These plate wreaths take a little time but are fairly easy once you understand the construction.
You need a hand drill, a 1/8" drill bit (or one a bit smaller than the screws you use) for pilot holes, the roughest grit sandpaper you can find, short wood screws, glue, screwdriver. I use Gorilla Epoxy. (Yes sweet sister Jeanne you can use E-6000 but it doesn't set up as quickly or as nicely as the Gorilla Epoxy and you really have to make sure it sets and holds so I recommend the Gorilla Epoxy.) For very heavily glazed plates, you can use Armour etch to take off some of the glaze OR you can use a small rotary drill bit to
scratch off some of the glaze. This will help secure the plate and/or items to a plate.
The first thing I do is layout my plates the way I think they look best.
Lay out your plates again, just to be sure you still like the layout and that it still works. Rough up the backs of the plates where they will glue to the wood bits, wipe off. Set them back around the outside of wreath and get your glue ready. You have to mix up the epoxy and use it within five minutes of mixing so you may want to do it in two steps. Apply the epoxy to the top of the wooden bit, then set plate on top. For me it's best to do the top and the bottom plates first because I usually do have a top and a bottom. The glue will set up in about five minutes so try to orient the patterns on the plates the way you want them BUT the nice thing about screwing in the wood bits it that you do have a little bit of play, you can turn the wood bits if you are off some AND you are able to remove a plate if needed.
After a half hour I return to add the birds, flowers etc. again using the Gorilla Glue. You CAN do this before you even start your wreath, matter of choice and how sure you are of what you want to place them on.
To hang the wreaths I use two screws about 2" apart in the wall.
The important things are the wreath, the wood bits and the glue. I'm sure you will find ways that work better for you and maybe even a better method. Please come back and share your ideas and your wreaths. If you have any questions I'll be happy to answer them.
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