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A wreath with a little twist (for our Canadian Wreath Hop of course!)

If you need to know one thing about my decor style it’s that I am heavily influenced by Scandinavian and Nordic design.

My entire Christmas Pinterest board for example, is saturated with Scandinavian crafts and projects. I like the simplicity and clean look of it all. The natural materials like wood and the warm textiles. The patterns and prints. It’s heavenly.

Needless to say my wreath for our Canadian Wreath Blog Hop is heavily influenced by my love for it all.

Here’s what I used to make it:

– a 14″ embroidery hoop from a thrift store
– a 9″ willow wreath form from the Dollar Tree
– the gorgeous red leaves ribbon from May Arts who generously sponsored this wreath hop
– red and grey yarn
– twine
– scissors

I started by using my ‘red leaves ribbon’ and winding it around the willow wreath form then just tying the ends.

red leaves ribbon

Making an embroidery hoop wreath (2)

I then took approx 6.5 metres worth of yarn and twine, then wound and twisted that around the outside of the embroidery hoop.

Who needs a desk? Just sit on your floor.

Making an embroidery hoop wreath (3)

Making an embroidery hoop wreath (4)

I then used the extra yarn/twine and tied the willow wreath to hang in the middle.

Making an embroidery hoop wreath

After that, using the same strands of yarn/twine, I added the final embellishments and tied some bells and used my glue gun to add a wooden heart.

I trimmed the rest of the yarn/twine after I was done.

DIY embroidery hoop wreath

And it wound up like this!

DIY Scandinavian Influenced Wreath

wooden Christmas wreath embellishments - hearts and bells

yarn wrapped around wreath

red leaves ribbon (2)

wooden Christmas wreath

Bright, cheerful and simple. Just my style.

Embroidery Hoop & Willow Christmas Wreath

To get even more inspiration, go check out these 14 incredible wreaths created by my fellow bloggers (from left to right, they are):

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life In The Suburbs
Thalita from The Learner Observer
Angie from Echoes of Laughter
Virginia from Fynes Designs
Tara from Suburble
Shauna from Satori Design for Living
Kelly from A Swell Place to Dwell
Stephanie from Garden Therapy
Becky from Sketchy Styles
Christine from DIY Dreamer
Alex from Northstory
Shannon from AKA Design
Ingrid from Now At Home Mom
Gemma from The Sweetest Digs
Brooke from Brooklyn Berry Designs

You’re bound to be inspired!

Canadian Blogger Collage 2013

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  • Reply
    Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine
    November 25, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I have green leaf ribbon just like that that I found in Montreal. I’m going this Friday, so I’ll look for red! Love the nordic Canadian vibe 🙂

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    Melissa / The Sweet Escape
    November 25, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Love this! So different and simple. Wreath hop is a such a great idea. I would love to be involved next time you guys do something similar 🙂

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    now at home mom
    November 25, 2013 at 8:04 am

    your wreath is beautiful Alex! the red ribbon you chose is different but so pretty & love how you always make the best projects with embroidery hoops 🙂
    & me love how the red and grey yarn adorn the wreath; very Canadienne, oh! oui je l’aime beaucoup! 🙂

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    November 25, 2013 at 8:38 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE, so unique and simple! Great use of the embroidery hoop!

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    November 25, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Alex – I love your aesthetic. Like crave-love it. Your work always has an effortless simplicity. Which is no doubt born of much effort!

    Good on ya for doing your unique version of a wreath!

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    November 25, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I thought of you yesterday because I needed an embroidery hoop, but was not about to run yet another errand for something totally random. I vowed that I will follow your lead and pick some up next time I see them at a thrift store.
    Such a cute project!

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    [email protected]
    November 25, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Loooooooove it! Simple and beautiful.

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    November 25, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Your wreath is SO pretty Alex! I love love the ribbon you chose! Just gorgeous!

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    Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell
    November 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

    What a cool idea!! I love how it turned out.

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    November 25, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I love the wreath! It brings back childhood memories of Danish Christmas!

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    November 25, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Love the simplicity and love that I’ve never seen one like that before ! it’s beautiful…xo

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    Tara @ Suburble
    November 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Alex – this is so beautiful! I love your take on it (and I didn’t see that red leaf ribbon! Great choice, lady!)


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    Shauna @ Satori Design for Living
    November 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    So smart to have a wreath within a wreath! That red leaf ribbon is gorgeous!

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet
    November 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Oh, man – – what do I love most? The red leaf ribbon or the embroidery hoop border or that trio of yarn or the bells in the middle? Not sure! I think the beauty of it is how well all these elements work together. Job well done, Alex! (I, too, am a lover of all things nordic and Scandinavian. Maybe it’s the 25% Swedish in me!?) Pinning!

    Love this Canadian wreath blog hop with so many sweet familiar faces! Off to see Ingrid.

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    November 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    love this modern look. red and blue are some of my favourite holiday colours. Great design!

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    November 26, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Oh my goodness, Alex… this is so, so cute! I love the different textures that you used to create this wreath. Very Scandinavian! And I’m completely jealous of all the fun stuff you have at your dollar store. I went to ours last week to see if I could find a small crate and quickly realized we are not shopping at the same store.

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    Time With Thea
    November 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

    How unique, simple but yet so stylish. well done! ~Thea

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    November 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    What an original wreath Alex!! I LOVE IT!!

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    Shannon Acheson
    November 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Definitely Scandi, Alex! Nice job!

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    November 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I like your design, and the way the red yarn complements the red ribbon. I also followed your link to your pinterest board – I like your style!

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    Dani @ lifeovereasy
    November 26, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    This wreath is so sweet! Love the simple design. And the wreath blog hop is so much fun!

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    Christina @The DIY Mommy
    November 17, 2014 at 12:04 am

    SO CUTE! I love this! That red leaf ribbon is awesome.

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