How to Make a Wreath
Make good use of all the lovely evergreens, colorful stems and plants with berries this winter and make a wreath to grace your front door. Wreaths make lovely gifts and holiday decorations and are easy to make at home.
- 1 wire coat hanger
- Florist or bendable wire
- Pair of pliers
- Pair of scissors
- Pair of handheld pruners
- Boughs from fallen evergreen trees (cedar, pine, fir, Douglas fir, etc)
- Other decorations: Bow or ribbon, colorful deciduous twigs, sprigs of berries (winterberry, holly), pine cones
- Use pliers and/or 5-gallon bucket (as a mold) to shape the open, triangular part of the coat hanger. Refrain from untwisting the hook, as you will use it to hang the finished wreath.
- Collect your boughs and prune to approximately 12″ in length. Use handheld pruners or loppers to remove wood of branches wider than 1/2″ diameter.
- Bundle some greens and wrap the ends thoroughly with floral wire.
- Lay the wire-wrapped end along the wire rim of the coat hanger circle. Thoroughly bind the bough bundle to the hanger wire with floral wire.
- Continue to wrap the floral wire around the bundle and coat hanger. As you wrap down the branch, add more boughs or berries.
- Keep adding boughs and wrapping with wire until you fill the entire coat hanger wire circle.
- When finished, add a bow or additional decorations as desired.
- Hang from coat hanger hook on your door. Enjoy!