DIY Fresh Christmas Wreath

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Hello friends! Well, it has been a while since my last post. At the time I created this wreath, I never intended it to be a tutorial.  Honestly, this wreath was created primarily out of the need to make a fresh wreath fast. However, when I posted this picture on Instagram, I received several request to do a tutorial. I decided to create this post so you too can make a simple and easy DIY wreath of your own. 

Here is what you will need to get started:

Styrofoam Wreath Form (I would not recommend the one I used for this tutorial. It was all that Walmart had this morning.)

Cedar and pine clippings at least 12 inches long. Depending on the size of your wreath form, will determine the amount of clippings you will need.  It takes a lot of fresh greens to create a wreath.

Scissors or floral shears for cutting the stems

Work gloves to protect your hands

Lets get started….

Once you have collected your cedar and pine clippings, you may soak them in water for a few hours to absorb moisture and to remove any critters.  After you have soaked your greens, allow them to dry for 24 hours until the stems are sturdy enough to insert into the styrofoam.  This step is optional.  I chose not to do this for the wreath I made for our porch and this tutorial because of time. It is not necessary but may extend the life of the wreath since soaking the clippings in water will help them to retain moisture and slow down the drying process.

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Assemble your greens and wreath form on brown craft paper because it does get messy.

I clipped each stem at an angle prior to inserting them into the styrofoam wreath form.

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After the stems are cut at an angle, I begin to insert them in the same direction into the styrofoam at 33 to 45 degree angle to allow the stems to lie flat on the form.

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I alternate between the cedar and pine stems adding them in a row to the outside, middle and inside of the wreath form.

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I start a new row by layering stems about 1 to 2 inches after the last completed row. This doesn’t have to be exact. The closer you add your stems to the last row the thicker the wreath will be.

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I continue to add cedar and pine around the wreath form until it is covered. I fill the inside of the wreath with smaller clippings while adding larger clippings to the outside perimeter. I then go back and add greens to the areas of the wreath form where it needs to be filled in.

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After the wreath form is covered with fresh greens, I spritz the wreath with Wilt Stop to help the greens stay fresh. I do recommend spritzing the greens daily with water to help maintain their moisture. The wreath is ready to hang on the front porch, front door, mantle or wherever I plan on decking the halls. One note, I did use ribbon instead of wire to hang the wreath. I found that the wire cuts through the styrofoam due to the weight of the greens.

Here is the 16 inch wreath form that I would recommend using. It is $6.97 at Wal-mart. The one I used in this tutorial was very hard and caused the stems to bend and break. I didn’t have this issue with the wreath form below. I also don’t recommend using the wreath forms made out of floral foam. I have used those in the past and the foam breaks easily and doesn’t allow for secure placement when inserting the stems.

Additional tips:

  • Be sure wear gloves when handling cedar, pine and holly to protect your hands from splinters and sap.

  • Avoid hanging your wreaths in direct sunlight as this will cause the wreath to lose moisture and dry out faster.

  • The wreath will be much larger than your form. For example the 12 and 16 in. wreath forms that I used resulted in a 24 inch wreaths. Smaller clippings, less than 12 inches long, will result in a smaller wreath size.

  • Other greens such as magnolia, boxwood and holly may also be used. Shop your yard and don’t be afraid to mix your greens to customize your wreath to fit your decor.

  • Embellish your wreath with real or faux red berries, vintage bells or add a simple red bow.

  • These would also make great gifts as you enter the holiday season.

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This is the finished product that I made today for this wreath tutorial. One of my favorite parts of creating this wreath, aside from the fact that it is inexpensive, is that it is natural, organic and very simple to make.

Thank you for following along and for the positive feedback on my DIY wreath. I hope this tutorial helps you to create a beautiful wreath for your own home. Be sure to share your creations with me on Instagram or Facebook.

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