Nothing says 'tis the season quite like a fresh holiday wreath hung on a door, above a fireplace, or on a wall. The tradition of Christmas wreaths dates back centuries and has special meaning this time of year: the circular shape represents eternity and the cycle of life, while traditional evergreens symbolize growth and everlasting life. A wreath made of greenery, plants, herbs, succulents, and pine cones will add a dose of fresh, festive cheer to your nest this winter. Deck your halls and welcome guests in style with these 6 easy DIY steps to craft a holiday wreath.
How to Make a Fresh Holiday Wreath
What You Need:
- wire wreath frame
- paddle wire
- wire clippers
- pruning shears
- variety of greens (huckleberry, bay laurel, and cedar)
*Greens can be purchased at Costco or a local flower shop, or even foraged from your own backyard!
- Make a little bundle of greens by cutting down larger branches. The length of the bunch will determine how full or wild your wreath is. Shorter more compact bunches will make a tighter wreath, longer more wild bunches will make a more loose wreath.
- Attach the end of the paddle wire to your wire frame.
- Place a bundle of greens on the hollow side of your wreath frame, then wrap the wire around the base of the greens four or five times until secure.
- Place a second bunch of greens on top of the wire wrapped area until it covers it completely, then wrap the new bunch with wire.
- Continue placing bunches on the frame and wrapping with wire until your whole frame is covered.
- Once you’ve reach the end cut the wire, leaving a little tail to be secured to the wreath frame.
*Fresh wreaths will last best if hung outside, usually 2-3 weeks!
Photos: Becky Kimball Photography