Making a Christmas wreath from scratch will allow you to personalize your wreath with your choice of branches and decorations. Wreaths made of fresh cut greenery create a warm and inviting scent for the holidays, and they can be hung on the outside of your front door or inside of your home. You can find your greenery in the wild, or purchase it at a local Christmas tree stand. The whole family can be involved in the planning, creating and decorating the Christmas wreath.
Things You'll Need
- Garden gloves
- Fresh greenery
- Garden shears
- Floral wire
- Wire cutter
- Wire wreath form
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
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Place your garden gloves on your hands. Cut the fresh greenery into 8-inch pieces using the garden shears. Fresh greenery which can be used include spruce, Douglas fir, pine or holly branches.
Cut 25, 18-inch pieces of floral wire using the wire cutter.
Make a grouping of three greenery branches, overlapping them together facing in the same direction, and place the grouping on the wire wreath form. The branches should flow around to keep with the shape of the rounded wreath form. Make enough groupings to cover the size of your wreath form.
Take an 18-inch piece of floral wire and wrap the wire around the grouping several times, wrapping around the lower part of the stems to secure. When finished wrapping, twist the two ends of the wire together about three times to tighten and secure the wire. Repeat this step to attach all of the elements to the wire wreath form, overlapping to fill in the form.
Attach decorations such as pine cones or berries to the wreath by adding a drop of hot glue to the decoration and attaching it to the branches and wire frame.
Cut an 8-inch piece of floral wire with the wire cutter to create the wreath hanger. Bend the wire in half and place the wire around the top back of the wire wreath form. Twist the wire three times flush with the form, and then twist the two ends of the wire together three times to create a loop.