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How to Make a Berry Monogram Wreath

 I fell in love with a monogram I spotted on Atkinson Drive blog. However real cranberries were used, so the longevity of the monogram was uncertain.

I put my thinking cap on and figured out a way to create a permanent/temporary monogram of my own

using items I already had on hand. What's permanent and what's temporary you ask?
Well...keep reading to find out!

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I already had this great wood monogram 'L'. I decided to create a temporary front for the letter using wood cranberry beads and foam core.

Here's what I did:

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Supplies needed:

- a flat wood monogram letter of your choice
- white foam board
- glue gun
- double-sided tape
- red wooden bead garland separated into loose beads or loose red beads
- craft blade
- red spray paint

To take it further and add it to a wreath, you'll also need:

- a plain Christmas wreath
- greenery picks or branches from a real tree
- craft ribbon of your choice
- craft wire
 The steps are explained below:

STEP 1: trace and cut a monogram from white foam core carefully, using a craft blade
STEP 2: lightly spray your 'new' monogram with red spray paint (this ensures that no white will show through after you glue on the beads)
STEP 3: Apply double stick tape to the back of the foam core and firmly press it to the wooden letter
STEP FOUR: hot glue cranberry beads one by one to the painted foam core, doing the edges first and then fill in the middle.
Tada, a temporary solution to the strong desire for a cranberry monogram!

Of course, if you want a permanent berry monogram that lasts forever, just omit the foam core and glue the beads directly to your letter.

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I'll have to update this post after the holidays to let you know how it peeled off, and if I was able to save it to use again next year.

I could have stopped here; it looks great. However, I decided to attach it to a green wreath and hang it from the window on my mantle.

I used craft wire to attach the monogram, twisting it around my monogram in three places to the wreath shape (see the arrows below).

berry monogram

I added a burlap bow and tied the wreath to my window frame using a red strip of burlap.

For the finishing touch, I tucked in a few stems from my pine tree (when Mr DIY cut off the lower branches, I stuck them into a bucket of water in my garage, knowing I'd want to use some of them to decorate).

Those few branches took my DIY Berry Monogram Wreath from WOW...

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I love all the bright color I see when I walk into the house!

It's so merry!

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How's your decorating coming along? I think I'm finally I need to get to shopping and wrapping and baking and cleaning!

Coming up later this week...a favorite Christmas cookie recipe!

Update: I'm pleased to let you know that my DIY berry monogram peeled right off my wooden letter. I've packed the berry monogram away until next year and put my original blue monogram back up!

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  1. Oh Cindy, that is just so cute! It's not a decoration that has to be put away after Christmas either, so it's a good one to make. This would work on large and small letters, with dried or fake berries too. I agree the added greenery made all the difference and it looks fab on your mantle. Using beads was a good idea. Nice job!

    1. You're right Val, you could totally customize this look and use different size letters!

  2. Oh my goodness! I've got red berry wooden garland that would be perfect for this project. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Pinning and sharing everywhere!
    ~ Ashley

    1. Thanks Ashley, I was just may not even need to separated the beads, just glue the strand down around your letter?! Less work!

  3. Wow, your mantle is so beautiful! I love how you paired the wreath/monogram with the old window. What a great job! I'll be pinning this for sure. Stopping by from the Sunday Showcase link up! -Jess /

  4. Ooohh! Love the look of this and it looks so easy to do. Your entire mantel looks beautiful with the assorted candles, the window, and the shutters. Thanks so much for linking up with us at Your Turn to Shine!

    1. Thank you Jamie! The shutters kick-started it all, and it just progressed from there. Love hanging out at your party!

  5. Looks great! I totally need to resort to foam core more often. I love the projects with it. Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday.

    1. Thanks Ginger, you're right...foam core is inexpensive and very versatile!

  6. Love this! I have several strands of those "cranberry" beads that I didn't use this year. What a great way to use them. Thank you for sharing it and your yummy gingersnap cookies and pretty hot cocoa bar at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a merry Christmas season!

    Blessings, Deborah

  7. I love it! And it looks like the real thing!!

    1. Thanks Julie, I'm really enjoying the bright color and texture.


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