You might have noticed that I pretty much love using fresh greens
for Christmas decorating in my home
For everything from dressing the mantels
You know those unstructured and oh so pretty wreaths
that look like you just walked out into your yard
filled a basket with fresh cedar branches clipped from the trees
and tied them all together?
Okay, well, yes, that is pretty much what I did
but seriously- they are so simple to make.
I just love the look of cedar leaves draping down and that softer shape
that these rustic wreaths have.
With nothing but a ribbon to accent it
they are perfectly charming in their simplicity
and you can make them into any custom size you would like.
If you don't have cedar trees- or are allergic like I am
( yes, I know and yet I do it anyway)
You can use whatever type of fresh green you would like.
An easy place to find some loose branches?
The Christmas tree lots and places like Lowe's where they will trim
the bottoms of the cut Christmas trees and give away the loose branches.
You can use a wire wreath form if you would like-
but I love the loose barely formed look
and the cedar draping down just makes it even better.
Since I only use the branches themselves as the wreath 'form'
that is how this tutorial is based.
What you need:
Fresh branches and small clippings
Start by separating your branches and clippings into large and smaller.
Start by taking the largest of the loose branches
and tie a piece of wire to it to start.
Don't cut the wire- you will want to keep it going as you wind
around and attach each branch.
As you work your way around the wreath and wind the wire-
pull it tight and wind it around a couple of times each time to secure it better.
You can form a circle as you are going and you can also make the wreath totally custom in size.
With each new branch- start tying it about halfway down the previous one and keep going
and then do that again with the next.
Eventually you will reach the first branch and will want to attach to that to form your wreath.
Don't cut the wire yet~
now it's time to fill in the wreath with smaller clippings
and branches to give it a nice fullness.
Simply wrap the wire around each one as you tuck them in.
Once you get the wreath as full as you like
simply clip your wire and twist to secure it.
Then add a pretty ribbon bow
Don't forget to stop by the second homes on the Holiday Housewalk today
you can find the full list over at Jennifer Rizzo
You can find my home sharing some of it's Christmas dress
in my post HERE if you missed it
Happy Tuesday everyone!