Another day, another craft here at the farmhouse life, and today we’re making fresh DIY Christmas wreaths! I absolutely love decorating for the Christmas holiday, but the budget can quickly get out of control! Especially considering all the gift-buying this holiday season, it’s nice to be able to cut some costs and make your own wreaths for your doors, windows, and mantels.
For this DIY wreath making tutorial, you’ll need a pair of floral sheers, some floral wire, and some hoops. You’ll also need fresh greenery! To hang the wreaths you’ll need ribbon, a hammer, and small nails.
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 as smaller needles will do.
You can certainly use the boughs from your Christmas tree, but remember that they won’t last quite as long. And they will shed a lot!
With white pine, there are several bunches of greenery on each branch. I like to start by cutting off all the greenery and then bunching them up in my hand by the stems. Then I’ll place them on the hoop.
Next, wrap your wire around the greenery’s stems and the hoop to secure it. Make sure not to trim the wire after a couple of 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 throughout 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. I use ribbon looped around each wreath and then use a nail and attach it to 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… and imperfect! This just adds to the fact that they’re fresh… and not faux.