Friday, April 26, 2013

Tutorial: How to Make a Pentacle Wreath



A few days ago, my husband discovered a wreath I'd bought on clearance after Yule for next year in the back of his car.  When he brought it in, I was suddenly inspired.  Why make a wreath that's only for Yule?  Why not make one that's perfect for every holiday?

Thus, my pentacle wreath idea was born.

Now I've seen a variety of tutorials on the internet for this.  A lot of them use ribbon.  Those that don't stick the pentacle behind the wreath.  There's nothing wrong with either style, but I had a completely different idea in mind.  I'm not saying my way is right, but in case you'd like your wreath to look like mine above, here's a tutorial on how I did it!

What you'll need!
Technically speaking, I already owned everything in the picture.  I remember the wreath was $2 and I'm fairly certain the twine was $3, but overall, I'd consider this a next-to-no-cost craft.

HOW I TIED THE BRANCHES TO THE WREATH

This is where things get tricky.  Hot glue alone won't suffice in making your pentacle stay on the wreath.  Not only does it have a hard time sticking to the wreath itself, but any pressure you put on the other branches to hold them down will make your already-glued branches pop right back up.  I know. I tried.  However, the hot glue is exceptional at giving you something to keep two branches in place while you tie it down.  That's why I decided to use both options.

STEP ONE:
Lay out your branches in pentacle formation on your wreath as I have above in my supplies picture.  This gives you an idea of exactly which branch will go where and how to attach them to the wreath.

STEP TWO:
Begin at one point and place a small dot of hot glue between the two branches to connect them.  That way, as you move them around a bit to tie them together, you won't have to worry about them slipping out of place.

STEP THREE:
Cut three feet of twine per point.  You're going to want this much as you'll be wrapping it around each point in three different ways until it's secured to the wreath.

STEP FOUR:
There are a variety of ways to tie your branches to the wreath, but this is the way I attached mine and found it very sturdy.
Make a figure eight around your branches at least five times.
Your best bet is to make an initial figure eight and then tie it together in a way that leaves you most of the twine to wrap with.  Leave about two to three inches of twine on the other side of the knot as you'll be returning to retie it a few times.  Then begin making the figure eight.  A minimum of five times is required until you feel like the branches won't move away from each other should the hot glue wear off.




STEP FIVE:
Now circle around the branches several times as a whole.

Once you have done this, I'd go ahead and tie the twine back with the few inches you left from the original knot.  Go ahead and tie it a couple times.


STEP SIX:
This one might get a little confusing, so I'll explain it the best I can.  First, you'll want to make sure that you move any of the wreath's branches away from the central wire that creates the wreath's shape.  You'll want to secure the branches to this larger, sturdier metal.  You can always fluff out the wreath when you're done.



With the twine, come up between your point as I did in the picture.  Wrap the hemp to one side of the point and come back up between the point again.  Then wrap the hemp to the other side of the point.  Repeat this process until you are almost out of twine.  When you are done, knot the end of the twine to the few inches of twine you left from the original knot and cut off the excess.  You should be left with something that looks like this:



STEP SEVEN:
Repeat steps four through six for all five points.

STEP EIGHT:
Now you'll need to create a way to hang your wreath.  I took a smaller piece of twine and wrapped it around what I considered the top point.  Here's how I did it:

From the back, I threaded the twine in front of the point and came back around.  I then created a bow.  This should make sure the pentacle wreath is not only held securely but evenly.


I'm actually holding the wreath up by the bow I created on this step.

And now you have your very own pentacle wreath!
Decorate it for each season.
Hang it on your front door, above your altar or in your circle area!

1 comment:

  1. This a great idea. I guess it would also be possible to make it with a bare twig wreath so it feels less Yule-like.

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