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Hello, lovely people!
I hope you’re all having a fantastic time preparing your home for the Christmas season. Over the past few weeks I’ve been making a whole bunch of DIY Christmas decorations. A few days ago, as part of this DIY Christmas decor spree, I tried making my first ever DIY Christmas wreath.
I know it’s nothing flashy, but I like it. And honestly, I can’t believe I’d never tried making my own Christmas wreath before. It was super fun and way, way cheaper than buying something similar from a store.
Below I’ve explained how I made my DIY Christmas wreath, in case you’d like to make one of your own.
DIY oversized Christmas wreath
- An oversize wreath form.
- Foraged greenery and pinecones.
- I’m not a botanist so I unfortunately can’t tell you the exact species of trees I used, but I’ve included a picture of the different types of branches in step 2. The key when choosing your greenery is really just to pick three or four types of leaves, preferably of different shapes and shades of green. This keeps your wreath ~interesting~.
- Paddle wire
- A hot glue gun
- Beads in a neutral colour.
Step 1: Prepare the pinecones
This gives you something to use to attach the pinecone to the wreath.
To begin, use your hot glue gun to glue a small bead to the base of your pinecones. Don’t worry if it looks a bit messy, but do make sure that the bead’s hole isn’t facing down or clogged with glue.
Step 2: Organise the greenery
Okay, okay, I know. You signed up for a DIY Christmas decor project, not organising. But hear me out. If you organise your greenery before you start adding it to your wreath, you save heaps of time because:
- You don’t need to constantly search for the exact right branch.
- You don’t need to stop to trim large/weirdly shaped branches.
- You know before you begin if you’ve gathered enough greenery, potentially saving you the hassle of having to stop work to go find more branches.
To begin, set aside a few of your larger branches. Do not cut these branches, as they’ll be used in all their massive glory in step 4.
Remove any ugly, brown, or half eaten leaves from your remaining branches. Trim your branches so they’re roughly the same size (they don’t need to be exact) and remove excess leaves at the base of the branch. You should end up with branches that look like this:
Then, organise your branches into bunches of roughly equal size. Try to have a mix of different branches in each bunch. This will keep your DIY Christmas wreath balanced.
Step 3: Attach your greenery to your DIY Christmas wreath
Use your paddle wire to tie a knot around your wreath frame. Don’t cut the wire. Grab a bunch of your branches, rest them on top of the wreath frame, and loop the wire around the stems and the frame several times. Pull tightly on the wire to ensure the branch bunch is firmly secured.
Then, lay another bunch of greenery over the top of your first so that it covers anywhere from 1/2 to 3/4 of the first bunch, depending on the fullness you desire. Loop the paddle wire around the stems of the second bunch to attach them to the wreath frame.
Continue until you have covered one half of the wreath. Once you’ve finished, switch to the other side of the wreath and repeat the process. Here’s a little diagram to show you what I mean. Excuse my lacklustre drawing skills and terrible handwriting. No matter how hard I try, my handwriting always looks like it’s been run over by a truck.
Once you have done this, you’ll have something that looks like this.
Step 4: Add more volume using extra leaves
Remember those big branches we set aside in step 2? This is where we’re going to use them.
Using your paddle wire, tie some of the larger branches to your wreath. The aim here is just to give the wreath a little more body. Where you put them is entirely up to you. Here’s a little diagram to show you where I tied mine. Feel free to experiment with placement – you know what you like best!
Step 5: Add your pinecones
The final step is to attach the pinecones you prepared in step 1.
Snip a piece of paddle wire approximately 20cm long. Thread the paddle wire through the bead you glued to the pinecone. Tie a few knots, then twist the wire a few times.Then, use the little wire ‘tail’ to tie your pinecones to your wreath frame. Add as many or as few pinecones as you like. As with the greenery, go with your gut – distribute the pinecones in whatever way looks best to you!
And with that, your DIY Christmas wreath is all finished.
I’m still trying to figure out if I want to add some copper lights to my wreath. On one hand, pretty lights! On the other hand, potential fire. The fact that I don’t take “potential fire” as a reason not to do something tells you pretty much everything you need to know about me.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
Warm wishes to you and your family. Have a beautiful day xoxo!
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