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Dowel Wreath

Make a wreath out of dowel pieces and decorate your door any time of year.

Dowel Wreath

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Miter saw
  • Medium-grit sandpaper or sanding block
  • Compass and cardboard


  • 2"x48" poplar round dowel (#43934)
  • Titebond III Ultimate wood glue (#627)
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Step 1

Dowel Wreath Step 2
Use a miter saw to cut a 2"×48" dowel into 36 discs: 9 at 1-1/4", 9 at 1", 9 at 3/4", and 9 at 1/2". Sand the faces and edges of all discs with medium-grit sandpaper.

Step 2

Pair each 1-1/4" disc with a 1" disc and glue each pair together side-by-side. Allow glue to dry for several hours.

Step 3

Use a compass to draw a 9-1/2"-diameter circle on a piece of cardboard or paper. Cover the drawing with waxed paper; this will prevent the glue from sticking in Step 4.

Step 4

Use the drawing as a guide to arrange the 9 pairs of glued discs in a circle --alternate the 1-1/4" discs with the 1" discs. Glue the pairs of discs together, maintaining the circle shape. Allow the ring to dry.

Step 5

Dowel Wreath Step 5
Arrange the 1/2" and 3/4" discs in a second ring outside the first, alternating the sizes, and then glue them along the outside of the first ring. Allow the glue to dry overnight.

Step 6

Leave the wood raw or finish with paint, stain, or a coat of polyurethane.