The holiday season is in full swing! Over the weekend we attended a lovely workshop hosted by Phoebe Poole of Weatherlow Florals in the beautiful barn at Weatherlow Farms in Westport, MA. Phoebe walked us through two approaches to making wreaths, using fresh (and dried) greenery foraged from the farm or sourced locally.
Here's an overview on how to make your own festive wreath for the holidays - or anytime!
1. Gather your craft supplies, including: floral wire, work gloves, and shears.
2. Gather your materials:
BASE: Phoebe made our grapevine wreath bases prior to the workshop. You could make your own ahead of time, or you can purchase a grapevine base at craft stores like Michael's or Joann Fabrics. You could also use a wire frame if you choose, but the exposed grapevine adds a nice rustic touch.
GREENERY: We had lots of greenery to choose from, including fresh pine, spruce, holly, rhododendron, dried eucalyptus, and more.
FINAL TOUCHES: The greenery looks beautiful on its own, but you can also use pine cones, ribbon, dusty miller, twine, etc. - get creative!
3. Once you have everything gathered in your work space, it's time to start layering your wreath.
Method one involves creating small bunches of greenery (like small bouquets), wrapping them tightly with floral wire, and then securing those bunches to your wreath base using floral wire. Tuck the ends of the bunches into the grapevine as necessary. Add more bunches around the wreath until you achieve your desired fullness.
With method two, which is the approach we took, simply weave the branch stems into the grapevine, starting with some bigger branches and layering on top of them.
If you've got crafty friends or family, make it a DIY wreath making party, complete with seasonal snacks and drinks. We were lucky to have bites from Ohh Goodness.