How to Attach Plush Doll to Wreath

How To Embellish and Attach Plush Dolls To Deco Mesh Wreaths by Julie Siomacco of SouthernCharmWreaths.com
Adding plush dolls is a great way to take up space and add interest to a wreath. Since it will be the focal point of a wreath, I like to add it just after I’ve added ribbon or greenery to build up the base of the wreath and before adding ornaments or flowers.  Some dolls I find are so gosh darn cute but are way too heavy because they are weighted, made to sit on a shelf.  So, they have a heavy base. Let me show you my techniques on how to add plush dolls to Deco Mesh or Silk Flower wreaths:

  1. Make a small 1-inch, x-shaped incision with your scissors to the back or bottom of the doll where the heavy part of the toy is located.  This is usually on the bottom part where it would sit on a shelf.  If there is more than one layer of fabric, continue cutting x-shaped incisions until you have cut through the bag located inside the animal.  That’s right; I said a “bag”. You see the manufacturers fill a plastic bag with either sand or pebbles to help weight the doll and sew it inside the doll.
  2. Place your fingers inside your incision and use your fingers to pull out the sand or pebbles used to make the doll heavy.  This may take some time and is messy do hold it over a trash can. Keep putting your finger inside and pulling out the weight until you have the majority of the pebbles out and you can grab the bag. Once you can grab the bag, gently pull it out of the doll being careful not to rip a larger hole in the doll.
  3. From here you can either sew the hole closed with a needle and thread or leave it open if the wreath elements will cover the hole. On this example I left the hole open because the fabric was felt; however, if the material were more of a knit, sweater-like material, I would have sewn it so it would not unravel further.
  4. Use scraps of evergreen, ribbon, berries, leaves or anything you happen to have on hand to jazz up the doll somehow.  In this example, I chose to embellish the present the elf doll is holding.  This gives the doll a personal, decorative touch and my customers just LOVE my attention to detail!
  5. Use a pipe cleaner or floral wire to wrap around the doll somewhere where it will be hidden and not seen. Usually this location is either under the neck or around the waist of the doll. If you can’t locate a place and the wire is seen, then wrap a coordinating ribbon around and on top of the wire to help hide the mechanics of the wire.
  6. Nestle the now pre-wired doll into the wreath placing the doll off center either to the right or left of the wreath. I think placing focal points like dolls off center is more pleasing to the eye than if it were dead center in a wreath.
  7. Use the ends of the floral wire to then wrap around the metal frame on the back side of the wreath.  Since the frame is also another mechanic of the wreath this will ensure the doll is attach to something sturdy.
  8. You can then pose your animal by crossing his legs, propping up an arm, etc. to make the doll come to life and add character to the doll.  You can even add more embellishments if you want.

From here I continue designing the wreath adding elements from largest to smallest; so in this example, poinsettias, ornaments and then filler. Be careful not to drip hot glue onto the doll while designing the rest of your wreath, to do this I sometimes cover it with a piece of a plastic bag.

Here is a video showing you EXACTLY how to attach a Plush Doll to a Deco Mesh Wreath


I hope you enjoyed my secret tip of adding a plush doll to a wreath. Let me know what you think or what tips you have for adding dolls to wreaths.

Happy Wreathing,
Julie :)

How to Make a Whimsical Funky Bow

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Not only do I have an addiction to ribbon but I hoard it!  That’s right, I’m so sick that sometimes I find ribbon that I have to purchase and then NEVER use!  I’m a sick sicky!  I tend to wait for THE perfect wreath or project to use it on.  Then, gradually in all my waiting for the perfect wreath, it gets pushed back into my ribbon stash and before you know it, bam, the season is over and I’ve not used my perfect ribbon find.  Ugh, I’m ashamed to admit I have done this too many times to count.  Then I find I don’t have enough containers to hold my ribbon stash.

So this year I aim to destash my ribbon.  To do this I’ve come up with a GREAT Deco Mesh wreath recipe in order to use up my ribbon.  This wreath is so great, not only does it use a lot of ribbon but it uses up the leftover ribbon scraps. You know the scraps that are not enough to make a full wreath with but too precious or costly to part with.

Here is the Deco Mesh Wreath style I’m talking about. I just love that this style also uses up my leftover mesh because you only need 5 yards, yes I can’t seem to throw leftover mesh away either. I just shared the full wreath tutorial on making this wreath with my ebook customers and it has been a HUGE hit.  However, I thought I would share with my blog followers how I make the funky bow that is used in this wreath. You can use this style bow on gift wrapping, in Christmas trees, in garlands, on mailbox swags, on evergreen wreaths, on top of a pumpkin, accent a bulletin board, etc. Wherever you want a bow.

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Here is the video:

 

Here are more wreaths I made and sold using this Funky Bow:

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I can’t wait to hear how you use your funky, whimsical bow on your projects! And if you would like the full recipe of this Deco Mesh Halloween Wreath Recipe, purchase my ebook at www.learndecomeshwreaths.com.

Here is just some feedback I’ve received after sending out the Halloween Wreath Recipe Video to my ebook customers:

“Julie, you are the most generous wreath designer out there. Buying your e-book was the best purchase because you just keep on giving. Thank you so much. I follow another wreath designer who also makes beautiful wreaths but her videos are so expensive and she doesn’t give real “freebies” like you do. May the Lord richly bless you.” ~Julissa Jumper

“You are so generous in everything you do, and I appreciate it so much. For the price of your ebook, we continue to get videos and wreath recipes .Buying your ebook was one of the best things I did to help my business. You are a true inspiration.”  ~Carol Hilton

“Hi Julie! Thank you so much for posting this wreath recipe. When I saw it I was so excited to try it because I love working with the grapevine wreaths, but I can never seem to get the mesh to look right. You make it seem so simple so I am looking forward to the outcome. I tend to hoard ribbon also, so this is a great recipe for me to use up some of my extra supplies. I think its great you share your talent and tips with the rest of us. I believe that is the mark of the crafter and creative spirit. This ebook was the best purchase I’ve made. Thank you!“~Erin Gibson

“Julie, I have been viewing and reviewing your e-book for a few months now and I have to say, I love it! I wasn’t sure at first what I should expect. But you are a great designer and I thoroughly enjoy learning with all the new recipes you keep sending us! I would recommend you to anyone! You are an inspiration and I believe really care about your product. Thanks so much for deciding to share your great talent!” ~Sondra Moore

Have a Blessed and Wreath-Full Day!

Julie :)

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