I’ve been cyber-stalking various wreath workshops around Richmond this year, but I couldn’t justify $100 for something that would die alone on my front door. Which is funny, because I’m actually really on board to pay $100 for a flower centerpiece workshop because they are just. so. pretty. I digress. When my friend Ashley asked to have a craft night, I decided this would be the day I bit the bullet and learned how to make one myself. Fast forward to over two weeks after we made plans, I am scrambling around craft stores in the area trying to find the makings of a wreath with only two hours to go.
I intended on using a wire wreath, but alas, last minute shoppers can’t be too choosy. We ended up with these wooden wreaths that worked out perfectly. Ashley picked up an assortment of greenery from Vogue Flowers and I am forever thankful that she had this brilliant idea and I didn’t have to walk into Lowe’s looking dumbfounded.
We had snacks, cocktails, and football on TV for the boys, and despite my struggles for the first hour, craft night was a success. Ashley’s wreath turned out beautifully, and honestly, she should be writing the tutorial, because I had a bit of a learning curve. Good thing half-wreaths are a thing these days. I ran out of both hot glue and patience, but it worked out just fine. If you’re looking for a fun and (mostly easy) craft night idea, try this tutorial and please share your masterpiece with me!
- winter greenery (we used cedar, boxwood, and eucalyptus)
- green wire (I used 24 gauge wire, found for less than $1 at AC Moore)
- wire cutters
- grapevine wreath, your choice of size
- decorative pieces (we used these Hearth & Hand ornaments and mini pinecones)
- hot glue gun for adding ornaments, etc.
1. Cut your greenery to manageable pieces. Using the grapevine wreath, it was difficult to feed wire all the way through both the greenery and the wreath, so it’s helpful to use small pieces and work your way across.
2. Using your wire, start attaching the greenery in one direction until your desired coverage. There’s not a real science to this, but you’ll want to be sure your wire is tightened from the back to keep your greenery from falling down.
3. Once your base greenery is full, start adding in your secondary pieces. For mine, I used cedar as my base and then added a piece of boxwood on each side to fill in some holes. I then stuck in two small pieces of eucalyptus. (Magnolia leaves are beautiful and I borrowed some from a neighbor’s tree the morning-of, but then couldn’t figure out a stable way to attach them. Karma…)
4. Once your wreath is full, attach your decorative pieces. It’s best to use wire if you want to re-use them, but hot glue is a wonderful and easy option. I used wire for the most part, and a dab of hot glue to hold my ornaments at just the right angle.
5. Hang on your door with either a wreath hanger or a large piece of ribbon, and have the best looking wreath in your neighborhood.