Evergreen Wreath D.I.Y.

WreathintroThis morning my husband woke up to “Christmas with the Rat Pack” playing at full blast and our kitchen table covered in fir boughs, holly and other forest gleanings. Was this some sort of mad holiday bacchanalia?

Naw, it was just me finishing up our new wreath for the front door. While he gave me his sleepy thoughts on twig placement over morning coffee, I reflected that making evergreen wreaths is probably one of my favorite random skills I’ve picked up over the years.

All it takes is a frame from the craft store (which only costs a few dollars) and some evergreen boughs (easily gathered after a winter storm).
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What You’ll Need:

  • Wire Wreath Frame
  • Evergreen Boughs
  • Pruners
  • Pliers
  • Wire
  • Wirecutters
  • Decor: Ribbons, bows, twigs, berries etc.

To Start:

Make a small bouquet of evergreen sprigs. I use about four or five. You can trim them now for more uniformity or leave them long for a wild, woodsy look.

IMG_20141203_120838023Now lay your bouquet between two spikes, then fold them over with the pliers. Try to get them fairly tight, but don’t hurt yourself. You’re going to overlap all your succeeding bouquets of greens and by the time you’re finished, you’ll find that it’s quite sturdy.

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It comes together pretty quickly. And once you’ve laid your base, you can begin to wire on fun things like bits of holly and twig.

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Before long you’ll have your own homemade wreath to hang on the front door, over the mantel or wherever you choose to show off your mad crafting skills.

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This wreath was primarily based on found woodland bits and bobs, but remember you can go so many directions….sparkly ornaments, gingerbread people, robots….basically a wreath can reflect whatever your current interests might be.

Have fun with it. Happy holidays guys!

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