Nature is the perfect choice for decorating. Forage around in your back yard garden and you will find loads of beautiful fading flowers and foliage to work with. Making a pretty fall or winter wreath is easy.
Read further to see how quickly you can make a fall wreath for your front door, or in my case, mantle, using live, foraged cuttings.
Supplies needed: clippers, wire, various vines, berries, flowers, foliage, etc.
Cut and gather any vines that you can find to form a simple base for your wreath. I used grapevine, honeysuckle, and trumpet vine. All three are wildly growing next to our side garden. Please make sure you know what type of vine it is, we have poison ivy over there too!
Start with one long vine and make a circle tucking in the ends. Then wrap and tuck another. Keep wrapping in the rest of the vines until you are satisfied with your wreath girth. Cut off any ends and pieces you don’t like. Try not to think too hard about it, it will look great when finished.
Set your wreath aside, grab your clippers, and walk around to see what you can find. Mostly anything will work. If you don’t have a garden, head to a walking trail, or take a little drive on the back roads.
Once you’ve got all your cuttings, remove a lot of the larger leaves if you can because as they dry, most of the leaves will fall off and make a mess.
Arrange your cuttings on top of the wreath form, until you have a general idea of the way you want it to look.
Attach your wire to the back of the wreath and start wrapping each bundle or flower in place.
When finished, cut the wire leaving a 6-inch tail at the end. You will use the extra for a little cover-up trick.
Taking a few more vines, use their ends, or skinny part of the vine, to wrap around the wire and hide it.
Once hidden, flip the wreath over, and twist that extra wire around the back of those vines, holding them into place.
Doesn’t it look pretty?
Now stand back and take a look at your wreath. See if you need to add in anything…”zhuzh it up”
Cut and bundle any more flowers or berries with wire. Tuck and wrap them in until you’re satisfied.
All that is left to do now, is hang it!
The wreath’s flowers will fade and turn brown over time, but by then it will Christmas decorating season.
I hope this inspired you to go outside and look around at all of the lovely fall foliage. It’s fun when you can figure out how to bring it back and use it in your home. There is something really special about making your own decorations too.