I’m a heartfelt advocate for making things by hand. If you don’t mind a bit of a mess, if you have a little bit more time to invest, and if the resources are readily available, I always say you should try making something at least once. You end up appreciating the fruits of your handiwork so much more than a store-bought version. The result is always far more charming, wonderfully soulful and imperfect. Luckily, the holiday season is upon us, and there are infinite opportunities to stretch your DIY muscles – gifts, food, decor – the world is your oyster. Wreaths are a good start – ridiculously easy to make, inexpensive, and a very fragrant and lovely way to spend an afternoon.
What you’ll need:
– evergreen cuttings of various sizes (I used white pine + cedar)
– heavy-duty scissors or wire cutters
– floral wire
– a wire or wooden hoop
– a lot of patience and a good Christmas playlist (lots of Burl Ives, you know the drill)
1. Trim your cuttings down to manageable bunches.
2. Lay your first cutting onto your hoop, securing it at the base by wrapping it several times with floral wire.
3. Twist the ends of your floral wire to secure, and lay the twist flat against the hoop.
4. Lay your second cutting so that it is overlapping your first, securing it with wire. Continue around the wreath until you’ve reached your desired width!
5. If desired, tame your wild wreath by lightly binding it with twine or ribbon.
6. Spray your completed wreath with an anti-wilting spray (available at most garden stores), hang, and enjoy!