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.

Step 1


Create Center Disk

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

Step 2


Cut Center Disk

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

Step 3


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.

Step 4


Drill Spoke Holes

Use a 3/16" drill bit to make a hole at each of the 12 marks, 3/4" deep. Use masking tape on the drill bit to make a stop so you drill to a consistent depth.

Step 5


Cut Center Hole

Use a compass to draw a 3" circle on the disk, make it a bit off center, but be sure there is at least 7/8" of wood on all sides. Cut out the hole with a jigsaw or use a 3" forstner bit or hole saw.

Step 6


Make the Satellites

For the little satellites that orbit the center disk, we used 1-1/2" hardwood wheels found in the unfinished wood section of the craft store or hobby shop. If you can't find these, make your own by cutting a 1-1/2" dowel rod into 3/4" disks.

The wheels come with a small hole for an axle, but we decided to drill this out to 3/4" to make the piece appear lighter, and to echo the wreath motif. Place each disk into a clamp to keep your fingers safe, then drill a 3/4" hole through each of the satellite circles. Don't worry about being exactly on center since symmetry is not part of the look. Make sure you leave at least 3/8" on one side to accept the dowels.

Step 7


Drill Dowel Holes in Satellites

Use a 3/16" drill bit to make a 1/4" hole on one side of each of the satellite disks for dowel spokes.

Step 8


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.

Step 9


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.

Step 10


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.

Step 11


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.