Oktoberfest Wreath (≈6’ 4” diameter, ≈20' circumference)
- 24 pieces of 12” x 1.5” x .75” wood - $10
- 24 - .25” x 2.5” bolts - $5
- 24 - .25” nuts - $2
- 48 washers - $3
- 4 screw hooks - $5
- 4 - 6' pieces of 4” semi-rigid dryer vent - $50
- ≈270’ of 3” wide Garland (30 – 9’ long strands) - $70
- 2 - 12’ long gold chains (loop size is up to you) - $20
- 20’ big bulb light strand (preferably with an even number of lights) - $15
- Ribbon - $20
- Duct Tape - $5
- Total ≈$205
- Two wrenches the size of your nut and bolt
- Tape measure
- Ruler or straight edge
1. Cut wood into 12" x 1.5" pieces. You will need 24 of these. I purchased two 6' x 3' boards, cut them in half lengthwise and then cut them into the correct sizes.
2. Draw a line down the center of each piece lengthwise (red line). Measure and drill a hole 1" away from the edge of each piece. This will need to be done for all 24 boards.(Figure 1)
3. Using a protractor, measure an outside angle of 165 degrees using your drill hole as your origin point and the red center line as your baseline. Mark that point on your board; then using a straight edge, draw your blue line from the point to the drill hole. (Figure 2)
4. Once your blue line is drawn, draw a parallel line 1.5" under your blue line creating the yellow line. This markings will need to be done to 12 boards.(Figure 3)
5. Once you have those 12 boards marked like Figure 3, place a board with only drill holes on top of your marked board lining up the drill holes. Slip a washer on your bolt then slide the bolt through both boards. Once the bolt is through, place a washer on the end of the bolt then screw the nut on to the bolt until is is somewhat tight. Once the board it somewhat tight you may want to make a mark like the green line to make it easier to line them up later. (Figure 4)
6. Continue connecting your boards with marked boards on the bottom and unmarked boards on the top. Once they are all connected you can fold them on top of each other like an accordion for easy storage and transport. Disregard the numbering of the boards until later. (Figure 5)
7. When you are ready to set up your wreath, take your accordion of boards and start to spread them out. Line up your marks then securely tighten your bolt with a wrench and socket wrench. While the connections will seem tight, they can still be moved accidentally with enough force applied to them. Connect all boards to form your circle. This is now where you should number your boards. (Figure 6).
8. Once your circle is formed you will need to screw in hooks into the top boards at each 3:00 position. My boards happened to be numbers 5, 11, 17, 23. You can see the hooks in Figure 5.
9. Next, unscrew one connection to break your circle. This will allow you to slip the dryer vent on to your wreath. This part is easiest done on the ground or on a table big enough to hold your wreath. I purchased 4 sections of dryer vent and extended each section to cover one quarter of the wreath.
10. Once all of the dryer vents are on, reconnect your board. I now suggest raising your wreath up with chains. When I set my wreath up in my tent I connect it directly to the tent to do the final steps. Raising the wreath will make it easier to finish the last steps, especially if you are attaching lights to the bottom of your wreath.
11. Once your wreath is raised, connect your dryer vents to each other with duct tape. The connections do not need to be perfect but just enough to keep the vents connected. If you are using lights on the bottom of your wreath, start from a hook section and tape the beginning of your light strand under the hook to the dryer vent allowing the plug in connection to be at the hook.
12. Now comes the tedious part, start wrapping garland around your wreath. If you are using lights, make sure to wrap the garland around the wiring. The garland will hold your lights in place. When you reach the end of a strand, tuck it under itself to hold it in place. Start the new strand where you left off and tuck the new strand under the previous strand to hold it in place. I did not use any tape to hold the garland on the wreath.(Figure 7)
13. Keep wrapping the garland around the wreath until you are finished. (Figure 8)
14. If you so desire, wrap ribbons around your wreath. The wreath in this example had 24 lights underneath so I alternated blue and white ribbons around the wreath placing the ribbon in the middle between the lights. (Figure 9)
At noon on opening day of Oktoberfest, the Lord Mayor taps a Spaten barrel at the Schottenhamel Tent and shouts to a crowd of thousands “O’zapft is!” (It's tapped). After this ceremonial tapping all the tents are allowed to start selling beer and Oktoberfest has officially started. Having a ceremonial Oktoberfest barrel at your party adds an element of authenticity as well as a fun way to kick off your event.Read More