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How To Make A Fabulous Easy Wreath For Free

I’ve been making wreaths from scavenged greenery since I was a small child, using anything from grass to ivy to palm fronds to conifer branches. This one took about 20 minutes and used nothing but the plants in my yard.

Don’t have any trees to rob from? Christmas tree lots generally give away their trimmings for free, and they make spectacular wreathes. No flowers or berries? Try using herbs, such as the rosemary accent pictured, or pinecones dropped along the street. I make a habit of taking walks just to collect artful pods and cones to later use on decorations like these.

Since they have no wire, ties, or glue, these wreathes can be composted or burned when dry. But even better: once they drop their leaves, they become a perfect base for next year’s wreaths.

Here’s how to assemble them:

Start with several long, thin (1/4-1/2 inch at the base) branches that bend easily without breaking. Willow is perfect, but conifers work well, as do fruit tree suckers. (You can use ivy, crab grass– you name it. It just won’t be as sturdy.)

Bend the longest one into a circle the desired size, starting with the thick end and winding the thin end through and around to secure the ring. Ignore the leaves or needles at this point; you won’t see them.

Gently poke the thicker end of each additional branch between the already woven ones to secure it, starting in varied places in the circle. Wind them around to strengthen each side of the wreath.

When the base feels solid and there are enough layers to poke new greens in without damaging the circle, add the filler foliage.

Use the leafy tips of shrubs and tree branches with enough “stem” to secure it; poke the twig straight through a hole in the base, pull it through until the leaves are where you want them, and in the back wind the remaining stem through another layer to hold it in place. Keep adding until the base is fairly concealed and the wreath appears full and even.

(I’ve made plenty of sparse bare-twig wreathes as well– design it how you like!)

Finally, decorate. Tuck contrasting greens and colorful accents in sporadically; try rosehips, pepper berries, cones, fruit, or dried flowers.

Wreathes make the pretty decorations year-round. Since these use only what’s growing nearby, they are a perfect way of capturing any season as a festive welcome on the front door.

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  1. Jennifer Hainstock Jennifer Hainstock
    December 14, 2014    

    Thank you. I’m going to try to make one this year.

    • December 14, 2014    

      Great! I’m sure it will be beautiful! 🙂

  2. December 14, 2014    

    So beautiful and so simple. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • December 14, 2014    

      I’m so glad you are inspired– enjoy!

  3. December 14, 2014    

    Very elegant. The rosemary is a heavenly addition.

    • December 14, 2014    

      Thank you!

  4. December 15, 2014    

    Oh that is fabulous! I’m going to bookmark this for next year. We have snow right now. I found your blog this morning by following links from Soule Mama. Glad to have found you!

    • December 15, 2014    

      Wonderful, Robin! Thank you! I’m so glad you visited– I absolutely love your blog as well! Your snowy scenes are spectacular. So glad to be in touch!

  5. December 15, 2014    

    Love this, so beautiful! Pinning to remember when green foliage appears again 😉

    • December 15, 2014    

      Thank you! Also, I love using bare twigs for light, airy winter wreaths! I’ll try to find a photo of an example.

  6. December 16, 2014    

    I have always wanted to make my own wreath. Thanks for the post 🙂

    • December 16, 2014    

      It looks like you will have lots of great materials to use– enjoy!

  7. December 17, 2014    

    Pinned! So pretty! Thanks for sharing! Now I can decorate more without spending anymore money. (o:

    • December 17, 2014    

      Thank you! Enjoy!

  8. Jen @ The Easy Homestead Jen @ The Easy Homestead
    December 22, 2014    

    What a gorgeous wreath! Thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop.


    • December 22, 2014    

      Thank you! And thanks for hosting!

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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