I love to put a Christmas Wreath on my gate so I need something that’s not going to be damaged by the volatile weather we have here in New Zealand. We are known for our intensive sun and, as it’s summer for us, it can get really hot so I need it to maintain the colour and not fade quickly. Over the weekend we had torrential rain, gale force winds and thunder storms so I need it to withstand all of that! Don’t worry, this week our weather is certainly far more like summer.
Anyway, with all that in mind I had two choices – I could use outdoor fabric but that’s expensive and very thick so probably not right for the job. The other much cheaper option is to use a plastic tablecloth. So, that’s what Idid. I should note that I made my first Christmas Wreath from plastic tablecloths about seven years ago and it’s been on our various gates over the Christmas period for all those years. This year, I decided that it had faded enough that I should make a new one – the old one was green and red and this year, I’m feelin’ the red!
What you’ll need:
This is really easy – in fact, it would be a great project for the kids. It takes quite a while, but you can do it while watching TV.
I should note that the number of tablecloths you need depends on their size and how many strips you squeeze onto each ring.
Cut the tablecloths into strips approximately 5cm x 20cm (2” x 8”). Don’t be too precious about this – they just need to be about the same size. If you have some smaller strips you can still use them, just don’t put them all together in one spot.
Find a comfy spot – you’re going to be here for a while. Take one strip, fold it in half over your finger.
Loop the folded end of the strip under the outside ring of the wreath and thread the ends through to form a cow hitch knot then pull the ends tight. Ensure this knot is pushed up close to one of the supports on the wreath.
Continue in this manner until the entire outside ring is covered, ensuring you squeeze the knots tightly together so they can’t move.
Continue working around the next two rings until they are full.
When you get to the inside ring, it’s easier to turn the wreath over and work from the other side.
I used a picture hook to hang it on the gate, but you can attach it wherever and however you like. If it’s going to be in a windy place, ensure you fix it securely.
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December 11, 2019