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November 10, 2015

DIY Agate Slice Wreath

Yesterday I showed you a sneak peek of the Hello Holiday guide - did you spot my holiday DIY projects?  The agate slice wreath I made is definitely my favorite!!  I absolutely love this modern spin on a classic grapevine wreath.

DIY Agate Wreath

It has such a cool, organic feel thanks to the grapevine and irregular agate slices.

How I came up with the idea is kind of a funny story.  Hubby and I were driving home one night and I was brainstorming wreath ideas, lazily scrolling Pinterest on my phone.  I joked that making wreaths seemed to be competition in gluing weird things to a wreath form.  We started naming really ridiculous things one could affix to a wreath and, all of a sudden, agate slices popped into my head!  You know I love rocks, gems, and minerals - I even have a whole Pinterest board devoted to them!  (My agate slice pendants and framed agate slices are still very popular posts, so I know I'm not alone...)  Once I had the idea, I was fully committed!  We turned the truck around and hit up the craft store for a grapevine wreath and some wire, then I tracked down the perfect agate slices on Etsy.

DIY Agate Slice Project
Things to Make With Agate Slices
Modern DIY Wreath

Supplies:

First I spray painted my wreath gold, but you can leave it natural.  I purchased 10 dyed agate slices from an Etsy seller and she helped me choose stones with a similar scale and colour.  They're all between 2.5" - 4" (except the one bonus mini she sent me).

To affix the agate slices, I looped a piece of wire around one end of the agate, twisting it tightly at the back. You can do this by hand, but needle-nose pliers help.  Be careful not to over-twist as metal fatigue can cause the wire to snap.  If your wire has snapped a few times, upgrade to a lower gauge wire.  It will be a bit stiffer to work with, but will be stronger – especially good if you have little kiddos around who might be tempted to tug on the shiny agate slices.  (If you're really committed to the look, you can also use glue instead of wire, but wire affords some flexibility because the wreath could be dissembled in the future).


Next I cut a second piece of wire and looped it around the other end of the agate slice, twisting it tightly as well.  With a loop at each end of the agate, I brought the tail ends of wire together at the back of the agate slice and twisted them together.


Then I simply twisted the wire on to the grapevine wreath and buried the tail.  I worked my way around the wreath, layering the agate slices for a natural look.

Check out Hello Yellow for more tips, ideas for wire wrapping, and more photos. 

Agate Slice DIY
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7 comments

  1. Stunning! And I could easily pick yours out of the lineup. It does look like little pools of water... and could be used year round.

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    1. That's my sneaky approach to "holiday" decorating - I mostly end up doing something wintry or just shimmery so I can enjoy it, lol. Shhhh, don't tell them :)

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  2. Of course I love this! It reminds me of the beach

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    1. Thanks!! I agree: very watery. I'd love to see someone make one on a different colour...

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    2. Thanks!! I agree: very watery. I'd love to see someone make one on a different colour...

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  3. Hi Tanya! I'm Marie from The Hollow Geode! I was browsing agate crafts and came across this post. Started to think to myself that the agate slices looked familiar - sure enough you bought them from me! This is gorgeous! How creative! I think I'm going to try to make one for myself! Thank you so much for linking to my shop!

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    1. Hi Marie! What a small world! I was more than happy to link to your shop because you are such an amazing seller. Your selection is amazing and I'm so appreciative about how much work you put into finding me the right group of agate slices - now you know why! If you make a wreath like this, I'd love to see.

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