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Fresh winter wreath 

Fresh winter wreath 

I know it’s not Even December yet but I just couldn’t contain myself any longer. Christmas is almost here!!! I don’t even know how to put into words how much I adore this holiday. Like EVERYTHING about it makes me happy. The decorations, the lights, the treats, the smells, the decor, the presents, the trees, the time with family, the treats(I know, I know), even the Christmas carols. It just makes me smile, all of it. I feel lighter and like a kid again. And now that I have kids of my own I get to see it all through their eyes, which is just the best!

I have started decorating, because I think the glittering, twinkling beauty of Christmas is my favourite part. My project today is the wreath for my front door(and one for a very sweet friend). If you’ve ever wondered how we florists make these, it’s actually a very simple project. A bit time consuming, and maybe a bit messy, but isn’t that true of the best crafting projects?

And yes I realize you can easily buy yourself a ready made wreath but what’s the fun in that? Not only will your handmade wreath be fuller and more beautiful, but it will fill you with a wonderful sense of accomplishment. (Plus if you take your clippers on a walk and go foraging you can do it fairly inexpensively).

Assuming I have convinced you to give it a go, here’s what you’ll need:

– a wire wreath frame – check your local florist, craft store or https://www.walmart.ca/search/wire%20wreath%20frame

– paddle wire

-an assortment of winter greens(I’m using douglas fir, cedar, cinerea eucalyptus, boxwood and magnolia)

-decorations of your choosing(berries, pine cones, ornaments, ribbon)

– clippers, wire cutters and gloves(it’s a messy job)

 

Here we go!

1. I like to gather all my supplies and trim my greens into the size I will be needing. Aim for about 5-6 inches long with just a bit of a stem.

2. We’re just going to stuff the wreath with cedar. There’s  normally some pieces on the bottom of the branches that aren’t very pretty, so trim them off and we’ll use these.  Attach your paddle wire to the frame by tying it and wrapping it around a few times. Place the cedar in the frame, and tightly wrap the wire around the entire thing. Continue with more cedar until the whole frame is filled. Wrap the wire around the frame a few times, and snip it off.

3. Now flip er over and lets start. Reattach your paddle wire to the frame. Gather a few of the precut pieces into a little bundle, fanning them out as you go. It should look like this…

4. Place it on the wreath frame and secure it by wrapping the wire around the stems and wreath a few times (leave the whole paddle of wire attached, we’ll just keep wrapping.) Make sure you get it nice and tight. Place the second bundle so it covers the stems of the first, and wrap the wire around again a few times.

5. Pause and check to see if kid and dog are doing their job of trashing the living room.

Oh good. Their game is on point today.

6.  Continue on in this manner until the whole frame is covered. When you get to the end, lift your first bundle and tuck the stems of the last bundle underneath before wiring them on. Secure your wire to the frame and snip it off.

7. You can call it quits and keep your wreath natural or you can add whatever decorations you like. Berries, pine cones, ornaments, etc. Just attach a bit of wire to them, poke them through the greens and wire them onto the frame. Voila! You’re done!

 

This bad boy will hang out outside and be perfectly happy all winter as long as he’s kept cold(which in Canada is not normally a problem). Please let me know if you give it a try!



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