I love the scent of fresh evergreens as Christmas!
So, I generally add a fresh Christmas wreath to my front door for the holidays.
The typical fresh Christmas wreath, while beautiful can be expensive.
Because of the expense for a large fresh evergreen wreath, I choose to make my own.
It’s a great way of welcoming holiday guests, and it’s a feast for your eyes and well as that fantastic scent!
Today I’ll share how to create your own beautiful fresh Christmas wreath with this step-by-step guide!
If you enjoy making things with your own two hands, this is a great and easy project that you can complete in less than 30 minutes.
Plus, the results look stunning and will make your home feel extra festive for the winter holidays!
In addition, it’s economical too if you us fresh greens from your own garden.
And if you don’t have any fresh evergreen trees or shrubs, ask a neighbor or friend if you can clip a few.
Follow these simple steps to create a gorgeous and festive holiday wreath that will look great for winter season.
How long will a fresh wreath last?
A fresh Christmas wreath is typically a beautiful and festive addition to your home during the winter holidays.
However, one of the biggest questions that many people have is how long it will last before needing to be replaced or refreshed.
Generally speaking a fresh wreath will last 3-8 weeks depending where it is displayed.
In warm conditions, like in a warm climate or in your home it will be more like 3 weeks.
But in colder climates where it is hung outdoors it can last up to 8 weeks.
However, there are some things that you can do to help extend the life of your wreath and keep it looking beautiful for as long as possible.
Some tips include making sure to keep your wreath out of direct sunlight, misting the stems every 2 or 3 days will help keep them hydrated and displaying your wreath in a cool location.
In addition you can add a anti-desiccant spray.
By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your fresh Christmas wreath will last as long as possible and help to get the most out of your holiday decor this year!
How to Keep Your Evergreen Wreath Fresh
If you want your wreath to stay looking fresh and beautiful for as long as possible, there are some tips and tricks that you can follow.
- Soak fresh greens in room-temperature bath for several hours, up to 24 hours before arranging.
- Apply an Anti-Desiccant spray.
- Keep fresh wreath out of direct sunlight.
- Mist the greens every 2-3 days.
- Hang wreath in a cool area.
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What Greenery to Use for Wreaths?
When it comes to making a fresh evergreen wreath for the holidays, there are a number of different types of greenery that you can use.
Some of the most popular options include fir and pine branches, holly berries and leaves, cedar sprigs and boughs, eucalyptus, and magnolia leaves and branches.
In my fresh Christmas wreath I love to mix a few different evergreens.
My favorites are Juniper, blue spruce, mugo pine and boxwood, mainly because that’s what’s in my garden.
But the Juniper is my all time favorite, I love the softness of the branches as well as the beautiful blue berries.
In fact, some years I will only use the Juniper branches
Layering different types of greenery creates a truly unique wreath that reflects your personal style and taste.
Supplies for an Evergreen Wreath
When making a fresh Christmas wreath, there are a number of different supplies that you will need in order to create and care for your wreath.
First off you need wire, wire cutter, sturdy wreath form, scissors or pruning sheers and greenery of choice.
You may also want to consider using other decorative elements like ornaments, ribbon and bows, pinecones and berries, depending on the look and style that you are trying to achieve.
You’ll want to choose a good and sturdy wreath frame that will support the weight of your pine boughs.
This is generally a one time purchase as it can be reused from year to year.
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First secure the wire to the wreath frame.
Simply twist the wire together, securing it at one of the crossbars of the frame.
Attach Fresh Evergreens
Select one of the piece of greenery and lay it on the wreath form.
Then begin wrapping the paddle wire around the greenery 2 to 3 times securing it to the wreath form.
I keep my greenery around 12″ long, but you may need some smaller pieces for filling in areas as well.
In fact, I keep a pile of greenery already cut as I begin to attach it to the form.
Then select another piece of greenery and attach it in the same way.
If you are using more than one type of evergreen, alternate greens and continue to secure with wire to the wreath frame.
Keep one continuous strand of wire wrapping the entire wreath.
That’s why I like to use paddle wire, you can easily unwind it as needed.
At the end of the season, when I’m ready to dispose of the greens, you can simply clip the wire in one place and it will all unwind.
Then discard the boughs and store the wire frame for the next year.
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Continue adding the fresh greenery until it meets up with where you began.
Finally to complete the wreath, the last few stems of greens will be tucked in behind the first piece you placed.
After the last few pieces of the fresh greens are secured into place, flip the wreath over with the back side facing you.
Clip the wire leaving a piece that is about 12″ long.
Then secure the wire, to the wreath frame.
When secure, clip off the remaining wire with wire cutters and discard it.
Fill in with Additional Green, Berries or Embellishments
Now it time to look at your wreath, see if it’s balanced and add in any additional fresh greens it needed.
I decided I also wanted to add boxwood to my wreath, so I tucked them in between the pine and juniper branches along with a few berry springs.
Also if you find a few branches are to long, take your pruning shears and shape the wreath as well.
Add Bow or Ribbon
Finally if you’d like, add a pretty bow or ribbon.
For a more modern look, I decided to add ribbon streamers this year.
I just took a several lengths of a variety of grosgrain ribbon, secured them together with wire and then attached them to the wreath.
I really love the look of layering in different greens.
And you can see that this can be put together quickly.
Whether you are looking for a simple and elegant way to decorate your home this holiday season, or you want to create a stunning wreath that will impress all of your friends and family, learning how to make an evergreen wreath is the perfect option.
By taking the time to choose the right materials, following proven steps, and care for your wreath properly, you can ensure that your fresh Christmas wreath lasts for weeks and possible 2 months.
And with so many beautiful options to choose from, there is sure to be a perfect evergreen wreath just waiting for you to create it!
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