How to Make an Evergreen Wreath
Wreaths are easy to make from common greens found in your garden or wooded areas around your neighborhood. They are an excellent way to decorate for the holidays and also make great gifts.
Tools and MaterialsWire Wreath Frame or wire coat hangers
Floral Wire; 24 gauge
Pine Cones or other accents
Gather a large amount of evergreen trimmings from your garden or the woods. Some suggested trimmings are cedar, pine, fir, redwood, juniper, holly and boxwood. Other plants with fruits such as bittersweet or rose hips are also attractive additions to your wreath. The tip s of the branches work best since they are more flexible.
1. Use a wire wreath frame or make your own from one or two wire coat hangers. Form the hangers into the shape of a circle and use the hook to hang your finished wreath. Two hangers will make the wire frame stronger and help to keep the shape better, simply use some of the floral wire to tie the two circles together. Another option would be to use wild grape vines. Gather enough to go around the circumference twice and twist them as you go. Use the floral wire to keep them together. (The circumference of a 24 inch wreath is about 75 inches or a little over 6 feet.)
2. Attach floral wire anywhere along the wire wreath frame. Tie it to the frame at that point and keep unspooling it and wrapping as you go around the frame with the bundles of greens. I usually start at the top.
3. Select several of the garden trimmings and place them together in a bunch with the stems at one end.
4. Place this bundle on top of the frame where the floral wire is connected. Hold the bundle in place and wrap the floral wire around the bundle first to hold the greens together and then wire the bunch to the frame.
5. After the bunch is attached to the frame, move about a third of the way down the bunch and wrap the wire around the bunch and frame again. This helps to keep the bunches from moving around. Extend the wire and add the next bunch of greens.
6. Gather another bundle of foliage and place it under the ends of the previous bunch so that the leaves overlap and cover the stems. Make sure that the stems on both bunches face the same direction.
7. Continue overlapping the bunches of foliage and wiring them to the frame until you complete the circle. Twist the end of the wire onto the frame when you are done and cut the wire.
8. To add pinecones use a new piece of floral wire and twist it around the base of the cone, leaving a piece extending about 8 inches. Tie the wire to one of the bunches on the wreath.
9. Add accent plants like holly, boxwood, or dried flowers to the surface of the wreath in the same manner as the pine cone. Wrap wire around the base of thin stems and tuck them into a bunch of greens to conceal the wire.
10. Wrap four or five loops of wire around the wire frame about 2 inches in diameter. Twist the loop around the wire frame to tighten so the wire forms a loop to hang the finished wreath.
11. Use pruning shears of scissors to trim any loose ends or broken stems.
Tying a Wreath Bow
Many people like to add a bow to their wreaths to make them look more complete. This is also a good choice if you are giving it away as a gift.
1. Cut the ribbon to desired length. A bow with extra-large loops or extra-long tails will require more length. Form ribbon into two equal loops with about 12 inches of ribbon between them.
2. Cross the right loop over the left.
3. Knot the loops by pushing the right loop behind the left, under, and through the hole.
4. Pull knot tight; adjust loops and tails to desired size. Cut the ends on an angle or a notch. Attach the finished bow to the wreath with a small piece of floral wire.