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.