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

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

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Cut Dowels to Length and Dry-Fit

Lay out the center disk and each of the 12 satellites. Arrange each of the dowel spokes, using different lengths, until you come up with a balanced look. Our dowels were a mix of lengths: 6”, 5-5/8”, 5-1/4" and 4-3/4". Dry-fit everything together to make sure it looks great.

Assemble

When you’re happy with the look, glue everything together. Dip one side of each dowel rod in glue, so that you have a solid ring of glue around the entire circumference. Then insert the disks onto each spoke, remove then squeeze out. Allow to dry for at least one hour.

Repeat the process and glue each spoke to the center hub. Use a medium-weight object to lightly tap them into place.

Sand and Prime

Since our wreath is going to live outside during the cold, wet months of the holiday season, we wanted to make sure it could stand up to the elements. Begin by sanding the structure with 150- and 200-grit sandpaper, and then wipe off the dust and residue.

Take the piece into a well-ventilated area, (preferably outside), and spray an initial coat of outdoor primer. Allow to dry, then sand lightly with 220 sandpaper to remove any fibers. Then spray with a second coat of primer to seal the wood from the elements.

Paint and Seal

Finally, apply one coat of white spray paint and a light coat of clear sealer. This creates a weatherproof surface that will allow you to use the wreath year after year.

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