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.
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.
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.
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.
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.