Dec 20

3 Wreaths to Make for the Holidays

I’ve been busy making lots of wreaths and garlands for my family and friends so I thought I would put up a little wreath 101 post. Here are three types of easy wreaths you can make at home. I am not a trained florist but simple wreaths are something anyone can do. The materials I bought from the flower market in San Francisco but if you don’t live near a flower market (or don’t grow your own) you can order greens like this through the internet or through a local florist. There are so many types of wreaths to make but these are some basic skills and supplies you need to make any type you want.

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WREATH ONE: OLIVE BRANCH WREATH

Materials Needed: Olive Branches, Clipping Shears, Wreath Form, Floral Wire, Wire Cutter, and Ribbon

Step 1: Take each olive branch and cut it up into small workable sections.
Step 2: Gather 3-4 sections of olive branch and hold together at the base.
Step 3: Hold end of sections up to the wreath form  and wrap the base 2-3 times until secure.
Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3 but when attaching the branch sections cover up the exposed wire of the previous sections.
Step 5: Continue until the wreath form is covered. For the last step push aside the branches while wiring on the last section, then pull the branches back into place to cover the wire.
Step 6: After the form is covered tuck and pull the sections on the wreath to make them how you want. Tuck in or clip an unruly branch as desired.
Step 7: Attach a Ribbon.

WREATH TWO: KUMQUAT + BAY LEAF WREATH

Materials Needed: Kumquat Branches, Bay Leaf Branches, Clipping Shears, Wreath Form, Floral Wire

Step 1: Take each Bay Leaf branch and cut it up into small workable sections. Repeat with the Kumquat branches.
Step 2: Gather 2 sections of Bay Leaf and 1 section of Kumquat Branch and hold together at the base.
Step 3: Hold end of sections up to the wreath form  and wrap the base 2-3 times until secure.
Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3 but when attaching the branch sections cover up the exposed wire of the previous sections.
Step 5: Continue until the wreath form is covered. For the last step push aside the branches while wiring on the last section, then pull the branches back into place to cover the wire.
Step 6: After the form is covered tuck and pull the sections on the wreath to make them how you want. Tuck in or clip an unruly branch as desired.

WREATH THREE: BERRY + BAY LEAF WREATH

For this wreath you just attach asome greens to a brass ring but you leave most of the ring exposed. I like using brass macrame rings for this since they are prettier than just a regular wreath form.

Materials Needed: Berry Branches, Bay Leaf Branches, Clipping Shears, Brass Macrame Rings, Floral Wire

Step 1: Take each Bay Leaf branch and cut it up into small workable sections. Repeat with the berry branches.
Step 2: Gather 3 sections of Bay Leaf, hold together at the base.
Step 3: Hold end of sections up to the brass ring  and wrap the base 2-3 times until secure.
Step 4: Place the berry section to cover the wire and wire it on carefully so the wire doesn’t show. You’re done!

All photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

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