I have finally finished my twig wreath!!! I started more than a year ago when I designed the wreath and had DH create the substrate - a donut cut from thin wood. I collected the willow twigs after the trimming of the willows in the early spring and cut them all to size - small, medium and large. They had been sitting in the back garage drying for more than a year so this summer I took the time to glue them all to the substrate with hot glue. I was very happy with how that went and trimmed all the hot glue strings in preparation for painting. I had wanted to paint it light gray but others liked the very earthy colour of it in its natural state so it sat yet for a another while. About a month ago I decided that I would paint it light gray as I had originally planned so went looking for paint. I had thought mat finish but could not find anything besides primer that was matt finish and it was too dark a gray for what I wanted. So bought light gray enamel paint in a spray can with the plan to spray it with clear matt finish. I sprayed the wreath 4 times over the course of one day - one coat on the back and three on the front. I used a produce crate to support it while drying which worked really well. I am very happy with how it turned out as it still has lots of texture and depth which may have disappeared if I had continued to add layers of paint. While I was out buying paint I found this burlap poinsettia discounted in the Christmas aisle of Peavy Mart. I bought one red - all they had - and one beige. I dismantled the beige one and applied a colour wash of green acrylic paint to the largest petals and then dismantled the red one, removed the spacer and added the green one to the back!!! Perfect!! I wired them together and then added them to the wreath with the wire once I had positioned the flower where I wanted it. It was ready in time to put up for Christmas!! I have felted wool roses in three sizes (Thanks, Suzanne) which I will do up to add to the wreath for the rest of the year. It looks exactly as I had hoped it would!!!