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Wreath Mechanics

Quality Construction Matters

I’m so excited to be sharing your wreath making journey with you!!

When I began making wreaths for my own home, I wanted to make my home warm and inviting but also affordable.

I began to make wreaths for all seasons and holidays, a way to freshen up my door and be proud of my home.

My neighbors began approaching me to make wreaths for them and that’s how my wreath business started.

Now I have the honor of teaching thousands online, the wonderful art of wreath making, and hope to teach you in the next four days something new!

In the video below, I want to discuss mechanics with you. Mechanics are what produce a quality wreath. Without the right mechanics, your wreath will fall apart as soon as someone slams the door it’s hung on.

Below is a list of tools for beginner wreath makers. I’m not a fan of buying tools that you don’t use frequently, especially when first starting out.  Then you can have more money for the fun elements, like ribbon!!

So don’t feel the need to buy everything in order to start, you really just need scissors, wire cutters, glue gun, glue, and wire. Once you find you need another tool, that’s when you can purchase it.

Wreath Elements

Bring Your Wreath to Life

When you start something new, it feels strange doesn’t it?

You’re excited yet nervous.  I get it and understand! I used to feel that way too when I started making wreaths. But I’m so glad I started and kept practicing! With practice comes mastery.

So today for module 2, I want to introduce you to my obsession with ribbon and greenery!!!

Once you start making wreaths, you’ll understand and be addicted too!!

Ribbon and greenery are part of the elements of a wreath. Elements are what make a wreath come to life. They give the wreath color, develop the lines, form, and give texture! Basically…make it pretty!

Today, let’s chat about…

  • flowers
  • greenery
  • ribbon
  • signs
  • deco mesh
  • and ornaments!

Below is a small list of some of my favorite retail establishments for supplies mentioned in the video. I’m sure there are many other places but these are the ones I’ve purchased from and can recommend them with confidence.

Wreath Making Workstation Tips

Tips for a Productive Workstation

Once you start making wreaths, I know you’ll be hooked and want to buy supplies to get started but if you don’t have a game plan, it can get out of control fast.So, it’s important that you find an area of your home where you can have your tools at the ready as well as protect your table, and your back! I’ll explain more in the video below.In this video, learn my tips for setting up a workstation for wreath making. Remember it doesn’t have to be as large a mine. I started on my kitchen table.

Let’s discuss

  • table height
  • protecting your table and floors
  • to easel or not to easel
  • ribbon, flower and tool storage ideas

Below are some of the tools I use to help make my workstation more productive.

Wreath Making – Where to Begin

How to Start a Design

Today before we get to the lesson video, I want to remind you that the tips I’m sharing with you in this workshop are tips to help you get started.

I don’t intend to overwhelm you but EXCITE you.  You should make your wreath craft what you want it to be!One of the most asked questions I receive is where to start. That’s what prompted me to share this workshop with you.  Start with quality tools, quality supplies, a safe environment, and a design idea I call a “wreath recipe”.

I’ve developed a signature system for beautiful wreath making. As you work through the tutorials in this Wreath Making of the Month Club portal, I’ll explain more about:

  1. Focal – decide on a focal element and choose 3 colors
  2. Frame – develop your frame, line of site, shape, balance, etc.
  3. Fill – fill with flowers and ribbon
  4. Finish – finishing touches that add dimension, contrast, and texture

17 Comments

  1. Patty Douglas on August 23, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Julie I enjoyed Wreath Making 101. Finished it last week. Then signed up for the Holiday Bow Challenge. I really enjoyed the Bow Challenge also. Signed up for the Wreath Making of the Month Club today. Looking forward to learning all I can to make beautiful wreaths. I have 3 wreaths that I need to finish but need some guidance. Thanks for being such a wonderful teacher.
    See you soon
    Patty

  2. Brenda Klepcyk on August 23, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    I really appreciate all the information in these videos I know these will help in my wreath making. Thank you!

  3. Victoria Little on August 24, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you! I am so excited to improve my skills!!

  4. Linda Kish on August 25, 2020 at 10:43 am

    This is so awesome! Thank you so very much!
    Instead my mind being all jumbled up when playing with my wreath, you gave me a focus to where I don’t feel like I have a tie-dye mess in front of me.
    Looking forward to seeing more that you can teach me.
    Thank you 😎

  5. Doan Davis on August 25, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Hi Julie,
    All I can say is thank you!! All ready I’ve learned some of the basic 123 steps I needed to know. So thank you so much I’m glad I invested in myself.
    I appreciate you
    Blessings Doan

  6. Callie VanSchepen on August 27, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Hi Julie,
    I’m so excited to join the wreath making club!!! I have already learned some of the basic steps to starting into wreath making. I’m looking forward to learning many more! So, I am a prime example of you can teach an old dog new tricks.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Callie

  7. Marianne Petralia on August 27, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Looking forward to making my first Southern Charms Wreath with Julie!!

  8. Deloch Legacy Designs on August 28, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Julie,
    The videos were very informative. You made it look so simple and took out the guess work.

  9. Charlotte Wilson on August 28, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    I feel so blessed to have found you and your wonderful videos. I’m looking forward to expanding from deco mesh to other designs, too.

  10. Elaine Mailloux on August 28, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Looking forward to learning the art of wreath making, just joined your wreath of the month club and am excited to start.
    Thank you for the opportunity,
    Elaine Mailloux

  11. Joanne Rich on August 28, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    I am so excited I joined this group. I’m pretty good at making deco mesh wreaths; I’m really looking forward to how to make floral wreaths and arrangements.

  12. Patricia Bryar on August 29, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Julie, thank you so much. I am so happy I joined the bow making challenge and just from that four day series, my bows have improved! I decided to join WMOTM club and can’t wait to continue this journey.

  13. Lynda Frazier on August 29, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Julie i just finished wreath making tips video I have to ask you where you found your easel I have looked on amazon ebay michaels hobbylobby carolina pottery and not found one they all have artist easels Please Help!! I am excited for the wreath of the month club to begin so I can see you work magic.

  14. Theresa Hernandez on September 1, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Julie! I joined in April but haven’t been able to watch and make wreaths until now. I found these video tips for beginners and just watched. I’m so excited to get started and make my first wreath. Thank you for your guidance and simplicity in training. I know I can do this!

  15. Tina Hendry on September 10, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Hi Julie I have followed you for years for wreath making,I just recently joined the WOTMC I absolutely love this best investment ever………Thank you so Much for sharing and helping us …. since Covid happened I’ve been making a lot of wreaths for people ! I love this 😊

  16. Kathy Fisher on September 4, 2022 at 8:41 am

    So much great information. I can’t wait to see your next creation. You are such an inspiration 🙏

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