How to Make a Wreath Tabletop Stand

Overview

Wreaths are often displayed on windows, doors, walls and fences but occasionally it is nice to be able to display a wreath on a tabletop, mantle or other location where you don't want to use a permanent display hook. It is easy to take garden twigs and assemble a simple, rustic tabletop easel that you can use to hold your wreath upright on any flat surface. You can make this easel the size you need for the wreath you want to display and it will add another natural texture to your display.

Step 1

Select a twig that is approximately the diameter of a quarter. Trim off all small twigs with a utility knife leaving just the main stem. Cut two pieces of the twig 2 inches taller than the height of the wreath. These are the front legs. Cut one piece 1 inch taller than the wreath. This is the back leg. Cut one twig 14 inches long. This is the front leg cross bar. Cut one twig 3 inches long. This is the front leg top crossbar.

Step 2

Cut the top of each front leg at a 45-degree angle. Place the front legs on either side of the back leg with the tops even. Make sure the angle cuts are to the inside, against the sides of the back leg.

Step 3

Drill a hole 1 inch from the top of the three legs. Drill the hole through the side of one front leg, through the back leg and through the side of the other front leg. Insert a bolt with a washer through all three holes. When the bolt emerges from the side of the front leg, place another washer and a wing nut (the kind of nut you can tighten with your fingers). Tighten the wing nut snug but not tight.

Step 4

Position the 3-inch twig near the top of the legs. It should overhang the sides of the front legs by 1/2 inch. Drill a hole through the 3-inch twig and halfway into one front leg and screw a wood screw through the small twig. Repeat for the other side. Make sure the 3-inch crossbar looks level. Drill a hole in the center of the 3-inch twig about three-quarters of the way through the twig and screw an elongated metal hook into the twig with the hook facing up.

Step 5

Position the 14-inch twig across the bottom of the legs. This crossbar should be 2 inches from the bottom of the front legs and it can overhang the sides of the front legs by 1 inch on each side. Drill holes through the cross bar and halfway into the front legs and screw the cross bar to the front legs with wood screws.

Step 6

Turn the easel over. Screw a small screw eye into the back center of the 14-inch crossbar. Screw a small screw eye into the front of the back leg about 2 inches from the bottom of the leg. String twine through the screw eyes. Open the easel and adjust the twine to the angle you want the easel to stand. Knot the twine and trim off the excess with scissors

Things You'll Need

  • Twigs
  • Utility knife
  • Tape measure
  • Hand saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Elongated screw hook
  • Screw eyes
  • Twine
  • Scissors

References

  • Lee's Wood Projects: Easel
  • Blog Sharp: Tabletop Easel
  • Art Papa: Homemade Cheap Easel
Keywords: wreath tabletop stand, wreath tabletop easel, twig tabletop easel

About this Author

F.R.R. Mallory is a senior at UC Berkeley completing degrees in both Neuropsychology and English. She has been published since 1996 in both nonfiction and fiction, books, short stories, articles and essays. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.