If you’ve been on pinterest looking up Christmas decor as I have….. you’ll see a lot of these wreathes and they’re gorgeous!!! I have double front doors and needed two and…. let’s be real, the cost of wreathes is pretty high. But so can the cost of materials to make them. Here is where it pays to be savvy. Look for those 40% off coupons and sales at your local craft stores. It really does pay off to be patient in this regard.
For this look a grape vine wreath base is going to be the best, there are all sorts of varieties (and even some metal geometric shapes), but the good news is, these grape vine wreathes are fairly inexpensive. Then…. I think the trick to mastering this aesthetic feel is a variety of leaf shapes and sizes…. this one has some large magnolias, eucalyptus, fern, and some other….surprisingly I didn’t use a single pine. Part of this is that the botanical shapes give it a fresh, organic feel…. and so many people have ferns as house plants, ferns just kind of reflect something we’re familiar with…. and familiarity breeds nostalgia. So aside from the shapes and sizes…. the COLOR…. you want at least 3-4 shades of green going on. This keeps things interesting both color-wise and texture-wise…. and interesting things are beautiful things. This whole world of boho/ scandinavian style that’s finally taking the world by storm is all about “artistic” elements in every day things….. and in all things art, your eyes should want to keep moving around and soaking up what it is they’re looking at. They should want to stay and linger. There should be a story…. a message… a statement…. and with this look it’s the simple, natural, being reminded of the beauty that exists all around us, all the time….
With this style of wreath you can go one of many ways…. a crooked “C” shape like I did here…. or a shallow “U” and just stick to the bottom half…. or go towards the top and drape over. The idea is that you want some “naked space”…. again….. for visual interest… a place to rest…. and the emptiness feels familiar, again, because it mimics nature, and nature is not perfect.
The kinds of greens used don’t have to just be stems…. I took a garland and cut it up, the ferns came in a “bunch”…. the gold magnolias were Christmas picks….. Really truly, this is something you can be pretty creative with.
If you’ve never made a wreath before you can attach things in a few different ways….. wiring it on (Which I do for my base layers) and then hot glue…. which works best when you have a nice surface to hot glue onto. And then also weaving stems into the wreath itself…. I’ve never yet had a wreath fall apart.
Next up……. making some stockings!!