Making a fresh Christmas wreath is one of my absolute favorite holiday crafts! It’s easy, quick, fun, cheap, and really hard to screw up. Everyone should try this at least once. Every time I look at mine I get a secret thrill knowing that I made that. I also enjoy knowing that it is one of a kind and no ones in the neighborhood will even come close to my kick ass wreath!
Yesterday I went up to visit Sista for some girl time crafting. This was her first wreath and my second. I brought the branches and supplies, she took care of the food and drinks.
Caramel Apple Sangria… yummy!
Generally the idea is that you would use the trimmed branches from your Christmas tree to make your wreath. Due to time constraints of the holidays (every weekend is booked already!) I chose to pilfer some pretty branches from my local woods. I got two different kinds, spruce and a young douglas fir. I chose to use the spruce which was spiky but had a really nice silvery two toned color to the needles. Sista used the doug fir which was softer and bright green. Make sure you choose fresh healthy looking branches.
- 3-5 evergreen branches
- 16 inch wreath ring
- Glue gun
- Strong/sturdy scissors
- wreath bling – ribbon, pine cones, sparklies, whatever you like.
Think about what kind of theme you want to go for. I knew I wanted a silver snowy look so I chose speckled holly, white sparkly branches, and silver pine branches.
Sista used gold and red sparkly branches to highlight hers. About this time of year the craft stores will have everything you could possibly want for your perfect wreath.
Here’s the one I made for my dear friend Mrs. Stout. She likes candy canes, can you tell?
I actually ended up making another one for a friend recently in a candy cane theme. I think the lighting and the pictures are better so I swapped them out in the instructions 🙂
Cut all the branches into roughly 4-6 inch pieces. You want single twigs and groups of 2 and 3 twigs together.
Cut a bunch of 6-8 inch strands of wire. I usually make about 10 at a time.
Pick out 3-5 twigs of various sizes. Put them in a bunch connected at the bottom. Make sure all of your needle are facing good side up!
Take a strand of wire, wrap around the bottom, and twist to secure.
You want to make about 20 of these bunches with just branches and another 20 with the bling that is small enough to incorporate into the bunches. The bigger stuff can be attached later.
Patience is key, Sista! Don’t get mad!
Once those are done, grab your wreath ring, tie and secure your wire spool to the ring.
Choose one bunch and two twig or twig bunches to start with.
Place the bunch in the center groove and the twigs in the side groove.
Wrap around the entire ring several times with wire.
Repeat this alternating between bling bunches and plain bunches until you fill up the wreath.
Looking good Sista!!
If you have larger pieces, like my big white twigs, now you can stick them through. Use the glue gun to secure in the back.
I also like to dab my glue gun here and there along the back for extra security. Our neck of the woods typically gets a lot of wind and since the wreath is going outside, this helps me sleep at night.
Wreaths will last up to 2 months. If you live in a drier area, use a spray bottle to water your wreath occasionally. Did you know, that needles absorb water just like roots! Cool right? Since Washington is a fairly moist region, my wreath last year didn’t need any help during the season, it was happy all on it’s own.
After the holidays:
Take apart your wreath. Cut the wire in the back to remove all the twigs and bunches. You can save and use the wreath ring again and again. Carefully remove your bling and put it in a plastic baggy to store with your holiday decor for next year.
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