DIY Grapevine & Greenery Holiday Wreath

Materials:

  • grapevine wreath frame - this one is 36"
  • one paddle of green floral wire, preferably 20 gauge
  • garden shears, that can cut thick branches
  • an assortment of bunches of your favorite hearty greens, like fraser fir, boxwood, pine, leyland cypress, carolina sapphire, eucalyptus (we used 3 bunches of fraser fir, 2 bunches of carolina sapphire and 2 bunches of eucalyptus for this 36" wreath)

 

Steps:

  1. Pair down your branches into smaller stems, cutting at the natural breaks in the branches.
  2. Cut smaller, 6 inch pieces of wire to tie around the boughs you'll make next.
  3. Create small bundles of greens with the smaller stems but layering the stems and then use the wire to hold them together. If you want a loose and wild wreath, layer stems of various lengths. If you want a symmetrical and formed wreath, cut all of your stems to be the same length. Make enough bundles to line the frame and fill in as much of it as you like.
  4. Affix the paddle of wire to the back side of the wreath. Keep the wire attached for the whole wrapping of the wreath.
  5. Begin at the "bottom" part of your asymmetrical wreath and lay the bundle on top of the frame, one bundle at a time, with the tips pointing clockwise and stem ends pointing counterclockwise - and now, wrap the wire around the frame and over the top of the stems to keep the bough in place. Then, add another bundle, wrap the wire around the frame and so on until you've added all of your boughs to the frame.
    Finally, now you can cut the wire and tie it off on the back side of the wreath frame.