Tell me: do you decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving or after? It’s a question Joanna posed on her Instagram and I’m dying to know what you think here on the blog. This year, we’re sharing holiday posts early to help inspire you, no matter when you decorate. Like this oversized peace sign wreath! On it’s own, it’s a very cool way to decorate. But, with the help of some carefully chosen faux flowers, we made this store-brought wreath feel special and modern. Keep reading to learn how to upgrade this oversized peace sign wreath (it can work for any wreath, too!) — it’s perfect to hang outside your home now through the New Year!
p.s. Notice a new name?? Hello, my name is Melissa and I’m the new team member at Jojotastic. We’re still figuring out my official title, but for now, I’m working on a few different things behind-the-scenes. Stay tuned for more!
(At the risk of shaming her) Joanna has had the wreath since last Christmas, but hadn’t gotten around to actually doing anything with it… that’s where I come in! We brainstormed fun twists to put on this quirky grapevine wreath. But here’s the thing with wreaths: they go outside. Any fresh foliage we’d use would wilt eventually. Normally we’re not exactly fans of fake flowers, but in this instance, they get a pass. The key to pulling off this look is to choose foliage that is as natural looking as possible… and then embrace the weirdness that fake foliage sometimes gives! For example, silver pine cones don’t exist in nature, but they work really well in this application. So don’t be afraid to live on the edge and try something new.
Make a Statement This Holiday Season with a Giant Peace Sign Wreath | DIY
- Over-sized peace sign wreath
- Artificial pine branches
- Ivory eucalyptus (similar)
- Mix of faux pine cones (these come in a variety of shapes and sizes with natural, silver, and gold finish)
- White berry stems
- Metallic baby’s breath
- Dusty miller leaves
To begin, gather all of the materials. Typically, fake flowers come on a plastic-covered wire. Use the wire cutters to remove the pieces so that they are individual springs. I also found it helpful to organize each variety separately.
Next, arrange foliage on the wreath to get an idea of placement. Build your foliage in layers, starting with larger pieces (like branches and sprays of pine needles) to create a base.
After you find your ideal layout, begin securing materials in place. We found the hot glue gun worked best for smaller pieces and the wire was great for the larger items. Make sure wire is tightly wound and any excess is trimmed. The peace sign wreath itself has a wire structure, so wrapping the wire around that helps as well.
Continue adding bits of foliage, pinecones, and sprigs of berries until you’re happy with the fullness of the arrangement. Before hanging your wreath outside, give it a gentle shake indoors to make sure everything is properly secured. At this stage you can also use the wire to make a hanging loop. Or do what we did and hammer a nail into the fence and call it a day!
Joanna’s house is tiny (duh) so there really wasn’t a good spot to hang the wreath on the house itself. Instead, we got creative and hung it on her fence! I love how it pops against the black.
BTW, if you recreate any of our DIYs, be sure to tag @jojotastic on Instagram so we can see!
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Looking for even more holiday DIY ideas and tips? Try these:
- Eggnog Soy Wax Candle DIY with Essential Oils
- Luxe Holiday Centerpiece with Pomegranates
- Thick Wool Tree Skirt with Huge Braided Tassels
- Metal Leaf Garland
- Cinnamon Stick Himmeli Ornaments