I’m all about easy crafts this time of year. I love creating and crafting but just don’t have a lot of time these days.
Here’s an easy wreath DIY using fresh clippings for a natural wintertime look.
You have two options here: make the wreath background with evergreen trimmings, or buy a pre-made fresh evergreen wreath. I’ve done both, and both work equally well – it just depends on how much time you have on your hands.
In this example, I started with a pre-made wreath from our local tree lot, but you can also use a wreath frame and extra branches from your Christmas tree or tree lot (they often will give you them for free!).
Next, I added holly branches I clipped from our holly tree outside our house. You can also use eucalyptus, small branches, or other dried or fresh branches and clippings you have around your area.
I finish the wreath with a bit of decorative ribbon. Here, I found the perfect ribbon in my ribbon box – does anyone else save little bits of ribbon from packages and gifts to use again? I love shopping from my own stash of supplies!
This wreath took me around 30 minutes start to finish. That’s including gathering my supplies, clipping branches, and putting the whole look together. Using a pre-made wreath saved me time, but if you start with just the wreath frame, I’d say it would take another 15-30 minutes depending on how cooperative those evergreens are.
Supplies You Need:
- Wreath frame (I typically use a wire one)
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Garden shears
- Garden gloves (protect those hands from prickles!)
- Decorative ribbon
- Fresh branches of evergreen, holly, etc.
- 1. If starting without a pre- made wreath (for pre-made, skip down to step 4), set your wreath frame on a flat surface
- 2. Beginning with one evergreen branch, cover the frame, bending the branch down to fit the shape of the frame, and securing with floral wire as you go.
- 3. Continue adding evergreen branches and securing with wire until the frame is covered.
- 4. Strip the leaves from the bottom few inches of holly branch (wear gloves!).
- 5. Add holly branches between branches of evergreen, alternating the top (shiny) side of holly leaves with the reverse bottom (matte) side of leaves.
- 6. Secure with floral wire if you wish, but you can also push the holly branches in so they are held tightly by the evergreen branches.
- 7. Add decorative ribbon.
- 8. Hang, and enjoy!
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