While I have a lot of patience when it comes to certain things (former teacher right here), tedious and time-consuming arts and crafts are definitely not one of them! That’s why this homemade wreath is the perfect project for me-it’s quick, mess-free, CHEAP, and even the little ones can get involved!
I’ve always admired wreaths for anytime of year to spruce up your front door and boost curb-appeal, but with the steep price tags of store bought wreaths, I often find myself passing on purchasing while usually thinking “I could make that for way less.” I snagged this 14” wreath frame (set of 2) recently with just that mindset!
Today was the day my project came to life! My 16-month-old, two Boxers, and I were on a walk this morning, admiring all of the summer, Florida foliage when this homemade wreath idea came to mind. Why not use actual nature to make my wreath rather than spend money buying fake stuff at the craft store?
- 14” wreath frame
- Yard trimmings
I followed these five simple steps to create my first homemade wreath from yard-trimmings in under ONE HOUR:
Step 1: Trim and Gather
I live in Florida so palm fronds are easy to come by and my little Pygmy Date Palm needed a cleaning up. I also knew that I wanted the greenery from the palm fronds to be the base color and texture for my wreath to give it a tropical/summery look. I trimmed my little palm and cut off those sharp needles, keeping in mind that I wanted to gather more than I thought I would need. I chose the fronds that were most healthy looking and vibrant and then shook them out just to be sure no bugs would be joining this party ;). Next, Julian and I gathered some colorful leaves and pretty flowers from other plants in the yard with the intent of adding texture and color to our wreath. We used Magnolia leaves, purple flowers, and red leaves from other plants …that I don’t know the names of.
Step 2: Weave and Tuck
Using all of the palm fronds I had gathered, I began to weave them into my wreath frame starting from the outermost ring and working my way inward. I wasn’t too concerned about appearance yet, I just wanted to get all of the frame covered in greenery. Julian even helped out by handing me fronds as I needed.
Step 3: Add the Pop
I started with the Magnolia leaves which were also green but varied the texture of my wreath a bit, and then I added the red leaves to one side of the wreath to create imbalance and dimension. Finally, I added the small purple flowers at various points throughout the wreath to add to the summery look I was going for. I simply tucked the stems of all leaves and flowers into the wreath frame and maneuvered them a bit until I was happy with their placement. For this step you could also incorporate ribbons to help tie the base greenery in place and add another element of color and texture.
Step 4: “Give it a Haircut”
For this step, I hung the wreath on my door, grabbed my scissors, and trimmed away! I wanted to cut off all “dead ends” and pieces that were sticking out too much to give it a more tamed look. Julian helped me here by picking up the clippings and placing them in the trash.
Step 5: Enjoy!
That’s it! Admire that beautiful, natural, inexpensive wreath that matches your yard foliage and feel free to brag to neighbors about how crafty you were with your yard trimmings. 🙂
I’m no green-thumb, but I imagine this can be done with any type of bush or tree. Just choose something that has flexible branches or large leaves to work with. Be creative!! As a side note, since real tree trimmings were used in the making of this wreath, it stayed fresh looking for about a week, then it was time to switch the look up with other trimmings. I’m looking forward to branching out (lame pun intended…I know) and making more natural wreaths to match other seasons.
Here’s a close-up of our masterpiece. Share your homemade wreath pictures in the comments! 🙂