I’m in love with my Woodsy Hexagon Wreath. It’s perfect in its simplicity, and can easily be decorated for any season by simply changing up the ribbon and greenery. Best of all, there’s no other one like it anywhere. The idea for it came when I began noticing hexagons in all sorts of design elements, like kitchen backsplashes, shelving, and even jewelry.
I had never seen a hexagon wreath before, and thought it would be the perfect project. But what would I make it from? My first thought was two-by-fours. I could even stain the wood and cut it perfect to size. But then I walked out to my backyard and the logs stacked neatly on our wood pile caught my eye. With the whole “woodsy” look being so popular right now, why not combine the natural wood logs with the also hip hexagon pattern!?
If you’ve been following my blogs, you may recall that a couple of years ago we were forced to take down a tree in our backyard. Well, we still have quite a bit of the wood left from it, even though I’ve used it for various DIY projects. I’ve made everything from party centerpieces to hand-painted Christmas ornaments, and now I could already picture a Woodsy Hexagon Wreath hanging on my front door.
First order of business was to pick three logs of similar length and width. That was easy enough. But then I quickly realized I had no idea how I was going to split the wood down the middle. Trust me, it’s not as easy as you might think. Thankfully, I’m married to someone who can take my vision and make it happen. Because the logs weren’t perfectly straight, he first had to build a jig to keep the logs in place before running them across the table saw.
With all the logs split down the middle, the rest was pretty simple. We just measured the length and cut all the ends at our desired angles. If you’re good at geometry, I’m sure you can cut your six sides to perfection knowing a simple hexagon is 720-degrees. For me, that fact, (and even viewing the graphic below) only serves as confirmation that eyeballing things is much easier.
The six sides were then secured into place at each angle using 1 1/2″ wood screws that are only visible on the back side. In the end, the angles of my Woodsy Hexagon Wreath weren’t perfect, but that’s only because the logs we started with were imperfect. In my opinion that only adds to the rustic design.
All it needed now were the finishing touches. I wrapped a simple garland around it and added some wired ribbon. And just like that, this Woodsy Hexagon Wreath was ready for my front door, where the first impression it makes is one of natural beauty.
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