12 Days of Projects – Day 4 Holiday Wreath

We are now on Day 4 of my 12 Days of Projects to celebrate Thanksgiving and get ready for Christmas. By 4 can I say I’m on a “roll”, ha! I don’t know, but I’m having a good time and looking forward to sharing more ideas with you. Check out the first 3 days: Chalkboard Window, DIY Mercury Glass, Holiday Banner. And now, on to Day 4…

I have friends and relatives who truly excel at the art of flower arranging and take it to another level. But I have some ideas for wreaths and decided to give it a go for Christmas this year. There are so many fun variations of wreaths – you could use ornaments, grapevine wreath, fabric. I chose to use good ‘ol fake greenery (I also LOVE real greenery!) and add some embellishments. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • wreath forms – I got these from Walmart, the basic evergreen wreath and tacked two together to get more fullness
  • picks and embellishments – I used some ornaments, bows, and picks (always wondered why they are called this and I guess the etymology is around picking flowers as they are essentially pieces/parts of flowers and plants)
  • floral wire or twist ties

Now for the so simple instructions! Decide on your layout and design. Begin attaching picks and embellishments in a layered manner if you want some pieces to overlap each other. For example, I wanted to use green leaves to give the evergreen some depth, so I attached all of those first and then attached the embellishments, bow, and ornaments last.
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Some ornaments and picks will be on wire stems and you can just use this to attach to the wreath or the floral wire. I even found some attached to little clips so you can easily clip onto the evergreen stems in your wreath.
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If you want to mix in some live foliage, you can really create a beautiful wreath. You just have to be aware and either remove it at the end of the season or live with a sad, half-dead wreath the next year. 🙁 But what’s also super fantastic about these wreaths is that you can start over very simply or change out the design every year!

Have fun – happy creating!

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