all placed evenly around the wreath.
Leave space around the candle holders so the peg cups can sit down in the wreath. (Quick Tip: If you end up with any thin strands of dried glue sticking out – blow the wreath with a warm hairdryer for a minute – those annoying threads of glue will melt away.)
Let wreath sit for about 15 minutes to let the glue fully dry, then take it outside and give it a few coats of silver spray paint. Cover the whole thing with paint – even the brass candle holders.
Grab about 30, 1-inch glass balls in different finishes.
Remove caps from balls before gluing to wreath – it makes it easier to nestle them into the cavities of the wreath.
Using the glue gun, apply glass ornaments to wreath.
Create a balanced look by distributing the balls evenly around the wreath.
Instead of using tapers, I used glass votive peg cups.
Place peg cups in each candle holder & fill with candles. (Quick tip: Once the candles have burned down, place the peg cups in the freezer for about an hour – then place them upside down and tap the bottom – the melted candle remains with slip right out and you can refill with a new candle.)