Saturday, November 28, 2015

How to Make an Evergreen Wreath



Since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I'd share with you how to make an evergreen wreath.  It's not that difficult, and the beauty and smell of them are so nice for the holidays.

1.  Pick your evergreens.  They can be collected from your yard or purchased.  Using all of the same kind gives a formal look.  Different kinds can give it more texture.  Some kinds of evergreens to consider are fir, juniper, and arborvitae.

2.  Soak your evergreens.  Cut off the bottom of each branch at an angle and soak for 24 hours in a bucket of water.  This will make the wreath last longer.

3.  Gather materials:  a wreath form, florist wire, evergreen branches, pruning sheers, and decorations like ribbons and bows.

4.  Trim evergreen branches into small, easy to work with pieces.

5.  Lay the form on a flat surface, concave side facing up to hold the evergreens.

6.  Lay a piece of evergreen on the form and loop wire around the woody stem, and then loop around the wreath form to attach.

7.  Overlap with another of the same kind of evergreen, facing the same direction and attach the same way.

8.  After your base is done, you can add other types of evergreens and decorations, such as pinecones, berries, and ribbon.

It's a good idea to make your wreath about a week before Christmas so it looks nice for the holiday.

14 comments:

  1. Great tips for a wreath that will scent the house! I've also made twig wreaths and a couple of faux evergreen wreaths. I supply my own ribbon and look for unique objects to glue in between the ribbon wrapping. Nice of you to share your process.

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    1. I think Christmas wreaths are so pretty!

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  2. Hi human, Sherry,

    What super instructions for the making of a wreath. I shall bookmark your pawst and show my human, Gary. He needs to get into the Christmas spirit and this would be a nice touch.

    Thank you and I hope you had a real nice Thanksgiving, American style!

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

    Penny xx

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    1. Thank you, Penny. I wish your human much success in creating a wreath!

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  3. Hi Sherry - I love the smell of fresh leaves in the home - be they wreaths, or just branches of ivy, fir etc ... and then the fresh Christmas tree ... thank you for sharing how it's done ... Hilary

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  4. I think that's why we have a fake one, even though it would be nice to smell the pine.

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    1. Fake ones are easy to put up and take down, but the fragrance of the evergreens makes it definitely worth the effort to make your own.

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  5. I do love the smell of evergreen, but I end up with a rash if I brush against it too much. We go fake and it does the job. Glad you have the spirit

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    1. I'm allergic to pine, so I have to be careful, too.

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  6. Hi Sherry. Do you think I should make an evergreen Star of David for my house?
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    1. That would be interesting. Give it a try and see how it works out. :)

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  7. I've never tried to make anything like this because I always think I'll mess up horribly. Your directions make it seem easy though. I'm not sure where to get the materials around here though.

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    1. Craft stores and nurseries often have the materials you would need.

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