Rustic Monogram

Martha Stewart Weddings, 2004

The creation of a new monogram is symbolic of the bride and groom's joining their lives in matrimony. There are many beautiful ways you can use these letters to personalize various details of your wedding, from invitations and matchbooks to the wedding cake and reception decorations.

Here are instructions for making an elegant monogram wreath from pinecones or tallow berries to adorn an entranceway or mantel.                                                                                                                                                  

Pinecone Wreath How-To
Tools and Materials
Bag of mini pinecones attached to wire stems, available at crafts or floral-supply stores
Paper-covered wire
Floral tape
Scissors
Hot-glue gun

1. Find your letter in a design you like (you might find inspiration from a book or magazine). Then enlarge it with a photocopier to the desired size to use as a guide.

2. To create a wreath form that is thick enough, cluster 4 pieces of wire together. Bend wire cluster to match the design of the initial, using the floral tape to secure the wires where they touch, if needed. Trim pinecone stems to 2 inches.

3. Starting from the top of the letter, lay small groups of pinecones on the form, winding floral tape around each cluster of stems as you go. To fill in any sparse areas, remove pinecones from stems and hot-glue them to wreath.

Tallow-Berry Wreath How-To
Tools and Materials
Grapevine
Tallow berries with wire stems, available from crafts or floral-supply stores
Floral wire
Scissors

1. Find your letter in a design you like (you might find inspiration from a book or magazine). Then enlarge it with a photocopier to the desired size to use as a guide.

2. To create the wreath form, soak grapevine in warm water overnight so it will be pliable. Cluster 3 to 5 strands of grapevine, and bend into desired shape, securing with floral wire where it touches. Trim the ends of the grapevine. Cut stems of tallow berries to 2 to 3 inches. Join several stems with wire to create clusters.

3. Starting from the top of the letter, place clusters of tallow berries on wreath, wiring stems to grapevine as you go. When you get to the bottom, turn clusters in the opposite direction so that stems won't stick out from end. Wire in place.

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