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Today I wanted to share a wreath I made this week.
It’s made using Australian natives – two types of wattle and two types of eucalyptus. I really like using wattle and eucalyptus in my wreaths because they don’t really wilt and retain a lot of their natural beauty even when dry (also, they’re in absolute abundance around here).
- A wire wreath form or a coathanger
- Strong tape such as duct tape or electrical tape
- Floral wire
- Good scissors
- A piece of rope or string (to hang your wreath)
- A variety of foraged eucalyptus and wattle.
- Here is a picture of the Australian natives I used. The bottom left and top right are wattle branches. From a quick google search, I think the bottom left is ‘Queensland silver wattle’ and the top right is ‘Golden rain wattle’.
Step 1 (optional): Making the wreath form
To save money, I like to make my own wire wreath forms from wire coathangers. A pack of 10 coathangers costs me $2, meaning each wire wreath frame comes at about 20 cents a piece. In comparison, pre-made wreath frames retail for about $6 where I am.
If you’d like to make your wreath form with a coathanger, follow the instructions in this post. You’ll end up with something like this:
Step 2: Trimming & sorting the branches
I like to prepare and sort my greenery before I start work on my wreaths because I don’t like pausing to rummage around once I’ve started construction.
To do this, I snipped off any ugly branches/leaves, then trimmed the branches so that they’re roughly the same length. I then sorted them into bundles roughly equal in size.
Step 3: Making the wreath
Once the leaves were trimmed and sorted, I started work on the wreath itself.
To begin, I grabbed one of the bundles. I wrapped the floral wire around the wreath frame and branches a few times to secure the bundle.
Using the same continuous piece of wire, I began adding the rest of the bundles. To keep the wreath looking nice and full, I would ‘layer’ the bundles so that one bundle overlapped almost all of the previous bundle. You can space them out if you like, I just prefer doing it this way because I like full wreaths.
I kept going until I’d covered the wreath form.
Step 5: Adding rope to hang the wreath
I wanted to hang my wreath from a hook so decided to add a little bit of rope to make hanging easy.
I found a somewhat sparse spot on the wreath then wrapped some rope around it, tying both ends together to create a loop.
And that was it!
I put my wreath over the top of these old cabinet doors that I upcycled into wall decor a few years ago.
I love how the different shapes of the leaves add texture to the wreath.