- Large metal wreath frame. (I got mine at Michaels with a 50% off coupon, so it was only $2.)
- Florist wire. (I got mine at Michaels for under $2.)
- Evergreen branches from the neighborhood trees. (I gathered about 2 grocery bags' worth, but I had a lot of branches left over, so maybe 1 or 1.5 bags full is enough.)
- Real red berries or artificial berries.
- Optional: Pinecones and ribbon.
- Pruning shears to cut the branches and the wire.
- Garden gloves to protect your hands as you work.
Gather 2-3 stems of your evergreen branches. Layer them on top of the metal frame. I had two kinds of evergreen available and I put the prettier/denser one on top. Use a long strip of florist wire to twist-tie the branches securely to the metal frame.
If you had real berry branches worked into the wreath. It will look amazing and be finished. If you don't have any real berry branches, you can use fake red berries. I had a bunch of random red berries left from previous wreaths. Some of these berries fell off of Christmas tree decorations, I think...
Honestly, you could just leave the wreath without any additions. It looks really nice with just the evergreen branches.
I wrapped my berries with wire and tied them to branches, weaved them into the branches, etc. Then I adjusted them so that they were more visible.
If you have pine cones, you can wrap them with wire and tie them in too.
Now, if you have some big ribbon, you can tie it on and make a bow. I rather liked mine without any other additions so I left it.
Here is a second wreath that I made a few days later. I found some real berries to include with the fake berries, so I tied them down with each cluster of branches. I also included some other random branches that had small, oval leaves and tiny red berries.
I hope you will have fun making your own wreath too!
Don't forget to post photos of your finished work on the Flickr page here.