A few Winters ago I was staring at a bland paper bag full of old embroidery hoops that I had picked up at the thrift store months before for a few quarters, when it occurred to me that they would make perfect wreath frames. I quickly nixed the idea of wiring greenery to them (too lengthy of a project and they would only last for a short while) and then thought of the tinsel garland I had wound up the stair banister the previous day. Perfect! What I didn’t know then, was just how simple this project would turn out to be. With literally just a few minutes of your day and two supplies (tinsel garland and an old embroidery hoop or wreath frame) you can have your entire home hung with merry wreaths in no time (and you’ll get to bring them out to enjoy again year after year). Have fun! xo Ez
1. Gather your supplies. You will need embroidery hoops in various sizes or a floral wreath ring (from craft stores), store-bought tinsel garland (a 6” embroidery hoop uses approximately 12’ of garland), and a pair of scissors. Tip: you can use both the inside and outside of an embroidery hoop separately to create two wreaths.
2. Begin by tucking one end of the garland under the metal latch at the top of your embroidery hoop. If you are using the inner hoop or form with no latch you may wish to secure the end with a piece of tape or hot glue (optional).
3. Scrunch up the loose side of your tinsel garland (there will be a lot of it) into a messy ball so that it is easier to work with. Begin wrapping the tinsel garland around the embroidery hoop making sure to keep the garland taught as you go. Every few passes you will want to push the newly wrapped section up towards the completed portion so that it fills in nicely and does not look sparse. Continue this process until your entire embroidery hoop is covered and you’ve used the full length of garland. Secure the loose end by tying it to another segment of garland along the back. Tip: if you happen to run out of garland along the way you can easily tie on additional segments and continue wrapping.
And finally, here are a few additional images of some of the original 5-minute Tinsel Garland Wreaths I made a few years ago: