’Tis the season of giving, and while most people think to head to the malls, and fill the space under their christmas tree with presents galore, (which let’s face it, unwrapping things is quite exciting), it’s important to think of gifts that go beyond a box and ribbon. Instead of gifting some of my girlfriends with a physical present, I decided to invite them over and we spent the night making wreaths, eating cheese, drinking wine, and just catching up! I’m extremely grateful that I’ve been able to surround myself with such genuine, loving people, and spending time with those that truly make your life brighter tops any gift you could give, or ask for. Plus we all got to make something, which is always fun! Check out the step-by-step instructions and photos of my DIY holiday wreath below. You could host your own party for friends as a nice way to stay in touch over the busy season, or there’s no shame in throwing on the Celine Dion christmas album, pouring a nice glass of gamay, and getting crafty solo.
Here’s what you need:
- metal wreath form
- wire cutters
- floral wire
- floral shears (I recently picked these up from Amazon and they cut through stems like butter)
- greenery (for my fellow YYC friends, I grabbed a random mix from Plant, aka the coolest store in Inglewood, and Fleurish Flower Shop, and for those of you who don’t live in Calgary, generally anywhere that sells christmas trees will sell other festive greenery, you can check out your local flower/plant shops, or even go foraging in the woods, or your own backyard!)
- accessories to personalize your wreath ex. bells, small ornaments
- ribbon, twine, or yarn for wrapping and hanging
- hot glue gun
Here’s what you do:
Cut the metal wreath form to create individual rings. You can also leave it as is if you prefer to make a really full wreath.
Start snipping away at your greenery and combine different pieces into small bundles by securing them with floral wire near the base of the bundle. Make sure you leave some room at the bottom so you can easily attach it to the frame.
For a more uniform look, use the same components in each one, or get creative and switch things up from bundle to bundle. You can also vary the length of the bundles – instead of grouping multiple ones together, one of my girlfriends made one long piece and wrapped it around the frame. There is no proper way of assembling this – it’s completely up to you!
Once you have a general arrangement in mind, cut one super long piece of wire which you will use to attach the bundles to your wreath form. Do your best to hide the wire by tucking it behind greenery, and keeping it as close to the frame as possible.
To cover the wreath form you can wrap yarn, twine, or ribbon around the parts that aren’t covered up by the greenery (I just simply knotted and wrapped yarn around mine).
Add any accessories such as bells, ornaments, or velvet ribbon with a glue gun, and you’re done!
And that’s it! A super easy and fun way to add a little holiday to your home. Tag me in your photos on Instagram (@dear.courtney) if you try out this DIY, I’d love to see everyone’s unique take on it!
Until next time,