Step 1: Modern Ingredients
After some coffee fueled browsing, we decided on the above ingredients: bright and delicate greens and unusual 'living' color pops that would make a wreath color correct for the season, but unique and in keeping with my modern aesthetic.
1. Grevillea foliage - x 1 bunches
2. Heavenly Bamboo - x 1 branch
3. Leucadendron - x 5
4. Dried Bougainvillea - x 1 branch
5. Earth Star (bromeliad) - x 1 in a 2 1/2 inch pot
6. Pin Cushion flowers - x 2
7. Poppy pods - x 6
8. Redwood (sequoia sempervirens) sprigs - x 1 bunch
*Quantities listed above are for one wreath made on an 8" wreath frame. If you'd like to make a bigger wreath, buy a larger wire frame, up the greens quantities accordingly and follow the same instructions as for the 8".
If you have trouble finding the above from your local nursery or florist, choose things you're drawn to. Just make sure you have a variety of colors and shapes/sizes - at least two different smallish spriggy greens and a few hardy flower/succulent/bromeliads (something that will last and keep looking good out of water or is dried).
Step 2: Prep Your Greens
Step 3: Hardware Needs
- one 8" wreath ring
- gardening shears
- 24 gauge / 1/4 lb paddle wire
- wire cutters
You can get the first three things at any nursery or florist supply shop and the cutters at any hardware store.
Step 4: Get Wired
NOTE: You will be leaving the wire on the spool the whole time. You will not be cutting the spool off until the very end.
Step 5: Get Your Greens On
Step 6: Wrap Your Wire
Step 7: Place, Wrap, and Repeat
Step 8: Place, Wrap, and Repeat Cont...
*If you need to unwrap and re-do a portion or two, go for it! It won't hurt the greens.
Step 9: Minding the Gap
Then even more gently, wire in the last bunch by lifting the tips of the first bunch, so the wire goes underneath and doesn't show.
On your last wire wrap, stop on the underside of the frame and cut the wire from the spool so that you have a six inch tail. Pull on the tail to tighten the wrap wire and thread the tail around the outer wire of the frame two to three times to secure it. Then feed the tail under the last 'across' section of wire (like pictured) and either cut it off or tuck it into the greens.
Step 10: Finishing Touch
Pull it gently from it's small pot and remove most of the soil and roots. (see first picture above)
Cut a 10" piece of wire and pierce it through the base of the plant (as pictured). If you have trouble doing this, you can also just wrap the wire around once or twice.
If you were left with an uneven transition or pesky space where your first and last bunch meet, this would be a great place to put your Earth Star. If there wasn't a gap, you can put it anywhere you'd like!
Nestle it into the spot you've chosen and wrap the wire around the greens/frame, being careful to get it under and in between the greens so you don't flatten any out. Twist the ends to secure it in place and use your wire cutters to clip the tails.
Step 12: Thanks To Lila B. Design!
Thanks so much Baylor and the Lila B. team for helping me make what is sure to be the loveliest wreath on my block!