Last year I shared with you how my mother-in-law taught me how to make an evergreen wreath. This year we gathered with the whole family (my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, too!) to make them again. We started our outing at our land to gather the evergreen boughs, and after a long (and somewhat wet!) hike we finally found the perfect branches. After lunch we had a wonderful time creating our wreaths, and then going through the bags of flowers and pinecones that my mother-in-law has kept for just this purpose in order to decorate them.
Creating an evergreen wreath is super easy and fun! Here’s how:
1. Gather a bucket of fresh evergreen boughs. We found fir trees to work best for this because their needles lie flat and aren’t prickly. I think other branches would work, but you might want to wear gloves to keep from getting poked by the needles.
2. Find or make a wire wreath frame. You could make one out of a wire coat hanger, and the bonus is you will already have a hook for hanging! You will also need some florist wire.
3. Cut your boughs into lengths about as long as your hand.
4. Gather these “hands” into a group of three or four (depending on how full your boughs are).
5. Secure your wire to the wreath frame. Wire the greens onto the front of your wreath frame by wrapping the wire around the wreath and greenery several times.
6. Gather another group of “hands” and wire them to the back of your wreath frame, a small distance away from the group you just wired to the front.
7. Continue to wire groups of branches alternately to the front and back until your whole wreath is covered.
8. Twist the end of the wire to secure, and cut it off. If you need a hanger, twist the wire into a hanging loop before cutting.
9. You now have a beautiful evergreen wreath! If the shape is a little wild, trim the boughs until you are happy with it.
10. Decorate as you wish! When I purchased wreaths in years past I only ever decorated them with a long velvet bow that I reused year after year. I can’t resist my mother-in-law’s collection of decorations though, and love the way the flowers and pinecones look on the greenery. These are attached with a glue gun, and they pull easily off the wreath at the end of the season to reuse next year.
Happy wreath making!