Wreath Making 101
Express your creativity by making you own wreath. I've been doing it for years. Here are some of my creations to inspire and to help you come up with your own hand made wreaths.
There's no need to buy an expensive wreath when you can make your own using garden greenery, a wire coat hanger, or if you want to go all out - a vine wreath.
Use hand pruners to cut evergreen branches from pines, spruce, yews, cedars, evergreen magnolias, English ivy, Japanese spurge. Look around the garden for hydrangea flowers, pine cones, berries, funky seed heads and anything else that's looking good. Need more? Visit your local garden centre for festive branches. Spray paint works wonders to add some glitz. Although gold and silver paint are popular, consider black, white, purple paint or even different shades of green.
Gather scissors, ribbon, wire cutters, a glue gun with glue sticks and thin wire. I like paddle wire as you can easily wrap it around the greenery. A finger bowl full of icy water is an essential tool when using a hot glue gun. It quickly cools off burned fingers and reduces the subsequent cursing that follows. Although wreath making is a fun and easy craft, it is messy so I suggest doing this outside, in the garage or car port.
What You Need
Wire Wreath #1
Wire Coat Hanger Wreath: Bend the hanger into a circle or a square. Attach the evergreen branches by wrapping the wire around both the hanger and the stems. Completely cover the coat hanger so it is not visible.
WIRE WREATH #2
WIRE WREATH #3
Vine Wreath #1
Vine Wreaths: Vine wreaths don't need much adornment as they are attractive in their own right, especially when compared to a wire coat hanger! It's easy to add the greenery; just tuck sprigs inbetween the intertwined woody vine stems or feel free to use a glue gun.