Iron Craft Challenge #48 – Square Dowel Wreath

This week’s Iron Craft challenge was to make a wreath. I have a couple wreaths to make on my list, so I was looking forward to this one. The one I decided to try was based on one I saw recently at a Lowes.
Iron Craft Challenge #48 - Square Dowel Wreath
Their’s was a bit bigger and had a lot more layers. Mine is 12″ across, a nice size for hanging in the house.
Iron Craft Challenge #48 - Square Dowel Wreath
Since I was buying the dowels at a hardware store I was just going to pick up a small can of spray paint to paint the wreath. Then I noticed that you could get a test pot of any color of paint mixed up for you for just a few dollars. This was perfect, I could get the exact shade of red I wanted. The amount of paint you get here is a steal compared to a small bottle of craft paint for the same price.

Square Dowel Wreath

Supplies:

  • 12 feet of 3/8″ square dowels (I found the dowels in 36″ lengths and bought 4 of them)
  • saw
  • miter box (optional)
  • sandpaper
  • wood glue
  • grey paint (optional)
  • red paint

Using the saw and miter box, if you have one, cut the dowels into 12″ lengths.
Iron Craft Challenge #48 - Square Dowel Wreath Iron Craft Challenge #48 - Square Dowel Wreath
File any rough edges smooth with the sandpaper. Glue the dowels into tic tac toe board shapes. A cutting pad with measurements on it helps keep everything spaced evenly and straight. Let dry.
Iron Craft Challenge #48 - Square Dowel Wreath Iron Craft Challenge #48 - Square Dowel Wreath
Paint the dowels, front and back. (You can paint the dowels before gluing them if you want, but I didn’t). If you’ve ever painted with red you know it can often take a couple of coats to get a deep color. When I bought the paint they suggested I do a primer coat of grey first. I just happened to have some grey paint left over from painting a room and it did the trick.
Iron Craft Challenge #48 - Square Dowel Wreath Iron Craft Challenge #48 - Square Dowel Wreath
Stack the dowel tic tac toes on top of each other until you are happy with the layout. I started with one straight and the tilted the other two as evenly as I could in opposite directions. Glue them together and let dry. Hang and enjoy.

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