How to Make a Christmas Wreath

Make a Christmas wreath with materials from your own backyard.

| Winter 2015

  • Christmas Wreath
    Make a classic country Christmas wreath with material from your property.
    Photo by Kellsey Trimble

  • Christmas Wreath

I like to use natural materials when I can find them. For this wreath, I chose cedar branches because cedar is in abundance where I live, and I added juniper berries for a nice touch. As an added bonus, using real cedar or pine branches will make your wreath and front entrance smell wonderful.

Before you get started, you’ll want to grab a pair of gardening gloves because the materials can be prickly.

Materials List

• 10 to 15 cedar, fir or pine branches, 2 to 3 feet long
• Wire cutters
• Floral wire
• Needle-nose pliers
• Several shorter cedar, fir or pine branches, 6 to 12 inches long
• Burlap ribbon
• Safety pins
• Colored ribbon
• Pinecones
• Twine
• Bells or other ornaments

Instructions

1. Start with your longest branches, and lay them out on a work surface, forming a circle about 3 feet in diameter. Using wire cutters, cut several pieces of floral wire about 4 inches long. Take your wire pieces and begin wrapping the branches tightly every 3 inches or so, wrapping only the woody stems, leaving as much of the foliage out to give the wreath more volume. Using a pair of needle-nose pliers, twist the wire ends together at the back of the wreath so it can’t be seen when you are looking at it from the front. Continue wrapping the branches, cutting more pieces of floral wire as needed.



2. Once you have the long branches arranged and fastened together in a neat circle, take the shorter branches and begin filling in the sparse or bare areas of your wreath. Use floral wire to connect the shorter foliage, and tuck in any strays.

3. When you’re finished arranging the branches how you like them, it might make it easier to work on your wreath with it hanging up. You can either hang it from a hook or make a loop out of floral wire to hang on a nail.






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