Every year during the holidays, you will find front doors accessorized in traditional wreaths of pine cones, ribbons, and twine. There are so many options to choose from! But here at BFFF, we are all for being creative and expressing different styles. That is why we are so happy to have Gillian Ellis of Coastal Bride here to show us how to make a lovely cotton wreath that will add a little bit of a twist to the traditional and bring southern elegance to your home this year. Here is what Gillian has to say:
It’s that time of the year! Christmas trees are popping up everywhere and holiday tunes fill the radio. When your worrying about holiday expenses like flights and gifts, décor seems like just an added stress. Not to mention most holiday decorations like wreaths tend to be a bit pricy.
So why not break tradition this year? Instead of purchasing a pine or boxwood wreath, create this organic cotton design! Cotton wreaths are a traditional decoration in the South and normally run upwards of $60 to purchase. In under an hour and for less than $25, this DIY wreath is not only budget friendly but will make an elegant accent to any door!
DIY COTTON WREATH
-Cotton (Farmer’s Market)
-Grape Vine Wreath Form
1. Wire together 3-5 branches of cotton forming a long chain. Make sure to bundle your cotton closely so as not to leave big gaps.
2. After you have about 3-4 cotton chains begin wiring the chains to the grape vine wreath. Work your way around trying to cover as much of the wreath as possible.
3. Once your wreath is completely covered begin filling in gaps with individual cotton bolls. Remove the stems and use a glue gun to place the individual pieces in any remaining areas.
4. We chose to keep our wreath organic but feel free to add a bow at this step, simply attach with more floral wire.
And the great thing about cotton is it won’t die or fade in color like a pine wreath! After the holidays simply store your wreath in a lidded box to enjoy again next year!
Photography by Gillian Ellis