Fantastic Plastic: PVC Wreath

With less than two weeks to go until the big day we wanted to bring you a cool idea for a modern wreath.  This is one of my favorite ideas for the holidays.  The variety of sizes is what really makes this project successful.  It almost looks like bubbles when you look at it head on.

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We finished our project for today’s post in glossy white, but I can imagine it in many other finishes.  Leave the wreath as is or try filling the bigger tubes with ornaments or other holiday touches.

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PVC Wreath

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Before you start:

Be sure to evenly distribute the sizes of tubes.  This will make all the difference.

Take measurements if necessary to ensure that the wreath remains about the same size all the way around.

A table saw or box saw are important here as they will help to maintain a level edge.

If one end of the tube gets messed up during cutting place it bad end up in your arrangement.  It won’t be seen in the finished product.

Don’t skip any joints if possible.  Each bond makes the wreath a little stronger overall.

Apply adhesive liberally.

Make sure you use the adhesive in a well-ventilated area.

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The materials:

  • PVC pipes in a variety of diameters – the example is made of 5 foot lengths right from the hardware store shelf.
  • PVC cement (16 oz can)
  • Spray paint
  • Sandpaper

The steps:

  1. Cut the pipes into 5 inch pieces with a table saw or a box saw.
  2. Peel off any stickers, lightly sand edges as needed, and wipe off dirt with a damp cloth.
  3. On a flat surface, lay the pipe pieces out in a pattern with the sizes evenly distributed around the wreath.  Use a round object in the center as your guide such as a mixing bowl.
  4. When you are satisfied with your layout gently move all but the innermost circle back just a few inches.
  5. Apply PVC cement to the both sides of two of the tubes where they are to be joined.  Hold together for 30 seconds.  Release.
  6. Repeat this process all the way around the circle.
  7. Begin adding the remaining pieces by applying adhesive to both surfaces where any and every joint will be made.
  8. Allow proper drying time (about 2 hours) before continuing.
  9. Turn wreath over and clean the front of your wreath before painting.
  10. Spray paint the wreath following the paint manufacturer’s instructions.
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