Thursday, November 26, 2015

Make Your Own Evergreen Wreath...It's Not Hard


Happiest THANKSgiving Day to you all!
Enjoy this special time together...and to get you in the mood for Christmas...here is a past post on making you own wreaths.
They really are simple to make and so beautiful!




The smell of fresh evergreen is tantalizing around Christmas time.
And truly...I promise...it's so easy to make your own.

If you have trees in your yard, or possibly have a neighbor willing to let you cut a few branches, the cost is virtually nothing.
Some tree farms will also let you have excess clippings.
Or, you can get a forest service permit to go cut in the woods.

To make the wreath you'll need: 
*a wire frame {you can find them at craft stores, or make your own from an old coat hanger}.
*floral wire {found at a hardware or craft store}.
*evergreen branches, other plant clippings



To start off, cut about 3-6 sprigs about 5-8 inches long and bunch together.


Depending how thick and fluffy you want your wreath, a fuller bunch of sprigs will give you a fluffy wreath. Less sprigs in the bunch will give the wreath a sparser look.

Lay the little bunch on the wreath, pointing slightly toward the outside.


Wrap your floral wire around 2-3 times, pulling tight.
Leave it just to the side outside the frame, the wire laying underneath....don't cut the wire!

Make another sprig bunch and this time lay it down about an inch below the first one, pointing slightly inside the wreath frame.


Wrap your wire around 2-3 times pulling tight.
Make sure you leave it underneath and to the side again.
That way you are ready for the next bunch!


Keep repeating this sequence....laying the next bunch about an inch below, and alternating pointing inside or out.

You can also tuck in different foliage to give the wreath more dimension.
Just include it in your little sprig bunch.

When you get to the end, you will want to "tuck" the remaining bunches underneath the overlapping sprigs.



They will overlap and create a seamless overlay.
Cut the wire and lace it through the back and twist to tie off.

That is it.
Easy peasy and such a great gift for neighbors...or just for you!

You can add ribbon by twisting some floral wire around the wreath and attaching it, or pine cones, Christmas balls...the possibilities are endless!

Hope you find this holiday season filled with joy!

~Julia



8 comments:

Amy at love made my home said...

Your wreath is beautiful Julia, I love the simplicity of it. Great tutorial too. xx

Keeping It Cozy said...

Gorgeous! I'm so glad you shared this tutorial as my recent experience making a wreath came out nowhere near as beautiful as this! :-) I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, Julia!

Lisa said...

That looks so great, and I bet it smells amazing. You make it look easy.

Anonymous said...

Oh, your wreath is so pretty Julia!
Thank you for the tutorial as I have always wanted to make one, but
thought it might come out awful....this looks like something I can handle! Thanks again for sharing this!!
Corinne

Bonnie said...

You've made this look so simple. Your wreath is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

That's how I make mine too - so pretty, fresh and fragrant! There is nothing nicer than a fresh wreath to adorn your home a Christmastime! I've made a few on empty picture frames from the thrift store too - for that modern 'square' look - they're nice, but I love the traditional round just a much!

Gumbo Lily said...

I like your wreath. I've been making a few evergreen wreaths too. My way is even simpler. Just buy a grapevine wreath and poke branches or bundles into it. They hold very well and when you're done, just pull everything out and reuse the wreath next year. I added some yucca pods to my most recent juniper wreath.

Teresa @ Simply Farmhouse said...

Easy and Lovely...we just cut some branches off our freshly cut Christmas tree. I came online to see how to make a wreath. Thanks for sharing it was just in time.

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