I’ve always loved the idea of hosting a wreath making party leading up to the holidays… gathering a group of friends to craft something pretty to decorate their homes, combined with plenty of conversation and cocoa drinking. Well, my friends from Bricolage Floral Studio and ByGeorge just gave me the perfect excuse! I’ll be co-hosting a winter wreath workshop this coming Saturday December 3rd at the Lamar store, with Samantha from Bricolage showing us how to make the most gorgeous wreath that you can take home to deck the halls (or gift to one lucky person on your list!) It’s $56 for all the supplies you’ll need to make and take home your own, just call the ByGeorge team at 512-472-5951 to reserve your spot. There will be sign-ups available at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Hope you can join me!

And if you’re not in Austin, never fear: Samantha is sharing the DIY details for one of her favorite wreaths here, so keep scrolling!

*photos by laura dominguez


The inspiration behind my design was to create a holiday wreath that I could decorate the inside of my home with. Something that felt less bulky, more modern but still with the wild organic feel that I love.

Here’s what you’ll need to create Samantha’s winter berry wreath:

  • Wreath Hoop
  • Floral Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Greenery and berries

 


Step 1

Create small hand held bundles of the greenery clippings.


Step 2

Lay the bundle over the metal hoop, and attach the bundle with floral wire where the stems meet the metal hoop.


Step 3

When creating your second bundle, don’t stress about it being exactly like the first one in terms of fullness or in the amount of each type of greenery used. The variety will help keep things feeling asymmetrical and organic.


Step 4

Place this bundle on top of the stems of the first bundle and continue with the floral wire, wrapping around the second bundle all the way down to the stems.


Step 5

Continue this until you feel your wreath is complete, we like to leave a bit of the hoop peeking out.


Step 6

To hide gaps and unsightly stems or wire, secure air plants to these spots by pushing a 2″ piece of floral wire through the bottom and wrapping it around the hoop.


And a few of Samantha’s expert tips! 

When choosing your foliage, use greenery that will dry well. We used seeded eucalyptus, cedar, grevillea foliage & nandina


Be sure all of your bundles are facing down and flowing in the same direction.

Do not cut your floral wire until after you’ve secured your very last bundle.

Although these can be hung outside, these wreaths are especially great for indoor use as holiday decor or gifts.

Thanks Samantha! 

And if you’re in Austin this Saturday, don’t forget to call ByGeorge (512-472-5951) to sign-up for the workshop – you’ll receive all the supplies and Samantha’s in-person help with making this gorgeous wreath for yourself. See you there!

11 comments
  1. 1
    Jessica | November 29, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I love that wreath, it looks so easy to make but then again, I’m not an expert! x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

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    Kait Kwan | November 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Where can you get a plain wreath hoop like that? The only ones I can find would not look good leaving a portion of the wreath bare for the hoop to be seen. Love this tutorial!

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  3. 3
    karin | November 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Well…just was informed by George that the session is NOT free…darn, but sounded wonderful to begin with…not sure I want to spend $50 for it.

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  4. 4
    Samantha Lee | November 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Ah, wish I was in Austin for this! That wreath is beautiful.
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

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  5. 5
    Warren Cardinal | November 30, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I love your hand-made wreath… and beautiful photography!

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  6. 6
    Hardman | December 3, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Wonderful idea for holidays, simply, but with taste. And main, it is possible to do with own hands. I will take on a note.

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    cardinalkay64 | December 5, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for using the positive words asymmetrical + organic which gives me “permission” to stop obsessing over the wreaths we made to hang inside all our windows this year!

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    Claudia | December 6, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Can’t wait for fresh winter and spring wreaths! Thank you I’m a floral designer

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