When we bought our Christmas tree this year, the nice guy at the hardware store sawed off the bottom layer of branches for us so I wouldn’t scratch my eyes out trying to water the darn thing. Also, cutting away that layer leaves room for presents. Presents! Instead of leaving those branches behind to go to the compost, we loaded ‘em up on our little red wagon with the rest of the tree and carted them home. I was determined to turn those orphan branches into a DIY wreath and voila!
Even better, I did it with supplies I already had on hand. All I needed was something big and circular (I went with an embroidery hoop I found at a thrift store some time back), something to stand in for florist’s wire (I went with wire ornament hangers), something to stand in for florist’s tape (washi!), and some strong kitchen shears. Here’s how all of that came together:
First, I used the kitchen shears to cut down the branches. I didn’t worry about the pieces being the same size; I just cut off the bits that looked full right around the point where the needles started thinning out. I put them in a big pile to pick off of.
I originally thought that I’d squeeze the branches in between the two pieces of embroidery hoop, but that ended up being impractical (the branches took up too much space) and unnecessary (my attachment methods were much more stable than I thought they’d be). However, this photo still shows you how I started out. I attached the end of the branch to the hoop and had it laid out, pointing in a clockwise direction.
To attach the branch to the hoop, I simply wrapped a piece of ornament hanging wire around the bottom of the branch, pressed in on the wire around the branch to tighten it’s grip a bit and wrapped a few layers of washi tape around the wire.
Then I just started layering branches on, laying one on top of each other in the clockwise fashion and securing another branch base on the hoop every half inch to inch (I totally just eyeballed what looked good based on how full / long the branches were).
That’s what it looked like from the inside.
I kept going all of the way around until it was done! I thought it would be tricky towards the end, but it wasn’t. I just had to tie on new branches underneath the first branches. That part would have been agony if I had a prickly type of tree, so if you want to try it out, you might need to wear gloves depending on your tree type.
I’m so glad to have added a bit of Christmas cheer to the outside of our house! We don’t hang lights, so this adds a little bit of happy. I like that it looks a little scraggly, but if you like a cleaner look it would be really easy to trim up bits that stick out at the end. It would also be easy to add in bulbs or decorations with a hot glue gun!
Have you ever tried out making your own wreath? How did it go?
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