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Mardi Gras Wreath

Join in the revelry of Mardi Gras with a front door decoration that's imbued with the colorful spirit of New Orleans, which invokes the saying, "Laissez les bon temps rouler!" ("Let the good times roll.")

Mardi Gras wreath

Photography: Ashley Poskin

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Ashley Poskin. Mardi Gras is known for decadence, spirited parties, and indulgence—the last hurrah before the start of the season of Lent in Christianity. However, Carnival season actually begins each year on January 6, marking The Feast of the Epiphany, which also happens to be the perfect day to set out decorations in anticipation of Fat Tuesday. "This year for Mardi Gras, we decided 'decadent' would be the abundant use of gold in our décor," she says. "We created a modern, asymmetrical wreath using a gold hoop adorned with painted gold ferns, gold ribbon, and a single glass ornament in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of gold, purple, and green."

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Mardi Gras recipes, decorations, and entertaining ideas.

materials

  • Gold floral hoop (Panacea Products Metal Circular Hoop, 18", $4.49, joann.com)

  • Faux ferns (Bloom Room Fern Spray Green, 35", $6.99, joann.com)

  • Metallic gold craft paint (Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint, $3.19, michaels.com)

  • Craft brush (Martha Stewart Crafts Basic Brush Set, $16.95, amazon.com)

  • Floral wire

  • Wire Cutters

  • Glass ball ornaments (Kurt Adler Shiny Multicolored Glass Ball Ornaments, $22.87 for six, amazon.com)

  • Gold metallic ribbon (Celebrate It Metallic Gold Glitter Ribbon, 3/8", $3.99, michaels.com)

  • Scissors

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

  • Museum wax (Quakehold! Museum Wax, $11.99, amazon.com) (optional)

steps

  1. Brush stem and fern leaves with metallic craft paint; let dry. Trim excess off the stem, leaving two to three inches below the last fern leaf.

  2. Arrange ferns on one side of the floral hoop; bend floral wire to the shape of the hoop and twist the fern leafs in opposite directions until you settle on an arrangement. Hot-glue base of the arrangement to floral hoop, then twist floral wire to secure it in place. Repeat with a second spray (turned down in the opposite direction) for a fuller look.

    gold-painted ferns for a Mardi Gras wreath
  3. Hold wreath up on a wall; find the right placement for a wreath hanger, then mark the spot. Attach the hanger (we hot-glued a ribbon in place) and hang wreath on the wall. (Optional: To position the wreath perfectly, you may need to use a bit of museum wax on the side opposite of the ferns to maintain asymmetrical placement.)

  4. Measure the ribbon to hang ornaments, leaving at least one inch excess on each end, then attach the first and third ribbon to the top of your wreath hoop using hot glue. Find the exact point between the first and third ribbons, then attach the second ribbon. (Tip: If you plan to hang your wreath on a door, be sure to secure the bulbs to the door using a small amount of tape or museum wax on the backside to keep the ornaments from bouncing every time the door swings open.)

    ornaments on ribbon for a Mardi Gras wreath

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