Fall is in full bloom, and there’s plenty to celebrate about the season’s colorful and crisp days.
One way to do that is to create a wreath that combines everlasting materials with our beautiful autumn stems and picks. Stacey Twigg, of Ithaca Flower Shop in Ithaca, New York, recently showed guests at our Camp MacKenzie-Childs retreat some tips for making a wreath that will last for years to come.
Here’s what you need:
- Grapevine wreath for the base
- Fresh materials that will dry on the wreath. Stacey recommends seeded eucalyptus, tansy, yarrow, gomphrena, thistle, celosia, and oat grass. You can use dried materials if you can’t find fresh.
- Our fall picks and stems
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Courtly Check Ribbon
The first step is to sort the materials by type and cut their stems to about 4 inches long. Stacey breaks our picks and stems into smaller pieces, too.
Then, assemble a small bouquet, making it fuller if the materials are fresh because they will shrink a little as they dry. Next, using a spool of floral wire, attach the bouquet to the wreath, wrapping it through the center and around a couple of times, making sure the bouquet is secure. Then, assemble another bouquet and, slightly overlapping the first bouquet, attach it to the wreath with the wire. This process continues until the bouquets go around the wreath.
While this is the most common method of making a wreath, there are lots of variations, including leaving part of the wreath base exposed, Stacey says. You can make every bouquet the same to evenly disperse colors, or you can vary them. Our picks and stems can be put into the individual bouquets, or you can use pieces as accents. “Do what feels right to you,” Stacey says.
Ribbon can be added several ways, too, either as a single large bow or as loops that are put into each bouquet. You can also use ribbon to hang the wreath.
Your wreath can be displayed indoors or outdoors on your front door, but be sure to hang it in a protected spot if it’s outdoors. The fresh materials on it will dry within a couple of weeks, making this the perfect project for your Thanksgiving decor.
To keep your wreath looking good for years to come, store it in a dry spot, away from sunlight. Stacey recommends putting it in a box with a little tissue paper to cushion it.