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The Most Joyous Christmas Wreath Sign

Martha shows us how to make this festive sign for the perfect holiday message.

Photography: Mike Krautter

Source: Martha Stewart

materials

  • 5 5-foot 1-by-6-inch boards; 2 24-inch 1-by-6-inch boards                       

  • Gloss white paint                       

  • Paint roller and tray                       

  • 20 1 ¼-inch Phillips-head screws   

  • Cordless drill & drill bits, 1/8 inch and 1 ¼ inches            

  • 22-gauge wire, precut into many 12-inch-long pieces

steps

  1. Paint all of your 1-by-6-inch pine boards with the white paint. Lay the 5 long boards side by side (aligning the long sides) to create a panel. Place the 2 shorter boards across the 5 -- one on either end. Screw them in about 11 1/2 inches from the ends. The side with the shorter pieces will be the back of your sign.

  2. Place the “JOY” template on the front of the panel. Use a 1/8-inch drill bit to drill holes in the corresponding circles on the template, through the paper and panel. These allow you to wire the garland and wreath in place.


  3. Use a 1 1/4-inch bit to do the same with the larger corresponding holes in the template. Drill through the paper and panel. These holes are for the electric wires and garland.


  4. Unscrew and remove the top board and place the garland in the large holes, leaving 42 inches hanging at the front left for the "J" and 36 inches hanging at the front right for the "Y." Reattach the top board.


  5. Following the arrows on the template, place the garland along the holes to create a "J" and a "Y." Thread the electrical plug through the large hole, as shown on the template. Fluff the garland.

  6. Feed a 12-inch piece of 22-gauge wire through the holes and around the garland. Twist the loose ends underneath the panel to secure.


  7. Place the wreath on the center of the board. Feed a 12-inch piece of 22-gauge wire through the indicated holes around the top of the wreath and through the back.


  8. Twist the loose ends underneath the panel to secure. Repeat at the bottom and on either side. Plug in to illuminate the garland. If you’d like to light all three letters, add microlights to the wreath!

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