Before the Christmas season arrives our family talks about whether or not we want to draw names again this year. Typically each year our family buys or makes one gift for another member of our family. I love the tradition because I feel that it keeps all of us connected in some way. Although gift giving can be quite burdensome and some family members understandably opt out of the drawing, I am always eager to hear who I’ve got for Christmas!
This years theme was H A N D M A D E, meaning that the item you gave had to either be made by you or someone else. I wanted to share with you my journey of making a winter wreath. It is a great DIY project for the holidays and a wonderful gift for homemakers.
- Floral wire and wire cutters
- Pruning shears
- Sticks and branches which must be pliable
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- Using pruning shears cut and collect sticks/branches you’d like to use for the base of your wreath.
- Put together your sticks and branches into an oval or circular shape using your wire and wire cutters.
- Start by layering your sticks and wiring them together.
- First create a long, connected line of branches. Then manipulate them into forming a circle or oval for your wreath base. You most likely will have to add more twigs once you’ve formed your circular base.
- Gather your greenery and stage it around your wreath base.
- Depending on the greenery you chose you want to consider how long it can last before it will turn color or wilt.
- Go back and glue in your greenery.
- You may also want to use floral wire to secure certain pieces in.
- Put the glue on the stem of the greenery and then slide the stem into your wreath base. The glue will dry holding it into the wreath base.
- Add a wire or burlap loop to the back of your wreath base so that you or your client can hang the wreath up.
What branches work best when making the wreath base: In winter, fruit trees have greener branches that grow straight up. These branches bend well and do not break easy. Today I used branches from a pear tree.
What greenery did you chose to use: I love the simplicity of Douglas Fir. I used that as my main greenery and then threw in some leaves from a shrub that I believe is called a Fire-thorn. The berries on this shrub were beautiful however I chose not to use them.
If you would like to know anything else specific please leave a comment below! I hope the holidays bring you to many wonderful DIY projects.
For more wreath resources I really found aliceandlois.com inspiring!