French Beaded Poinsettias by Lauren Harpster - 2019 Christmas Wreath in progress

2019 One-A-Day Project

I enjoyed my 2018 Rainbow Wreath Project so much that I decided to do another One-A-Day Project for 2019. This year I’m making a Christmas Wreath! 

I started the project with the main focals of the wreath, the blue and gold poinsettias. 

French Beaded Poinsettia by Lauren Harpster

Update March 18, 2019 – 

So far I have 76 pieces, and 289 pieces left to go! 

The Poinsettias are finished, along with the poinsettia leaves. I wanted to make Poinsettias that were more decorative than realistic, so they are blue, they have the holly-leaf type bracts and leaves, and I just used round gold metal beads for the flowers in the center. One Poinsettia is slightly larger, measuring 8 inches wide, while the other two are just under 7 inches. Each poinsettia is 14 pieces, so 42 pieces in the Poinsettias. Then 15 of the leaves – 5 large and 10 small. And I have 19 pieces for the gold ferns so far, two full fern leaves are finished, the other pieces are not pictured. 

Nothing is actually attached to the wreath frame at this point, though you can see in the pictures below that I’ve got the pieces laid out on the frame. This just helps me plan ahead a little bit. I can see how much space I’m taking, how much is left, and I can decide if I have enough of everything I’ve made so far. Right now I’m using a 16″ frame, the same size as the frame for my Color Wheel Wreath, though I have an 18″ frame as backup, since I’m a little worried it will need more space by the time I’ve finished all my pieces. 

French Beaded Poinsettias by Lauren Harpster - 2019 Christmas Wreath in progress
French Beaded Poinsettias by Lauren Harpster - 2019 Christmas Wreath in progress
French Beaded Poinsettias by Lauren Harpster - 2019 Christmas Wreath in progress

I kind of wish I’d chosen an easier project this year as I do have quite a lot going on. I’m working on a full course with videos, and a book, and so far the individual pieces have been more complicated than the daily projects for the Color Wheel wreath from last year, which has made this much harder to keep up with. So far I’ve been doing pretty well, except one week when I had injured my wrist while playing with my children and couldn’t bead. I had to make up those pieces by doing two a day for a while. 

But, despite my terrible time planning skills, I’m really excited about this project! I love Christmas! And I’ve always wanted a big beaded Christmas wreath, so in the end this will be another long-time dream come true. 

I’m still working on gold ferns at this point, but there’s so much more coming! 

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