Being part of the Nature Pal Exchange has been a truly wonderful experience for my family. When I saw the latest Christmas craft nature swap, I was very excited and wanted to contribute a little something I have learned through nature collecting.
First, let me tell you I just make my wreaths up! I am not a florist or a professional wreath maker, and I don’t own a fancy studio. Everything you see here took place in my bathroom where I get the most natural light in the fall. If you think you can’t, you can, and once you start making wreaths, it’s hard to stop.
My bathroom smelled wonderful and looked like a forest floor.
I foraged everything for these wreaths around my neighborhood. When looking for some beautiful branches, I suggest finding small and thinner branches. If they are too thick, they might not bend, and it is likely they will snap when you try to bend them.
The non-foraged tools you need may include:
wire – I use floral wire, but I have also used bread ties (the wire twist kind) most thinner wire, even jewellery making wire will work.
hot glue gun
ribbon or bakers twine
optional – grapevine wreath, felt, and baubles
Once you have foraged some lovely things, lay out the branches and look for a good base branch. I always go with the bend of the branch. Remove small branches from one side of the branch and start to bend it in a circle.
You can find a spot to wire the end and beginning together.
From there, you can wire the remaining smaller branches to the main branch.
Now you have a base.
You can now add on small branches to fill out the base branch. Tie them using small pieces of the wire. I lay my wreath down and lay things on top to get an idea of where I want to place new things and estimate how much it might need to be trimmed.
A trend I have seen lately is a simple brach style, so I decided to give one a try. It is less work and equally as beautiful.
I tend to keep my wreaths pretty simple and asymmetrical but that is just my taste. You can fill yours out and much as you like.
We also used painted pinecones and acorns to decorate with.
I would love to see the wreaths you make. If you would like to share a wreath you made with us, please use the hashtag #naturepalwreath .
We can’t wait to see the beautiful and creative foraged wreaths you come up with!!