It’s my favorite day of the week! DIY Friday! And this week we’re making fresh Christmas wreaths! I absolutely love decorating for Chrismas, but this budget can quickly get out of control! (Check out my latest blog post on decorating your Christmas mantel Here!) Especially considering all the gift buying this season, it’s nice to be able to cut some costs and make your own wreaths for your doors, windows, and mantels.
You’ll need the floral wire to wrap your greens to your hoop, and your floral sheers to trim your boughs to size. Also, twine to hang your wreaths on your doors, windows etc.
And the most important supply is the hoop for the base of your wreath!
There are so many to choose from, but my favorite are these wooden embroidery hoops. I think the greenery just stays attached better with the floral wire compared to some of the others hoops that are stirafoam or plastic.
When choosing greenery for hanging wreaths I prefer white pine. I love the way it hangs from the hoops and when the needles eventually dry out they don’t fall and shed like smaller needles will do.
You can certainly use the boughs from your Christmas tree, but remember that they won’t last quite as long.
Use your sheers to trim and size your greenery and gather a clump to rest on the hoop.
Next, wrap your wire around the greenery and the hoop to secure. Make sure not to trim the wire after a couple loops. It’s important to keep your wire attached to the holder until the very end. This makes the process go much faster.
Finally, just layer and wrap your bunches on top of the branches of the previous bundle. This process goes quite quickly.
You’ll notice your wreath starting to fill out. Try and keep the same size bundles of greenery thoughout to make sure your wreath balances out evenly at the end. This process is very similar to the DIY Garland making we did last week… check it out if you missed it!
I Like to hang my wreaths on all the windows in my main floor rooms, so I use the twine to tie around the wreath and then attach to a tiny nail on my window trim.
With white pine, you’ll notice it isn’t going to fall perfectly… But I think there’s beauty in bringing in natural elements from outside. They’re beautiful and raw… imperfect! This just adds to the fact that they’re fresh.. and not faux.