Welcome to part 3 of our Holiday Entertaining Series! I'm going to share with you a great spin on the traditional holiday wreath. If you're anything like me you love having fresh flowers indoors when you're having guests over, and the holidays are the perfect time to try making this easy and approachable style of wreath before hosting. It's a great alternative to a floral centerpiece and it also has a longer life span. There's no "right" or "wrong" way to design this, and it's a great afternoon project that even the kids can join in on making. The best part is your house will smell like wonderful eucalyptus for days!
We spent an afternoon with Anne Marie Moran Photography building these beauties, listening to Bing Crosby croon holiday tunes and sipping tea and cocoa. The best part about projects like these is that everyone starts out with the same ingredients, but the end products are always unique and different. See below for instructions on how to create your own metal wreath and we hope we've inspired you to bring the holidays into your home!
Step 1: The Ingredients
- Select a variety of greens: For this we used Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Seeded Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Pods, Salal and Cedar. All of these varieties dry well and don't shed badly.
- Tools: Floral snips, copper wire and green floral tape.
- 12" brass wreath form
- Ribbon of your choice
Step Two: Prep Your Greens
Prep your greens by cutting them into smaller pieces. You'll use these to build your individual bunches that you'll be adding in pieces to construct the wreath. I like to separate my greens into piles to they are easy to grab.
Step 3: Begin Building Your Wreath
To begin building your wreath you'll create your first greens bundle. Secure the bundle with tape. You'll create each individual bundle this way before you place it on the wreath.
Next, attach your first bundle to the wreath form with the green floral tape. Because the metal is so slippery, if you are a beginner you may opt to only use floral tape for the entire process. This depends on how thick or delicate you want to make your greens bundles. If you're comfortable with wiring, you can begin to use the copper wire to secure your bundles to the wreath after your first greens are placed with floral tape.
Continue to add your wreath bundles to the wreath. There is no wrong or right way to do this, but I recommend criss crossing your bundles so that your wreath is even and full. I opted for a thicker style wreath, while Anne Marie's wreath came out more delicate with thinner greens. Both are equally as beautiful and I love how unique these both turned out! We finished our wreaths off with crimson silk ribbon bows to add a festive touch.
Again, these are an extremely simple and fun way to bring fresh greenery into your home and dress it up for the holidays! All of these supplies can be found at your local craft store and local wholesale floral shop. To keep your wreath looking fresh, take it down and spray the greens with water (be careful not to drench your ribbon). Let it dry and then hang again to enjoy for more days to come!
Photos - Anne Marie Moran Photography