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Hello, lovelies! Today I’d like to share with you a cheap and simple DIY wreath I made this week. This wreath is made using Australian native plants: two types of wattle and two types of eucalyptus. Wattle and eucalyptus leaves are great for wreaths, as they last a long time without wilting and they retain much of their original beauty even when dried.
- A wire wreath form or a coathanger
- Strong tape such as duct tape or electrical tape
- Floral wire
- Good scissors
- A piece of rope or string (to hang your wreath)
- A variety of Australian native greenery, pre-dried.
Some preliminary notes:
- Here is a picture of the Australian natives I used. The bottom left and top right are wattle branches. From a quick google search, I think the bottom left is ‘Queensland silver wattle’ and the top right is ‘Golden rain wattle’. The bottom right is eucalyptus plant, but I’m not up to the challenge of picking out its exact species from the 894 species of eucalyptus native to Australia. If you know what type of eucalyptus this is (or if I have made a mistake identifying the wattle), please let me know in the comments. I’ll be very grateful for your wisdom as I am only just learning how to identify sub-species of Australian natives.
- I used pre-dried leaves for my DIY Australian native wreath. I dry my leaves by tying them in bundles and hanging them from a beam in my garage. You can use fresh leaves, but bear in mind that they will lose some volume as they air dry.
Step 1 (optional): Make your wreath form
To save money, I like to make my own wire wreath forms from wire coathangers. A pack of 10 coathangers costs me $2, meaning each wire wreath frame comes at about 20 cents a piece. In comparison, pre-made wreath frames retail for about $6 where I am. So, you know, with my savings, I’m basically a mogul.
To make a wreath frame from a coathanger, pull a wire coathanger apart and bend it into a rough circle shape, like so:
Step 2: Trim & sort your branches
I like to prepare and sort my greenery before I start work on my wreaths because I don’t like pausing to rummage around once I’ve started construction.
Snip off any ugly branches/leaves then trim the branches so that they’re roughly the same length.
Once your branches are trimmed, pre-sort them into bundles roughly equal in size.
Step 3: Begin construction
Once you have trimmed and sorted your branches, it’s time to start constructing your wreath.
To begin, grab one of your bundles of Australian natives. Secure your branches to your wreath frame with floral wire, wrapping the wire tightly around the branches and wreath frame a few times.
Do not cut the wire. You want to use one continuous piece of wire for the whole wreath, as it’s quicker and, in my experience, provides a better hold than tying the branches individually.
Grab another bunch of branches. Lay them slightly over the top of the first bunch but a little further down. Wrap securely with floral wire.
Repeat until you have covered the wreath form entirely.
(If you look carefully, you can see the few little wattle flowers still hanging on. They’re so cute.)
Step 5: Add rope to hang your wreath
Once you have attached all of your branches to your wreath, it’s time to add a little rope/string so you can hang your wreath from a hook.
Find a slightly sparse spot on your wreath. Wrap the rope around this spot, tying both ends together in a knot to create a loop.
And that’s it!
All that’s left to do is hang your wreath wherever you like.
I put mine over the top of these old cabinet doors that I upcycled into wall decor a few years ago.
I love how the different shapes of the leaves add texture to the wreath.