Let me first stress to you just how much I’m not a florist. Not even a little…
But I really enjoy making homemade affordable/free decor. I love wreaths, but I have never wanted to invest the money in one for a number of reasons.
1. They fade quicker than I think.
2. I’m not fond of fake flowers or greenery.
3. Pre-made wreaths made with fresh greenery tend to be way out of my price range.
I found that making my own simple wreaths is not only fun to do, but solves all my issues with wreaths. Yes, this wreath will end up fading and dying at the end of the season, but I won’t care at all. Bonus points for having less to store.
All the evergreens on this wreath were free from around my house, so I’ll just toss them back into the woods or compost when I’m done.
Going outside with some clippers and a basket, then grabbing whatever I think we can use – that is by far my favorite part. So much more satisfying than running to Target or Walmart.
The only things that I used that were purchased are:
Metal Wreath Frame (these are great to reuse every year)
The rest is gathered clippings from evergreens around my house. We also picked up some small pine cones and my husband found these bright red berries. I like having as many different textures to work with as possible when making a wreath.
I am not a professional in the slightest (did I mention that yet?).
But incase you were wondering how I make my wreaths, here is my ultra simple process because – well I’m a pretty simple person. lol
No two wreaths ever looks the same because – again- I am not a professional. Just a mom on a budget, that loves making things.
1. First I figure out which greenery I want to be my base. Then going in one direction I layer the branches on top of each other.
2. Once I have a good amount of branches on there I secure them with as little wire as possible. I like to make these little U shape wires and twist them underneath.
3. Then I play around with the additional textures. Pinecones, berries, dried fruit, dried wheat, ribbons, bows….All of the things.
In the end, I usually choose simple.
4. Once I make a design I’m happy with I secure them with the wire as well.
That’s it. I call it good.
I hope this inspires you to give a homemade wreath a shot this Christmas season. It’s fun to play around with different layouts and go hunting for as many textures as you can find. The kids can even get involved in this!
Thank-you so much for taking time out of your day to hang out here!