How To Make An Evergreen Wreath 15


Nothing beats the “wow” factor of a handmade wreath or garland during the Christmas holidays.  Best part it is another EASY Christmas craft.  Another plus, it doesn’t cost a lot (Under $5 again) AND didn’t require stealing any of my husband’s precious beer.

First assemble your tools and any helpers.  (Picture me yelling this a faux German accent, because that’s how it sounds in my head)

  1. Christmas Helper: Make sure to have other Christmas projects for the helper to do unless you want pine sap on EVERYTHING
  2. Wire Wreath Form/Frame/Box: If you Google it you’ll find one or they have them at craft stores for less than $5.  Let me give you a tip here; go with the smaller form.  Whichever size you think looks right, go with the smaller one.  Let me repeat: Go Smaller!  Once you put the branches on it ends up being twice the size you expected.  “Granny” and I have created some big, honking wreaths in the past.
  3. Wire: I like a 24 gauge, just make sure it’s thick enough that you can pull it without it breaking but thin enough to wind easily.  I like the green florist wire because If I’m not careful (which I’m not usually) it will blend better.
  4. Greenery: Your choice.  I like to mix mine.  It takes a whole lot less than you would think.  I made a door wreath with three around 3ft long branches.  Cut the branch ends into 6in pieces before you start.  This makes the whole process flow faster.  Pine, ivy, boxwood, magnolia leaves, holly, etc. all work.
  5. Cheap/Old Clippers:  Once you cut the wire and gummy pine trees they’re pretty much done.  I always just use my old garden shears for this project.

Step 1

Take one end of the wire and twist it around the frame to hook it.  No fancy girlscout knot needed,  just make sure that puppy is gonna stay in place.

Step 2

Take a hand full of greenery and bundle it together lay it at a slight diagonal on the wreath form with the cut ends slightly over where you hooked the wire.  Then pull the wire around the frame and bundle a couple of times.  This isn’t rocket-surgery (as we say in this house) just wrap the damn wire as many times as you want.

Man, do I need to put on some lotion and file my nails…

Step 3

Take another bundle of greenery and lay it over-lapping the first.  Continue wrapping with the wire.  DO NOT cut and rehook the wire, it won’t be as tight and it’s a freaking waste of time.  If you keep wrapping you can knock this puppy out in less that 15 minutes (especially if it’s 30 degrees out, like it was the evening I was creating this one).

Step 4

Just keep bundling greenery and wrapping.  Yeah, it really is that easy.When you get all the way back to the beginning just tuck the final bundle under the first one, and then tie the wire to the underside.  Or if your hands are completely numb and have been stabbed by pine needles a million times, just kind of shove the wire in the back of the wreath.  Perhaps, I should add leather gloves to my list of tools.

Not my neatest wreath, but damn it was cold. You bundle in 30 degrees with wind and see how neat your’s turns out.

Viola!  Your finished… In theory.  A plain evergreen circle can be a clean modern decoration.  Especially if you focus on branch lengths being the same, or trim them when completed.  However, I have a little bit of country tackiness in my bones so I have to glitz mine up.   I’ll show you how to create the faux snow tomorrow, it is another heavily modified 50′s recipe.

If anyone actually makes a wreath with this tutorial please let me know. I would love to see any pictures!


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15 thoughts on “How To Make An Evergreen Wreath

  • Reply
    Christina Hoek

    I liked your tutorial – I could understand it. I am gonna try this because I see so many home made wreaths that are lame and horrible – not worth the money. Your picture is georgeous – I wanna do that. Let me know how you make the snow. I’ll send pictures to you when I’m done.

  • Reply
    kathy

    loved your wreath making tutorial and your little helper is beautiful – great blue eyes! I am making wreaths tomorrow with my daughter and this will make it easy for us to have fun. Thanks & Merry Christmas!

  • Reply
    Crickett

    Thank you for this funny and very easy to learn craft. I have been wanting to learn this for a long time. I’m from Iowa and yes I know that 30* stuff here. Arthritic hands just don’t work well so I just put down newspapers and have at it. Your picture is very nice. Thank you again for making my day. Crickett

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      Brianna Post author

      Well the nice thing is you can take your time. Just crimp the wire, rest, and then add some more when your hands feel a bit better.

  • Reply
    Jamie

    Eeee Gads! I searched for the better part of a day ( yesterday to be exact ) for a tutorial on this particular wreath frame and NEVER saw this one come up…not even once! I watched two british ladies drink champagne, smile and act cloyingly as weo teenage girls all the while assembling a masterpiece of a wreath…but not with this particular frame! I watched Jane Cumberbatch(?) make a Rosemary wreath, a lady named Susan decorate a silk wreath and a plethora of other talented ladies decorate, create and embellish varying forms of greenery….but NONE had the tut on this particular frame!

    Ack! I wasted a whole day looking for this tut and here it was….right here….at RMV. I feel like going to the wreath that I finally did fashion and dismantling it and starting over…but I won’t. It was too danged difficult to do from start to finish. Oh, and did I mention that I could have used that all important admonition on using the smallest size frame available BEFORE I purchased the 2 foot by 2 foot frame?????!!!
    All in all it DID turn out but would have helped to have used this tutorial. It is the BEST!

    Would send pics but do not not know how to post to your site. At least you could see how it turned out using the same type of frame.
    Keep up the great work here at RMV. It is invaluable info!

  • Reply
    Amy

    This is a project I have always wanted to try. I love boxwood wreaths. Maybe I will try that…Hey your neighbor has some HUGE boxwoods…