Directions on Making Wreaths

Overview

Use wreaths to add a natural touch to both interior and exterior walls. While wreaths are often associated with winter holiday décor, floral wreaths can be made to reflect any season or to add year-round color. Wreaths generally consist of a base that is decorated with either real or artificial floral components. They may also feature other decorative ornaments and elements if desired. Use fresh greenery for a short-lived seasonal wreath or use dried or artificial greenery for a longer lasting wreath.

Step 1

Lay a wreath base flat on your work surface and determine which part of the base is the top. Foam, artificial evergreen and straw bases are perfect circles, while grapevine and real evergreen bases may be wider on one side. Use the wider side as the bottom of the wreath in these cases.

Step 2

Cut a 10-inch length of 21-gauge wire. Wrap the wire around the top of the wreath then twist the ends together to form a hanging loop. Position the loop so it is on the back of the wreath.

Step 3

Gather the artificial or real plant materials and embellishments for the wreath. Lay the materials on top the wreath, arranging them until you are satisfied with the layout. Gather enough material to cover the front, sides and inside of the circle completely, especially when using foam bases that must be completely covered.

Step 4

Attach dried and artificial greenery and embellishments to the wreath with hot glue. Begin on the sides and work inward around the circle, ensuring the plant materials are evenly distributed.

Step 5

Bundle the stems of three small flowers or bits of foliage together. Lay the stems parallel to a wooden floral pick. Wrap the wire that is attached to the pick around the bundle of greenery, attaching the greenery to the pick. Insert the pick into the base to secure the greenery. Use hot glue to help hold the pick in place on grapevine bases.

Step 6

Hang the wreath on the wall or door and survey it from 10 feet away. Look for bare areas or areas in the design that appear off-balance. Take the wreath down and add or remove plant material as needed to complete the wreath.

Things You'll Need

  • Wreath base
  • Wire
  • Plant material
  • Embellishments
  • Hot glue
  • Floral picks

References

  • Clemson Cooperative Extension: Making Wreaths
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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.