It’s December! This means majority of us are in full holiday mode, putting up Christmas decorations and checking items off the shopping list. We’ve had our Christmas lights up outside since mid-November, with no other decor up. Normally I purchase a fresh wreath for our front door from Costco or one of the local garden nurseries. This year I decided to try and make my own. As I mentioned in our November Favourites post yesterday, Ryan and I always cut down a fresh tree. If you are interested in making your own fresh wreath, you can find small bundles of fresh greenery for a small cost at your local tree farm. Instead of buying greenery, I decided to head on over to my parent’s house since they have loads of evergreen, holly, spruce and others that are perfect for this sort of activity. After we picked up our tree, we stopped by for a cup of tea and I stepped outside to snip a mixture of some small branches.
What you’ll need:
- 1 wire wreath frame [you can choose whichever size you like, I used an 18 inch]
- Floral wire
- Garden pruning shears
- Fresh greenery [the amount will depend on how big of a wreath you’d like to do]
- Ribbon [optional if you want to add a bow]
- Collect a mixture of greenery, I used Juniper, Dwarf Spruce and Holly. Once you have everything gather, set up your working space. Covering your table top with a canvas cloth protects the surface and also makes for easy clean up at the end.
- Begin snipping the greenery to form your base. Using cedar for this is perfect, I used the juniper. You’ll snip the greenery and form little bundles, securing them with floral wire first. I only twisted two or three times and used the remaining length of wire to help attach to the frame. Cutting the floral wire pieces about 6 inches in length per bundle was plenty.
- Before attaching the small bundles, lay them around the wreath frame to help you determine how you’d like to place them. Once you’ve decided on this, secure the bundles to the frame.
- Once your base is done, begin cutting small branches of pine or evergreen. I used the dwarf spruce here. Make and secure small bundles with the floral wire. Add these bunches to fill in empty looking spaces.
- Before adding the holly or whichever greenery you have, lift up the wreath like you were going to hang it up. By doing this, you’ll be able to see any lose areas that may need to be secured. Then add your holly or other greenery. Theses bunches are smaller, acting as an accent, adding texture and colour.
- If you are using ribbon or anything other type of decorative item, add those in now. I had planned on adding a bow, but decided I loved the look of the fresh greenery as it was.
- Now hang it up on your door!
Making the fresh wreath was relaxing and quite enjoyable, especially while enjoying a glass of wine ;). I didn’t wear gloves while making mine, but if you have a pair I highly recommend wearing them. My hands were a little sore from working with the greenery at the end. This would be a fun activity to do with friends and see everyone’s creations!
Do you make a fresh wreath every year? I’d love to hear about any tips you may have!