If you have excess branches around your home, such as when you trim the decorative bushes around your house, you don't need to throw the clippings in the garbage. Salvage decorative branches by turning them into festive wreaths to hang during the holidays or throughout the year. You can make a branch wreath using supplies purchased at a craft store.
Things You'll Need
- Florist wire
- Wire cutters
- Needle-nosed pliers
Collect 20 to 30 branches from decorative bushes and trees around your home, such as juniper, lilac or fir. Trim the branches with shears so that each branch is approximately 12 inches long. Discard the cut-off pieces.
Place three branches together with the cut ends facing the same way and wind florist wire around the ends. Keeping the wire attached to the branches, add a few more new branches, placing them a few inches down from the other branches. Wrap more wire around the new branches.
Continue wrapping on new branches until the entire structure measure 24 inches long. Bend the structure over to create a circle and wind the florist wire to connect the ends.
Cut off the florist wire, leaving 4 inches of excess wire hanging free. Bend the excess wire into a loop using needle-nosed pliers and twist the end onto the other wire to secure the loop. This loop will enable you to hang the wreath.
Tips & Warnings
- Glue on other objects to make the wreath even more decorative. For example, adding small pine cones and bows will transform the wreath into one you can hang during the winter holidays, and adding dried leaves and dried orange slices will create a fall-themed wreath.
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