I love spending time outside and especially in the woods. It is where I would spend every day if I could. There is just something so peaceful about it and I always come away feeling happier, less stressed and with renewed purpose. I woke up today knowing that I wanted…no…needed to spend some time outside. As usual, I dragged my husband along. Well, to be fair, I really didn’t have to drag him, as he enjoys our hikes as much as I do.
Today though, I brought my pruning shears, my foraging basket, and my intention to gather some greens to make a holiday wreath for my back porch entryway. I love fresh wreaths and recently priced one at the christmas tree farm where we bought our tree. It cost $40.00! I knew I could make one for free, so we set off early into the woods to get our supplies. I already had some balsam fir branches trimmed from our christmas tree so I ended up gathering princess pine, white pine, sumac, hemlock and rhododendron. I was hoping to find some red berries but it wasn’t meant to be on this trip…sigh.
Here are a few pics from our foraging trip:
I couldn’t wait to get home with all my goodies and start putting together my wreath. Here are all of the greens I gathered laid out on my kitchen table. If you’re going to try this yourself, be advised that this will make quite a mess and your hands will get stained with pine pitch.
Besides your greens, you will need a roll of thin guage floral wire, some wire cutters and a form to wire all of your greenery to. I wanted to save money so I used a plain grapevine wreath that I made over the summer. When winter is over, I will just remove all the greenery and keep the grapevine wreath for another project or just use it as is. You will also need some ribbon to finish off your project. I had some plaid holiday ribbon and some plain burlap ribbon left over from another project so I used that.
After you’ve laid out all your supplies just start snipping clusters of greens. I like to make big, thick clusters around 8 inches long each. Once I have a nice fat cluster, I wire it to the form (in this case my grapevine wreath). You can also use a store bought wire wreath frame or a wire coat hanger will do just as well if you want to make your wreath at no cost.
Here are a few pics of me clustering my greenery and wiring them to my form.
After I attached my first cluster, I clustered my next and attached it to the grapevine form, making sure to overlap my first cluster to keep the wreath full and to hide the wires. Each cluster should hide the previous cluster’s wires completely. I continued on in this way, all the way around the form until I reached the point where I started. Here, I made sure to wire my cluster securely underneath the first cluster, hiding all wire. I also made a loop with my wire here because this is where I will attach my bow and hang my wreath. I always apply my bows to the point where I start and end my wreath because i can effectively hide any imperfections this way.
Lastly, I made a bow from my two ribbons and attached it to the top of my wreath where I will hang it from. Below are a few pictures of my finished wreath. I am very happy with the way it came out and also very happy with the cost…zero!