Forget going to the store. Make your own Christmas wreath at home in just thirty minutes.
After forging in the dark with a flashlight and two brave dogs, I came home with enough greenery to make two wreaths. What is wonderful about this project, you can add any sort of holiday/ festive flare to the base wreath. I chose to use some left over golden pine cones (from our SPECTACULAR Christmas Tree for December Down East magazine), some 2-inch wide red ribbon, and a couple branches of wild red berries.
I was happily surprised how little time this project took — about thirty minutes in all! The wreaths came out so lovely, that I took down a picture in the living room, and hung the wreath inside. What a wonderful holiday change it made to the room!
What you'll need:
Green floral wire
One small pine tree (4 feet tall)
4-6 branches of evergreen tree
2 medium wire wreath hoops (at most local hardware stores)
Wild berries, or any other colorful berries
What to do:
Start by cutting off several smaller branches of green and place one on the metal circle. With a piece of floral wire about 6 inches long, wrap the wire around the branch and the wire hoop. Continuing this process, laying the next branches in the same direction, until the whole hoop is covered.
When you have finished this process, lay the wreath flat on a table and look for evenness. If there is a spot that is lacking some greenery, simply add smaller branches, by weaving them into the wreath, securing them with a small piece of wire.
After you are happy with the wreath, take the scissors and give the inner circle a little hair cut. Lay the wreath flat on a table and cut any wild greenery.
Next, grab your festive flare, and attached with wire in your desired spot. If you are attaching a bow, tie the bow first, insert a 6-inch piece of wire into the back of the bow and attached to the wreath.
Hanging: Cut a 6-8-inch piece of wire and weave into the top of the wreath (the top can be any spot that you desire). Flip the wreath over and twist the two ends together tightly several times. Next weave the ends around each other leaving a hole/ loop in the middle.
Hang the wreath in your desired spot, using a small nail to hang it on.
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