DIY Holiday Wreath

Growing up in the country, it was always tradition in my home to decorate with fresh greenery.

There is nothing more magical than being out in the woods after a fresh snowfall gathering foliage, and leaving footprints in the snow. The fresh evergreens would fill my heart with glee and our house with the fragrance of the holidays.

One of my favourite elements of greenery during the holidays is the wreath. This simple wreath design makes for quick DIY, and great way to bring nature to your home.

Essentials

  • Metal wreath form
  • Floral stem wire – cut into 4- to 5-inch pieces
  • 22-to 24-gauge paddle wire
  • Flower shears
  • Wire cutter
  • Glue gun
  • Yarn or ribbon for wrapping and hanging

Wreath Ingredients

  • Italian Ruscus
  • Carolina Sapphire
  • Pepper Berry
  • Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
  • Olive
  • Alder
  • Privet Berry
  • Cedar
  • Brunia
  • Seeded Eucalyptus
  • Bay Leaf

Wreath Recipe

A single wire frame is great for a thin, more delicate wreath. But if you are wanting your wreath lush and full, choose a double or triple wire frame.

Don’t feel confined by this combination of foliage. A wreath with a single type of greenery looks just as lovely as one with 4 different varieties.

  1. Gather your greenery. Bundle up and head outside with your shears. Take a walk in the woods or find ingredients in your own back yard. If foraging isn’t an option, spruce, cedar, juniper, fir, and pine boughs are usually available anywhere Christmas trees are sold or at your local flower markets.
  2. Cut a traditional wire wreath form apart at the seams to provide you with three single wire wreath rings. Give your wreath a unique look by stretching the round shape to create an oval.
  3. Cut pieces of greenery using your flower shears and group them by type. These pieces should be about 3 to 8 inches long depending on the look you want to achieve.
  4. Combine the variety of greens and berries to create little bundles. Wrap the stems of each bundle a little more than halfway down the bundle with floral wire as tightly as possible. Be sure to remove any leaves at the bottom, keeping the ends uniform. Create 8 to 10 small bunches, making each bundle a little different.
  5. Add the first bundle on the frame and wrap the paddle wire a few times around the bottom of the bundle and the wreath frame as tightly as you can to keep it in place. Do not cut the wire!
  6. Add the second bundle on top of the first so that its loose stems cover the paddle wire and the wreath frame from beneath. Wrap the wire around the bundle and frame a few times. Continue adding bundles (leaving the paddle wire uncut), varying them if you are using multiple varieties. As you work your way around the oval, make sure none of the paddle wire or frame is visible.
  7. Once you get to your last bundle, secure it tight and cut the paddle wire.When the greenery is to the length of your liking, check for any gaps and adjust as needed. Depending how wild you want your wreath to look, you can prune any excess stems or foliage.
  8. For the finishing touch, wrap yarn around the remaining wreath frame. Start by adding a small patch of glue onto your wreath (on the last bundle ends) and wrap the yarn around it very tightly until you cover the remaining wire. Try to keep the yarn or twine really tight as you wrap, adding a dab of glue every so often to keep it secure. Try to keep a short distance between your wreath and yarn so you don’t get any accidental tangles.
  9. Hang your completed wreath with ribbon, twine, or yarn. Keep in mind that the wreath is delicate, so make sure it’s carefully secured.

These wreaths will stay fresh for about a week, but it will slowly dry and last one to two months as a dried wreath. You can change out the greens as the holiday nears to keep the wreath looking fresh!

Addition Tips

  • Buy or harvest the greenery as close to when you plan to use it as possible.
  • Soak your greens in a bath with cold water for about 24 hours before using them.Trim the end off each bough in the water (cut on a 45-degree angle). By soaking the boughs prior to arranging, the branches will drink the water and help prevent the needles from falling off too quickly. Just before use, shake the boughs dry.
  • To keep your wreath looking beautiful longer, keep it away from fireplaces and heating vents. If possible, also keep wreath out of direct sunlight.
  • Mist the wreath every couple of days to keep your greenery fresh.
  • If you have children or pets, be sure to not use poisonous berries such as holly or mistletoe.

As seen in Dote Magazine Issue 5 // Written by Rebecca Bruhjell // Photographed by Sarah Vaughan