My favorite part of the holiday season is making decorations! Here is a steampunk wreath to dress up your doorway made from simple & easy to find materials! I like to call this wreath--A Pocketwatch Lost Among the Moss! The materials are relatively inexpensive ($20-25). Here's what you'll need:
- Wreath (wicker works really well because you can both wire wrap & hot glue pieces in place)
- Some chain (I used approx. 2 inches)
- Ribbon (mine is a burlap skeleton key patterned ribbon available at Michaels)
- 1 strong jump ring (large enough to fit both a chain link & your pocketwatch's loop)
- Hot glue gun
- Wire (mine is an antique gold color which blends well with a brown wicker wreath)
- Wire cutters & flat nosed pliers
- Plan out your wreath. Arrange your moss, pocketwatch, chain, and ribbon and once you have a configuration you like, begin attaching each of your elements.
- First, using your hot glue gun, attach the moss to the wreath.
- Once the glue is dry, attach your pocket watch securely to the wreath with wire. Cut lengths of wire (approx. 1 to 1.5 inches) with your wire cutters. Using these lengths of wire, secure the pocketwatch in 2 key places: its loop and the hinge between the watch and its lid. Be sure to twist the wire so that the watch is securely held in place. Pull your wire taut (the flat nosed pliers will help you significantly with this step). Cut off any excess wire & tuck in the sharp ends into the wreath.
- With your pocketwatch in place, now attach your chain to the pocketwatch loop with a jump ring using your flat nosed pliers.
- Next, secure your chain's placement. I wanted my chain to look as if it was splayed out across the moss and so I secured the shape I desired with lengths of wire. Repeat the process mentioned in Step 3 for the chain links, only this time secure only the chain links that keep the shape you desire.
- Set aside your wreath and fashion a bow out of your ribbon. Once you're happy with your bow, hot glue it in place.
- Once the glue is dry, hang with pride on your door!
As always, Merry Making!