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How to Make a Midcentury-Modern Christmas Wreath (page 1 of 3)

Learn how to make this modern, atomic-age interpretation of the classic door wreath.

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Courtesy of Curbly

No matter how you swing it, there’s nothing midcentury about a loop of greenery. We reconceptualized a holiday wreath, echoing its geometric shape, but bringing in some asymmetry and a starburst motif for a one-of-a-kind piece. It’s a little bit wreath, a little bit snowflake and a whole lot of modern holiday cheer.

Tools and Materials

  • 1x8 x 8" paint-grade pine board (1)
  • 1-1/2” wooden wheels (available in the unfinished wood section of the craft store) (12)
  • 3/16” dowel rods at least 6 inches long (12)
  • 150- and 220-grit sandpaper
  • spray primer, rated for outdoor use
  • spray paint: matte white
  • clear spray sealer, rated for outdoor use
  • waterproof wood glue (such as Titebond III)
  • jigsaw or coping saw
  • compass, protractor, pencil
  • electric drill/driver
  • drill bits: 3/16” and 3/4” hole saw, spade bit or forstner bit
  • clamp or wood hand screw

Create Center Disk

Use a compass or circle guide to draw a 5-inch circle on the 1x8.

Cut Center Disk

Drill a starter hole and then cut out the interior with a jigsaw.

Measure for Spokes

Use a protractor to mark the disk every 30 degrees (0, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180) on each half of the disk, so you have 12 evenly spaced marks, like a clock. Transfer these marks to the outside of the disk.

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