Each year, I make my own Christmas wreath, either professionally as I have done through the years, or at home from conifers I have growing in my garden.
To see wreaths I have made professionally, see Wreath Making Fun at the Farm.
It gives you the step by step way a wreath you might buy is constructed. You can take the ideas and ways to construct your own wreath from the text and photos.
A professional wreath layering Grand Fir over Frasier Fir, then adding white pine sprigs for texture is shown above. To see the steps how to do this, see Wreath Making Fun at the Farm.
The artificial wreath I use as a base in today’s wreath is done the exact same way, except the live cuttings are wired in, not clamped. I usually make my wreaths from a variety of greens to add texture and interest. Using a fake wreath as a base, lowers the amount of real greens necessary to make a full and thick wreath. If you don’t have conifers in your garden, places selling Christmas trees also sell loose greens for a few bucks.
The one I made this year is a time saver, really simple and inexpensive to construct. You start with a simple purchased wreath that most people buy to decorate and hang outside. I kick it up a notch where the artificial wreath is not seen by wiring real greens to the artificial wreath.
I use the wreath itself, each wired, needled branch on the wreath to fasten in each live greens cutting. It is that simple as walking in your backyard. Just lay each live green over the last, tightly twist the fake branch around the real one until the artificial wreath disappears.
In today’s wreath, I went out into the garden and cut Spartan Juniper and Arborvitae cuttings, just as I would at the farm for a specialty wreath. I also have boxwood that makes a beautiful addition. When the base wreath was finished, the decoration and bow was added, again by wiring them in.
The decoration was artificial berries and live Bay leaves. If you use fresh berries, some varieties will eventually start to rot and smell. The Bay dries nicely. You can add dried flowers like Hydrangea or Stock, or add dried fruit for a very fragrant wreath. The possibilities are endless and way more interesting than plain old pine cones on an ordinary spruce or fir wreath.
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