Welcome Christmas with a Homemade Wreath!
Nothing says Welcome Christmas like a beautiful homemade wreath made with fresh greens! Believe it or not, this is a really easy and inexpensive project you can do yourself! I’ve been making Christmas wreaths and garland with my family just about as long as I remember, so I mean since I was like 3 or 4! We would gather with our church every year to make 20 feet of garland for the front and wreaths for the doors and windows. It was a wonderful community project and one I am so proud to continue all these years later in my own home. Everyone can help gather the greens and create these beautiful holiday decorations!
Here’s what you need:
GREENS! Mountain Laurel works really well and is what I grew up learning to make. It will hold up for about a month inside or outside! If you are lucky enough to have some in your own yard, it’s a great way to trim it before winter and use the clippings! If you do not have access to Mountain Laurel, then boxwood, magnolia, holly, cypress, pine, and/or any kind of evergreen will also work best used for outdoor wreaths. Please note that Pine will not last as long and some types of evergreen will brown more quickly. If you do not have access to any free greens, you can purchase a couple of bundles of from Home Depot or your local nursery. Mixing and matching greens gives the wreath a really rich, beautiful look. Stay tuned all season for pictures of various mixed wreaths!
TIP: Don’t forget to check with the associates at your local Home Improvement store or nursery, often times they will have tree scraps that you can have for free!
A coat hanger
Ribbon (Indoor/Outdoor), twine, burlap or whatever you would like to use for your bow
Accents (optional) ornaments, berries, pine cones, etc.
Here’s what you do:
- Bend the Coat hanger into a circle. Make the Hook the top of your wreath so you can use this as the hanger.
- Break the greens into little bunches, approximately 6” long and 1” wide
- Place the little bundle on the hanger and wrap the wire around it tightly a few times and leave it out to the side to place the next bundle a bit lower and on top of the first bundle.
- Continue this all the way along the hanger making sure to pull the wire tight. You might want to wear gloves for this to get the wire nice and tight.
- When you get to the end, place a bundle going in the opposite direction to fill any gap and then this will be the best place for your bow. You can add in other accent greens here too (see the hemlock in the photo.) Be mindful of whether you want a bow right on top or off to the side, even on the bottom and this should be your beginning and ending spot.
- Make your bow and wire that onto the wreath. Tie off the end of the wire. I wind it around itself several times to make sure it is tight.
- Fix your bow to your own taste and there you have it: Your own beautiful homemade wreath!
- Tie in berries, ornaments, or accents as desired.