Last year's Green Wreath Roundup by Rachel showed off wreaths made from recycled cardboard, LED lights, buttons, succulents and even zip-ties. Here are a few more ideas and tips to completing a successful wreath project.
Wreaths can be made from almost anything and used for just about any season. Pumpkins make a lovely color display for Fall, while switching to pine cones yields a better winter display. Taking as little as 30 minutes to an hour, and with the help of some basic materials, you can make unique and personalized wreaths that will last months at a time. Wreaths can be hung on doors, attached to gates or over doorways, placed in windows, or hung on the backs of chairs.
The Oregonian has put together a great list of materials — some traditional and some more creative— for creating wreaths.
Some of their ideas include:
- Prunings from trees and shrubs, even ornamental grasses, can be twisted into wreaths. Freshly cut twigs are easily bent and formed into various sizes — leave on any leaves or berries — and add a ribbon or leave plain.
- Chile wreath: Using any size or color, hot glue the underside of dried peppers and press them onto a straw wreath base. Layer in a sunburst pattern.
- Bark wreath: Bark all by itself can be fashioned into a beauty of a wreath — peeling birch bark is a natural. Inch-wide pieces are easy to hot-glue together. Variations on the theme: Make the wreath six-sided; lightly twine it with variegated ivy; use any kind of wood, even plain bark that can be brushed white with latex paint.
- Grapevine: A grapevine wreath from a craft store is gorgeous enough to hang unadorned. Or tuck in twigs with fresh or faux berries, rose hips or leaves. Polish the look with a ribbon or bow if you like.
- Grass: Cut and coil a thick handful of bronze sedge, tie with a ribbon and in 60 seconds you have a grass wreath. Embellish with oregano, parsley, wheat, lavender and sedum, replacing as needed. For a December makeover, replace herbs with rosemary and sprigs of holly with berries.
Steps to Creating a Wreath:
- Gather your materials. Be creative. In addition to some of the natural materials above, you'll need a hot glue gun, scissors, straight pins, quilting pins, needle and thread, floral wire, ribbon and possibly a wreath form (you can do without this if you'll be weaving twigs or grass to create the frame).
- Create your frame (skip to step 3 if using a form). Using straw, wire, grass, or twigs, begin to weave and intertwine them to create a circle, or the base of your wreath. Using some floral wire if necessary to keep everything together until you've come full circle.
- Cover the form: Lay the form flat on a table and begin attaching your plant material (or whatever it is you're using!) with a hot glue gun, pins, or needle and thread. Extend materials 2 to 3 inches beyond the form and feel free to trim off any stems that stick into the middle.
- Fill the Gaps: Make sure the form is completely covered. Fill in any holes with cones, seed pods, or other material.
- Add a Hanger: Using a wide ribbon or piece of wire, ensure you have a good way to hang the finished product.
Photo Credits: First Four Wreaths (clockwise from upper left) via Flickr photo stream's TheDaisyChick, PaperLadyInvites, Craftapalooza and MyTangerineDreams; Second photo via Craftapalooza; Third Photo via MeandtheSysop.