Christmas-time makes me feel extra creative. I LOVE listening to Christmas music, while crafting away with a cup of coffee by my side. Last weekend I was really on a crafty roll, and I wanted to share this project with y’all.
If you’re an equestrian, you’ve seen the various forms of horse head wreaths that pop-up around the holidays. I’ve watched numerous tutorials and scrolled through picture after picture, but I’ve never sat down and made one. This is my super easy, simple, and CHEAP version of the popular horse head wreath.
- To start, I found some old cardboard in my recycling bin. It wasn’t exactly the right size, but it was free. Please don’t go out and buy cardboard for this project. Just use anything you can draw an outline on! It’s really important to have expert drawing skills for this project. Exhibit A:
Of course, you can always print off a picture from the web and trace it, but where’s the fun in that?! Just free-hand it and don’t worry about the details.
2. After you have drawn a perfect horse head (and let your kid draw one too), then you need some type of wire to build a frame around. Again, I used what I had on hand. We have chickens, thus I used chicken wire. Baling wire also works! Or even a couple coat hangers! Cut a rectangle of your chicken wire that’s slightly larger than your outline. If you use baling wire or coat hangers, bend your metal to match your drawn outline.
3. Take a picture of your kid. Or helper. Or Cat.
4. Start folding your chicken wire inwards to match the shape of your outline. You’ll need gloves for this step, otherwise your hands will look like hamburger. If you use baling wire or coat hangers, you’ll need to use more wire, or string, to form a grid inside your metal outline. We’re basically forming a frame that your garland can attach to. Don’t worry too much about getting your wire shape just right. After your garland is attached, it will look more cohesive, and you can mold it to the shape you want.
5. There are lots of different kinds of greenery to use. I had this garland leftover from last year, so it only made sense to use something free and handy. Another idea I plan to try in coming years, is to use natural live greenery. We don’t have many evergreens in our neck-of-the-woods, and something makes me think my asthmatic, allergy-ridden husband wouldn’t want me to work with cedar branches in the house. #Scrooge
6. Start attaching your greenery to your frame, working around the outside first. This garland was particularly easy to secure to my metal form, because all the little branches were bendable. Once I wrapped the branches around (and through) the wire form, it felt very secure.
7. Next, fill in the center of your frame with the garland, making sure to cover any holes. Mold the garland to the shape you want. I chose to smooth down all the edges, except where the mane is, so it looked a bit more horsey. I also molded my garland at the ear to make it more pointy and pronounced.
8. Then I started adding embellishments! I think it would be pretty with just a plain bow or a bit of burlap, but I added some holly and ribbon too. Christmas-time means extra embellishments. I’ve also seen wreaths with decorative balls for eyeballs and nostrils! Go crazy!
Voila! I’m really happy with how my Christmas horse turned out, and I hope it inspires you to get creative this season too!