Making your own wreath lets you design it just the way you want it. It’s also easier than you might think – some of these ones need nothing more than wire and a sprig of garden greenery.
Large bunch of native Daphne
Remove the two inside rings of a 40cm-diameter metal pot trivet, using bolt cutters to snip the joining pieces around the inside, keeping the outer rings joined.
Working around the ring in one direction, position foliage sprigs, securing the stems with cable ties, trimming the excess ties with pliers.
Tip: Completely cover the ring, positioning sprigs so the foliage hides the stems and ties.
Two sprigs of gum leaves (or similar from the garden)
Cut an 800mm length of tie wire, bending it into a five-pointed star shape, twisting the ends together and positioning the join at the base.
Bunch of baby’s breath flowers
Remove the frame from a vegie cage, using bolt cutters to trim as close to the wire rings as possible.
Tip: Keep the remaining rings to make other wreaths.
Position sprigs of baby’s breath around two-thirds of the ring, securing stems with cable ties, trimming the excess with pliers.
Tip: If hanging your wreath on a wall, use fasteners to suit the wall type – usually plasterboard or masonry.
Remove the centre ring of a 30cm-diameter metal pot trivet, using bolt cutters to snip the joining pieces around the inside of the middle ring, keeping the outer rings joined.
Cut the coils of rope into equal thirds with scissors. Tape the end of a length to the back of the frame, weave the rope around and over the outside of the frame, then under and over the inside of the frame, repeating to complete the length.
Tape the end of the rope to the back of the frame, tape the beginning of a new length over
it and repeat weaving, positioning the rope over the ends to hold them in place. Repeat with the remaining lengths. When the frame is covered, leave 50mm at the end to tuck into the weaving at the back.
Bunch of olive branches
Remove the frame from a vegie cage, using bolt cutters to trim as close to the wire rings as possible. Tip: Keep the remaining rings to make other wreaths.
Position small olive branches around three-quarters of the ring, securing the stems with cable ties, trimming the excess with pliers.
Dried twig branches
Use pliers to cut four 100mm lengths of tie wire. Twist a handful of dried twig branches into a circular shape, bending and weaving them together.
Secure each quarter with wire, wrapping it around the twigs firmly and bending the ends inwards.
Bunch of olive branches
Bunch of Pieris japonica
Cut a 500mm length of wire rope with bolt cutters. Arrange a handful of foliage sprigs so the stems are offset.
Working on a flat surface, position the arranged sprigs along the wire, from one end, securing the stems with cable ties, trimming the excess with pliers. Repeat with more arranged sprigs along the wire, covering the full length.
Tie fishing line onto either end of the wire to hang from the top, allowing the middle to drape.
Tip: Keep natural foliage fresh by hanging away from direct sunlight and spritzing regularly with water.
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Photo Credit: Cath Muscat