A beginner-friendly eucalyptus and wattle wreath that can be made in under an hour.
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When I’m stressed, one of my favourite ways to unwind is by running a bath, lighting a candle, and staring at the bathroom ceiling while having a mini existential crisis.
And also by making wreaths.
I’m not sure why, but I find the whole wreath-making process incredibly relaxing. So, when I found myself a bit stressed earlier this week, I decided to make a new wreath for the living room.
Here’s how my little wreath making adventure turned out:
This wreath is made from a variety of eucalyptus and wattle leaves. I used three different types of eucalyptus and two different types of wattle. I wish I could be more specific, but there are nearly 900 types of eucalyptus and 1000 types of wattle in Australia, and I am no botanist.
There are two things that I really like about this wreath. The first is how easy it is to make. It’s literally just tying bunches of leaves to a wreath form, no special skills required.
The second thing I like about this wreath is that it’ll last quite a while even without doing anything to preserve the leaves. Wattle and eucalyptus don’t tend to droop (they dry out instead) and the colour fades quite slowly. This means that, even with drying, the wreath looks nice for weeks.
If you’d like to make something similar, I’ve included a small tutorial below!
Beginner-friendly oversize DIY eucalyptus & wattle wreath
- A large wreath form. I reused the giant metal ring I used for my oversize Christmas wreath. You can buy a large wreath form here. Alternatively, you can see what you can find around your house that can be used as a wreath form.
- Foraged eucalyptus and wattle.
- Paddle wire
- Jute twine
Begin by sorting your greenery into bunches that are roughly equal in size. In my experience, bunches that include a mixture of plants (e.g. some wattle, some eucalyptus) tend to look nicer than bunches made from a single plant.
When your bunches are all sorted, tie your paddle wireto the wreath form using a few tight knots.
Next, grab one of your bunches of greenery. Use your non-dominant hand to hold the greenery while you use your dominant hand to wrap the paddle wire around the stems and wreath form several times.
With your first bunch secured, grab your second bunch of greenery. Rest it so it’s overlapping the first bunch. As with the first bunch, use paddle wire to tie the second bunch in place. Repeat until you’ve covered 80% of the wreath form.
Once you’ve covered 80% of the wreath form, tie a few knots in your paddle wire. Use scissors to snip the excess off, then hide the remaining ‘tail’ among the leaves.
Finally, gently flip your wreath over. Add a small piece of rope so you can easily hang your wreath from a hook.
And that’s it!