Handsome Homemade Wreaths
It all started with a big disappointment. I signed up for a wreath-making class and it was cancelled. Now what was I gonna do? Make my own wreath in my own rustic way?
Then came Jeannine. She used to teach wreath making but now works full-time as a gardener so has no time to teach. Instead, she asked me and then texted me… “How’s Saturday morning after the market?” .
“Yes! Sounds great” I replied.
So we were set to go. Making a wreath is something that made me nervous. I used to teach this with other instructors but it has been years and I just wanted help to get going again. So when Jeannine offered to help I was ecstatic.
Step 1 – Cut and Clip Greens
Step 2: Find a material to make a base ring out of. In Alberta I used to use long willow stems collected in ditches. In BC I use long twigs from my grape vines. Either way, this base will be hidden once construction begins so any long twig works. You simply twist it into a ring and pull the end through again and again to weave it into a circle.
3. Tie loose ends of central ring together with wire
Step 4 Bundle greens in clumps into your left hand. Because the greens are precut, you can layer then together in a small bundle with one of each type of green you found and grabbing them with the left hand you hold them in place on the base of the ring and using the wire, wrap it around two or three times to connect the bundle of greens with the wreath base. Continue adding bundles of greens on top of the willow or grape frame as you move around the edge. Always keep greens on the top half. You don’t want some greens under the ring or it won’t lay flat on your wall.
Jeannine and her sister Terry cut piles of greens and assemble them into little evergreen bundles that I then wire into place
Step 5 When you get to the last bundle of greens, make sure it is tucked under the first clump added then take a look. If it is thinner in one place, push the first bundle back and add another two or three under it.
Step 6- When the wreath is done you can decorate it with a bow or other greens.
Hang and enjoy!
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