Every year after Christmas, we take our Christmas tree down and put it on the front porch and there it sits for the better part of two months. This year I decided to up-cycle my tree and turn it into a “natural-wintry” wreath. Normally when I make wreaths I don’t use a form, but recently I have made a few wreaths for some friends and used forms; well now I’m hooked! Here’s how I made this wreath…
What You’ll Need:
First You want to start connecting your pine branches to your foam. You only need about two pieces of wire/twine per branch, if you tie down every inch it's going to look too perfect.
Keep repeating this step until you have gone all the way around your form, like this…
Start by connecting your pine tree branches to your form with no more than two pieces for wire. If you tie down every inch, it’s going to look too perfect.
Next, you want to trim away all the pieces that seem out of place. For me, I like the “wild” look so I didn’t trim too much.
Now comes the fun part, adding your extras & “do-dads”. Normally, I would go outside and look for branches, wild flowers & what not to decorate my wreath, but in the dead of winter it can be a bit hard. There are many ways to style your wreath, but I like the “one-sided” wreath (I’m pretty sure I made that up). I tend to favor one side of my wreath more than the rest.
Now I always try to have some kind of berries on my wreaths so of course I stayed true to myself and found some large berries (like a kumquat sized berries) to add for a pop of color.
You really can’t mess up a wreath too much, just keep it somewhat simple and keep to one theme (i.e. wintry, rustic, spring, natural…). Here I added pinecones to stick with my “natural” theme. Also don’t add to much color when you’re making a live wreath, it’s going to look like someone threw up mike & ike’s all over it. Stick to the color wheel that we all learned about it elementary (like colors with a pop from the opposite side of the wheel).
After I saw my wreath in the morning light the next day, I decided that it needed “something” else so I added more pine cones and some other plain branches from my yard to give it more texture. You can always tweak your wreath later if you decide it’s not to your liking. Here’s the end result…
Have fun making your next wreath!
I'm Kelsey Lee, a 24 year old Michigander, business owner, and lover of all things floral. The Sodus Blossom is my floral design co. that I have started from the ground up. Please feel free to leave a comment & follow along as The Sodus Blossom blooms and grows into something wonderful!