Nearly every year for the last 15 or so, I’ve held a wreath making party for my girlfriends. Some years, I have two parties with two different groups of women because they’re so much fun. Everyone always seem to enjoy them, too.
Making a pine Christmas wreath is super simple (see my recent blog post for directions), takes only 45 minutes and it’s something that even the craft-challenged can do after a few instructions.
It’s a great group activity because guests can talk, laugh, learn something new — and walk away with one or two gorgeous, fragrant Christmas wreaths. And take a break to indulge in some homemade Christmas cookies, too.
I find it easiest for my guests if I buy and furnish all the materials and ask each person to pitch in about $8 (which is not much for two wreaths that would’ve cost about $40 each retail!)
To host your own party, stock up on wire wreath frames in various sizes (allowing two per guest), buying them in advance with discount coupons at local craft stores. Also buy small packages of green wire (about $2 each) for every guest, and have pruning shears and a few pairs of wire cutters on hand to share.
Go to a local tree lot or Lowe’s and either gather all the greenery they’ll give you (free) or buy trees and chop them up (which is less labor intensive but more expensive). Or do a mixture of both.
Before the guests come, spread old sheets or blankets over the floor of the craft area and set up a few portable tables. Also cut some greenery to about 6-8 inches in length and group it in clumps, so people can grab a clump and start attaching it to their wreath frames as soon as they arrive.
Line up a couple people to cut branches during the party, since guests will need a continuous supply of greenery and it’s not feasible to cut everything you need beforehand.
At the beginning of the party, demonstrate how to make a wreath to guide new crafters and those who’ve forgotten how from previous years.
Be sure to advise them to soak the wreaths they make in a wheelbarrow or bathtub overnight before hanging them or giving them as gifts. It’s an important step, because doing that can make the wreaths last for months, even in warm climates. (My mom has kept hers up before until March!)
Turn on some Christmas music, relax and have a great time.
Take some wacky pictures of guests with their wreaths before everyone leaves — prints of them are a great, low-cost follow-up gift. (My favorite poses are group shots of everyone holding the wreaths over their head like a halo, peeking their faces through them and, of course, posing proudly with them.)
Enjoy a party most guests will never forget — and take pleasure seeing how pleased your friends are with the homemade holiday wreaths they made themselves.
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