Learn how to make your own wreaths

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Cactus Flower offers private and group classes to teach people how to make gorgeous wreaths.

  • Classes are 2 hours long, and are offered in all 5 Cactus Flower locations Valleywide
  • Tinsel Training is great for groups, families, friends, and would make a great gift as well (the gift of a fun time together!). Minimum group: 6 people.
  • Cost is $50 pre person and includes artificial wreath, ribbon, ornaments, and holiday accents
  • Floral design expert will teach your group how to create a festive holiday wreath (or a holiday floral arrangement of your choice)
  • Think DIY with an assist (professional floral designer from Cactus Flower
  • Create festive holiday décor to welcome guests when they arrive at your home, or to bring to holiday parties as a host(ess)

Cactus Flower Tinsel Training
http://www.cactusflower.com/tinseltraining2014.aspx

Instructions for making a wreath:
1. Make sure your wreath is all fluffed and even in appearance.
2. Take inventory of everything you'll be using for decor in your wreath and lay it out.
3. Your ribbon will be the focal point and create the overall theme of your wreath. We see everything from traditional to rustic to whimsical! Make two large bows and be sure to keep enough ribbon for tails to use later.
4. Insert bows in the wreath where you'd like (usually top left and bottom right).
5. Now insert larger items you want to showcase, like an ornament or stuffed animal.
6. Add on secondary decorations.
7. Step back and balance your bow. Tweak everything so it is exactly where you want it and secure with twist tie or hot glue.
8. Any additional filler items will be inserted at this point. Branches, berries, or some sparkle will give it that extra touch.
9. You're almost done! Time to use that additional ribbon to create tails for that final look. Tuck around to give it a natural look.
10. Find the perfect place to display your creation so that everyone can enjoy it!

Scottsdale store: 10822 N. Scottsdale Rd. (Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard)

Glendale store: 20211 N. 67th Ave. (67th Avenue and Loop 101)