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Make an evergreen wreath

Nov 5th, 2011 | Category: Skills

by Grow Northwest
A beautiful evergreen wreath is one of the most popular holiday decorations. Look around each season and you find them hanging from doors, fences, barns and even vehicles. Adorned with ribbons, bows, cones, holly or other decorations, an evergreen wreath makes a beautiful, simple decoration, and one that is easy to make.

The use of evergreens is one that dates back many years, and was included in a variety of celebrations and seasonal activities, from Winter Solstice to Greeks placing them on the heads of Olympic athletes, to today’s popular use during the holiday season.

Depending on the type of evergreen cuts, you can lay a piece on top of the wreath form and attach it using florist wire, or twist the evergreen cut so that it tucks directly into the form. You can then tuck additional cuts into the pieces already attached to the form. More cuts make for a fuller wreath. PHOTO BY BRENT COLE

The wreath consists of cuts of evergreen connected to a wire wreath form. You can use a variety of evergreen cuts or one type, whatever you prefer. Cuts can be accessed from your property, or ask a friend or family member to allow you to snip a few pieces from their trees. Also, tree farms and stores selling holidays items often offer extra evergreen clippings for free or a small charge, and some local nurseries offer wreath making classes and information.

Wire wreath forms are available at most craft shops, as well as floral wire or garden twine which may be needed to attach your pieces to the wreath base. (If you buy a wreath or are given a wreath that has a wire wreath base, you can save the base after the wreath is done for the season. We keep wreath forms stored with the rest of our holiday decorations.)

When you are ready to make the wreath, lay the wreath form on a flat surface. Depending on the type of evergreen cuts, you can either lay a piece on top of the wreath form and attach it using florist wire, or twist the evergreen cut so that it tucks directly into the form. You can then tuck additional cuts into the pieces already attached to the form.

To create a thicker, fuller wreath, be sure to use a larger number of evergreen cuts; for a lighter look, use less. For a more diverse look, use different varieties of cuts; for a simple look, use one variety, such as fir.

Once you have finished covering the wreath form, use clippers to remove any unsightly pieces; anything that does not fit the uniform look you are trying to create.

You now have a completed natural wreath. If you want decorations, this is the time to add any ribbons, bows or other materials. When done, find a good spot to hang your festive creation.

PHOTO BY CYNTHIA ST. CLAIR

If you have any leftover evergreen cuts, you can use them to make a simple swag decoration. Gather the remaining cuts and tie them with a colorful bow or ribbon, and add any small decorations you’d like, such as a homemade paper ornament or small fir cones.

Whether made into a wreath or swag decoration, evergreen cuts add a beautiful, simple touch to the holiday season. Both styles are beautiful enough for adults to appreciate, yet easy enough for kids to help make.

MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED

• Clippers or pruning shears
• Cuts of Evergreen branches
• Florist wire or garden twine
• Decorations such as cones, ribbon, holly, ornaments or other items of your choice

FREE WREATH MAKING EVENTS

Following are some free wreath making events:

Making a Fresh Green Wreath (demonstration) on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Bakerview Nursery in Bellingham, starting at 2 p.m. Learn how to make your own unique fresh green wreath using many types of evergreens with different colors and textures.  Come watch our wreath making expert transform a mixture of fresh outdoor greens into a beautiful holiday wreath.

Free Wreath Making Workshop on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 1-4 p.m. at Mountainside Gardens, 6900 Mt Baker Highway, between Kendall and Maple Falls. Bring some greens to share if you have them, everything else will be provided. For more info, call 599-2271.

–Article published in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Grow Northwest

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