Instead of settling, inspiration struck! There was a very pretty garland with beads and snowflakes languishing next to a plain artificial 15 inch evergreen wreath. I could see a beautiful wreath taking shape in my mind. This year's door decoration was going to be fashioned by your truly!
First step: Gather the materials. I bought a 15 inch artificial wreath, two 5 foot strands of beaded garland, 4 colorful jingle bells and 100 feet of color ribbon. The ribbon has wires in the edges to help the resulting bow hold its shape. And only about 3 - 4 feet of it were actually used in the making of my wreath. Not shown are 6 wire ornament hangers; paper clips would do the trick too.
String the garland through out the wreath. I try to make it look pretty random. Enough slack was left in it to allow repositioning once it was hanging on the door. The wreath also start looking better after a bit of fluffing and repositioning the branches.
Next step - attach the bells. I took the ornament hangers and used one to attach each bell. They could also be attached with twist ties or a bit of string. The wires were wrapped multiple times around the branches to keep the bells from working themselves loose.
Last but far from least, the bow was fashioned. I make a few attempts at this before I was happy. The nice thing about having wire in the ribbon is that the bow can be reshaped until I am happy with it. Also the knot in the center is pretty loose, but the bow isn't going to come undone because of the wire. Once I had a bow I was happy with, I twisted two ornament hangers together, threaded them through the back of the bow and attached the bow were I wanted it on the wreath.
Within 20 minutes I have a unique holiday wreath! The part I like best is that I can refashion this wreath however I see fit. If I get tired of the teal ribbon (just an example - it is highly unlikely I will get tired of the teal ribbon), I can swap in a purple one. If the garland fades in the weather? New garland! Hopefully this wreath will last me through the winter, but I'm thrilled with my first wreath making attempt. I hope you enjoy as well!