Pearl & Pine Wreath

Who’s up for some holiday crafting?

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On a recent scroll through Instagram, I saw some gorgeous, minimalist wreaths made on an embroidery hoop. They were simple and stunning. I had to have one. But when I went back to see the photo again and find their source, it had disappeared. What was a girl to do? Make it herself, of course!

Then, when I was strolling along the row of fabric and bead stores along Queen West, I had the idea to forgo the traditional beads, bells and pinecones and use another unconventional element on the wreath: pearls! Best decision ever.

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After some trial and error, (natural for an amateur wreath maker) I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Here are the simple steps to make your own, and it shouldn’t take more than half an hour.

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What you need:

  • White pine bundle (available from market)
  • 10″ embroidery hoop
  • Beading pearls
  • Thick ribbon
  • Thin green wire on a spool
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors (for cutting pine branches)
  • Latex gloves (to prevent sap from getting on your hands)

Instructions:

First things first: put on those rubber gloves to prevent sticky fingers.

Then, tie the wire around the wooden hoop so it’s secure, then wrap it around a piece of the pine.

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Add another piece of pine below the first and wrap it with wire.

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Stop when you’ve covered about 1/4 of the hoop and repeat the process from the other side, working towards the stems of your first side.

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When the stems meet, wrap securely, then cut the wire.

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Thread a pearl on a piece of wire and work it between the pine needles so as not to bunch them together.

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Twist off the wire at the back of the frame, cut off the excess, and repeat for each pearl.

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So pretty, right? Ok, we’re almost done.

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Finish with a pretty bow! You can make the ends as long or short as you want. But don’t ask me how to tie a perfect bow, because I don’t know.

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Voilà!

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What crafts are you excited to make this season?

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