wreathcollagebefore this project, my only experience with wreath making was as a young child, ambling around michigan wilderness with my dad cutting down dried grapevines.  that probably wasn’t legal, but such are the risks we take in the spirit of diy.  fortunately, that clever martha put out a version in her november 2012 issue of living that requires no breaking of laws or wielding of knives, and won’t die at the end of the season.  all you need is:

  • glue gun
  • wreath form (looks like a wooden circle.  i got mine at michaels for about $3)
  • tapioca wood flowers, which i have never come across before or since.  retailers include jamali garden  which is suggested in the magazine, and so of course is on back order for several varieties.  also, unless you live in manhattan, they nail you with nasty shipping costs.  i got mine here with more selection and more reasonable shipping.  i got 4 packages of 12 flowers, each about 2-3″ in diameter, for a wreath form about 18″ in diameter.
  • a sprig of berries with wire stems (optional)
  • ribbon or sawtooth hanger to affix to your door

it felt a little ridiculous to make a tutorial for this, since all you do is hot glue the flowers onto the wreath form.  i laid mine out before gluing to visualize it.  getting a variety of different flowers gives it a more textured appearance.  after all the flowers were in place, i just glued some berries in there at the end, and twisted them around the flowers.  lastly, i glued a sawtooth picture hanger on the back to hang it on the door.  the whole process took less than 20 minutes, and costs less than a seasonal wreath the same size.

i love seeing all the big, festive evergreen wreaths and garlands this time of year as much as the next person, but our personal taste is a bit more understated.  considering two children under 3 chose our ornaments and our tree thus looks more at home in a mardi gras parade than our living room, a wreath on the simpler side is a nice balance.

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