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Retro Dime Store Mini Wreaths


These retro-inspried mini bottle brush wreaths harken back to festive dime store wreaths of the 1950s and 60s.  They're super easy to assemble and can be made in hundreds of different color combinations to suit a variety of decor styles.  Use them as ornaments, package tie-ons and more! Completed wreaths are 2" to 2-1/4" across.

Supplies: Small Bottle Brush Wreaths, 6mm Glass Beads, Bell Beads, Miniature Fruit, Berry Stamen, Tiny Mushrooms, Foil Leaves, Velvet Leaves, Miniature Flowers, Velvet Bows, 1/8" Velvet Ribbon, Dresden Bows, Dresden Christmas Scripts, 26 Gauge Wire, Clear-drying Glue (like Elmer's or Alleen's Tacky Glue), Scissors, Needle Nose Pliers, Paint Brushes or Pens (to wrap wire around)

General Assembly Steps:

Step 1: Gather and arrange supplies.  Trim off wired stems to isolate fruits, flowers, leaves and mushrooms. Cut Dresden pieces away from main sheets.  Hold up items to determine placement and mix.

Step 2: Add hanger.  Details for adding hangers are noted below.

Step 3: Add bell(s).  Details for adding bells are noted below.

Step 4: Glue on decorative elements.

Adding a hanger: We added two styles of hanger: a wire loop attached to the wreath and a tied-on length of red ribbon.  We added the hangers first to allow us to easily center the hanger before decorating the wreath.

To add a wire hanger:

-- Cut a 7" length of wire.  At center, wrap wire around a paint brush handle to form a loop.  Twist wire around itself to secure.  Place tails of wire on either side of wreath, gently nestle loop into bristles.  Bring tails together on inside of wreath and twist to secure.  Cut remaining tails leaving about 1/2".  Use needle nose pliers to twist and curl wire up into the bristles.

To add a ribbon hanger:

-- Cut a 12" length of 1/8" velvet ribbon.  Loop through wreath and tie securely at top of wreath, nestling ribbon into bristles.  Loose ends can be tied into a knot near the ends to make a closed loop or be left open to use as a gift tie-on later.



Adding a bell: Adding a bell is very similar to adding a wire hanger.

-- Cut a 9" length of wire.  At center, wrap wire around a small paint brush handle to form a loop.  Twist wire around itself to secure.  Add bell to wires. Place tails of wire on either side of wreath, placing top of bell at bristles.  Bring wire tails together on top side of wreath and twist to secure, nestling twist into bristles.  Cut remaining tails leaving about 1/2".  Use needle nose pliers to twist and curl wire into the bristles.  To add a second bell, repeat technique.



Tips:

- To achieve a more balanced placement of decorative elements: first add a hanger, next add your bow, then glue on additional items.

- It tales less supplies than one would imagine to achieve a striking result, like the "A Merry Christmas" wreath below center, second row.  It has 6 glass beads, 1 bow, 1 Dresden script and a red velvet ribbon hanger. 

- Add a narrow velvet ribbon bow by tying a length of 1/8" velvet ribbon just under the loop of a wire hanger, like the Silver Foil Candle wreath below center, first row.

- When in doubt, keep it traditional: red and green plus gold or silver are always a hit and classic Christmas.

- So many combinations of beads + leaves + fruit + bows are possible.  9 of our favorites are detailed below.



Specific Supplies: Below are links to the supplies we used for each wreath


Below Left, Bell and Poinsettia: dark green wreath, red velvet bow + poinsettias + gold bell bead


12 Mini White Fabric Millinery Edelweiss ~ Austria ~ 3/4"

12 Mini White Fabric Millinery Edelweiss ~ Austria ~ 3/4"

$5.95

30 Aqua Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

30 Aqua Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

$4.95

30 Blue Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

30 Blue Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

$4.95

30 Copper Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

30 Copper Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

$4.95

30 Gold Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

30 Gold Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

$4.95

30 Green Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

30 Green Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

$4.95

30 Hot Pink Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

30 Hot Pink Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

$4.95

30 Pearl Green Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

30 Pearl Green Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

$4.95

30 Red Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

30 Red Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

$4.95

30 Silver Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

30 Silver Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

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Gold Berry Stamen for Christmas Crafting ~ Wired Stems

Gold Berry Stamen for Christmas Crafting ~ Wired Stems

$4.95

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Green and Red Berry Stamen for Christmas Crafting ~ Wired Stems

Green and Red Berry Stamen for Christmas Crafting ~ Wired Stems

$4.95

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Red Berry Stamen for Christmas Crafting ~ Wired Stems

Red Berry Stamen for Christmas Crafting ~ Wired Stems

$4.95

12 Mini Light Orange Berries or Oranges Vintage Old Stock Millinery Fruit ~  3/8"

12 Mini Light Orange Berries or Oranges Vintage Old Stock Millinery Fruit ~ 3/8"

$5.95

12 Mini Red Berries Vintage Old Stock Millinery Fruit ~  1/2"

12 Mini Red Berries Vintage Old Stock Millinery Fruit ~ 1/2"

$5.95

12 Mini Yellow Bananas Vintage Old Stock Millinery Fruit ~  1/2"

12 Mini Yellow Bananas Vintage Old Stock Millinery Fruit ~ 1/2"

$5.95

12 Mini Yellow Lemons Vintage Old Stock Millinery Fruit ~  5/8"

12 Mini Yellow Lemons Vintage Old Stock Millinery Fruit ~ 5/8"

$5.95

12 Mini Yellow-Orange Pears Vintage Old Stock Millinery Fruit ~  1/2"

12 Mini Yellow-Orange Pears Vintage Old Stock Millinery Fruit ~ 1/2"

$5.95

12 Miniature Red Fabric Millinery Poinsettias ~ Austria ~ 1/2"

12 Miniature Red Fabric Millinery Poinsettias ~ Austria ~ 1/2"

$5.95

Long Red and White Cigar Stamen with Green Wired Stems

Long Red and White Cigar Stamen with Green Wired Stems

$9.95

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Emerald ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Emerald ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ FRENCH BLUE

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ FRENCH BLUE

$4.95

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ RUBY RED

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ RUBY RED

$4.95

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ TRUE RED

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ TRUE RED

$4.95

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Spruce Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Spruce Green ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Green ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

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Petite Antique Gold Merry Christmas Scripts ~ 12

Petite Antique Gold Merry Christmas Scripts ~ 12

$7.95

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Petite Antique White Merry Christmas Scripts ~ 12

Petite Antique White Merry Christmas Scripts ~ 12

$7.95

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Petite Dark Blue Merry Christmas Scripts ~ 12

Petite Dark Blue Merry Christmas Scripts ~ 12

$7.95

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Petite Green Merry Christmas Scripts ~ 12

Petite Green Merry Christmas Scripts ~ 12

$7.95

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Petite Silver Merry Christmas Scripts ~ 12

Petite Silver Merry Christmas Scripts ~ 12

$7.95

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ DEEP GREEN

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ DEEP GREEN

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Bottle Brush Christmas Wreaths ~ Set of 3 ~ 2" across ~ Dark Green

Bottle Brush Christmas Wreaths ~ Set of 3 ~ 2" across ~ Dark Green

$9.95

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Bottle Brush Christmas Wreaths ~ Set of 3 ~ 2" across ~ Medium Green

Bottle Brush Christmas Wreaths ~ Set of 3 ~ 2" across ~ Medium Green

$9.95

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Bottle Brush Christmas Wreaths ~ Set of 3 ~ 2-1/4" across ~ Retro Green

Bottle Brush Christmas Wreaths ~ Set of 3 ~ 2-1/4" across ~ Retro Green

$9.95

30 Purple Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

30 Purple Round Glass Beads 6 mm ~ Czech Republic

$4.95

Set of 12 Petite Velvet Holly Leaves ~ DARK GREEN

Set of 12 Petite Velvet Holly Leaves ~ DARK GREEN

$8.95

Set of 12 Petite Velvet Holly Leaves ~ MIXED PINK

Set of 12 Petite Velvet Holly Leaves ~ MIXED PINK

$8.95

Set of 12 Petite Velvet Holly Leaves ~ PALE GREEN

Set of 12 Petite Velvet Holly Leaves ~ PALE GREEN

$8.95

Set of 12 Petite Velvet Holly Leaves ~ SAGE GREEN

Set of 12 Petite Velvet Holly Leaves ~ SAGE GREEN

$8.95