As I was putting up the artificial Christmas wreaths, I started thinking about all the people who buy them, take them out of the package, and just hang them up. Not one bit of effort was put into styling, shaping or fluffing them. I see this happen at private homes, public buildings, and even at malls.
With a few minutes of time, and some easy to follow instructions, you will have your not decorated, or decorated Christmas wreath looking great, and ready to shine during the Holiday Season.
You can start the process of fluffing and reshaping your wreath, anywhere on your wreath. You will be working counter-clockwise, and in rows, working left (outside edge) to right (center of the wreath).
Take the first tip closest to the outside of your wreath and bend it outward and lift it upward. Then bend and turn the end of that tip upward to face you. Kind of like a soft “J“. (see illustration (Profile of tips turned up).
After that work on the second tip, that is next to the one you just reshaped. Lift and bend that one. Bend its tip upward, as you did with the first one. Continue lifting and bending each tip in that row, until you get to the end. The last tip in that row can be bent toward the center of the wreath, and its tip turned up.
Sometimes the tips get out-of-order when the wreath is compressed for shipping. A tip that should be on the end is folded in the direction of the center. Just move it back to the location to where it should be.
After that start the second row, doing exactly as you did in the first. Working left to right, continue lifting and bending each consecutive row of tips on your wreath, until you come to where you began.
After that step back and check the shape and look of the wreath. If needed, go around the wreath again, as you did the first time, lifting and bending any tips that you think need to be reshaped.
The fluffing and reshaping of an artificial wreath is not a one time project. Wreaths have a way of getting crushed a bit from year to year, during off-season storage, and need a bit of shape rejuvenation. Even a new pre-decorated wreath, fresh from the store will need a bit of fluffing to improve its look.
So there you have it…Wreath Fluffing / Reshaping 101. Now that you know what to do…Get Decking those Halls!
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