Friday, November 24, 2017

Easy DIY Mickey Mouse Christmas Wreath

Disney and Christmas may well be two of the most magical words in the English language. And we are putting them together with this Mickey Mouse Christmas wreath. This is a super easy DIY that even the kids can help with. Bug and I made a special day out of it by visiting the craft store together and picking out the perfect supplies for our wreath, then heading home to make it. Together we came up with a beautiful wreath that is the very definition of magic.



If you've read our DIY Mickey Mouse Fall Wreath post, then you know that I like to play it by ear. I visit the craft store with only a vague idea, and see what inspires me. This wreath can be made so many different ways with different ribbons, foliage, hat or no hat, etc.  It really is about what inspires you. Bug and I found ourselves in an aisle loaded with reds and greens and glittery foliage. I could see her little mind racing with ideas. She immediately fell in love with the ones you see on the wreath. She's a big fan of sparkle and glitter, as you can see. (Confession time, me too.) I was all about the Santa hat and burlap ribbon. I grabbed one big wreath plus two smaller wreaths and a can of spray glitter and we were all set.
To recap, you will need:

  • One big wreath and two smaller wreaths for the ears.
  • The decor items that inspire you.
  • Ribbon.
  • Santa Hat.
  • Glitter spray.
  • Also, grab some cardboard, thick floral wire, and a glue gun.
All set? Good.

Now for the fun stuff.

My method for getting the ears on seemed to work last time so I went with that. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? 
Use your hot glue gun to glue the ears in place and then use the floral wire to tightly wrap around your ears to secure them in place. I mean, the wreath's ears, not yours.
I wrapped some small battery-powered lights around the wreath. You could skip this step, but I think the added lights make it even more magical. Wrap your ribbon around Mickey. Use hot glue at the beginning and end to secure it. Nothing fancy. Just a whole lot of wrapping. You will get tired of wrapping. If you do decide to add the lights, make an extra loop with the ribbon on the back to hold the battery pack in place.
Next, spray glitter everywhere. Okay, not really everywhere. Just on the wreath. The glitter gives it extra sparkle and almost looks like snow. 
Now it is time for the hat. I wanted to make sure that the hat stayed upright. I got some cardboard, and then cut out a trapezoid that was slightly smaller than the hat. The trapezoid shape allows the tip of the hat to hang down. I used cardboard from a cereal box, but I would actually recommend a thicker, more sturdy cardboard. Once you have the look of your hat down, glue a small wooden stick to the cardboard at an angle so it can slot into the top of your wreath and down the side. I used a bamboo skewer, but a popsicle stick should work just fine too. For extra insurance to prevent floppiness, spray the hat with spray starch. Hot glue the actual hat to the wreath for added support. 
Bug picked a pretty silver flower to put on the hat so I hot glued it straight to the hat. I would have never thought of that, but it was a perfect addition. 

Lastly, just stick in any foliage or decor item that you picked out. I believe less is more in this case. I also hot glued those to make sure they stayed. Basically, hot glue everything. Again, not actually everything, just wreath things.

I love the way this turned out and it holds a special mommy-daughter memory too. Let us know how you did your Mickey wreath and send us pictures. We can't wait to see them.

As always, feel free to leave a comment with any questions.

~Beth

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