you can find all materials in nature,
only the gluesticks and some optional decorations cost a few bugs.
Your not forced to do this as a wreath, you could use the same technique for a rectangular or maybe a star shaped centerpiece.
Hope you like it :)
Step 1: Materials
14 ft ( 4metres) of thin branches (diameter ca 0,5 inch and less) i chose willow because it growes back very quickly.
some small pinecones
moss (Cladonia rangiferina) dries very quickly, (if you can't find it there's some in your craft store :P)
Gluegun (3-4 sticks needed)
secateurs for the branches
pen and paper
protractor (what a word)
Optional for decoration:
gold/silver spray paint
pearl-garland and a candle
Step 2: Measuring
and draw with help of the protractor 4 lines that cross each other in an 45° angle (see the picture)
now you can draw 2 (outer and inner) circles from the middle as big as you want your wreath.
Draw a octagon ( simply draw lines from the points where the lines cross your circles)
measure the lenght of the lines -hard to explain in english but you'll figure it out i'm sure!
Know you know how long you have to cut your branches .
In my case it was an outer diameter of 30cm (11,8 inches) and the length of the line were about 11,5cm (4,5inches)
the inner length was 7cm (2,76 inches).
Step 3: Cutting an Glueing
4 pieces outer length
4 pieces outer length plus 2cm ( 1inch)
4 pieces inner length
4 pieces inner length plus 2cm ( 1inch)
It's now rocket science and the pieces don't need to be very accurate.
example: for my wreath it was:
4x 11,5cm (4,5inches)
4x 13,5cm (5,31 inches)
4x 7cm (2,76 inches)
4x 9cm (3,54 inches)
Now lay the pieces on your drawn octagon as shown on the pictures glue them together
I glued the longer pieces on top of the short ones, but i think it doesn't matter.
Step 4: More Cutting and Glueing
now it should be quite sturdy.
cut all your remaining branches into random pieces, long, short , thin, thick - much variation makes it nice,
glue the pieces randomly on your octagons - the should cross and always be glued on two points for maximum strength.
keep going until you are pleased with the hight and look of the costruction.
It's a very sturdy construction now.
Step 5: Add Moss
keep going until you're pleased with the result.
you can add more later so don't overdo it.
Step 6: Pinecones
thats optional it looks even great if you leave them as they are.
glue the cones to the wreath as desired, i chose to glue a medium sized and a small one together.
Step 7: Some Optional Decor
i Choose to add some pearls of a christmas-garland i already have since 10years :o)
to do so, light a candle and melt the thread on the end of the garland
take the scissors and cut single pearls.
add them randomly to the wreath.
More things you could add: