Wreath making is a fun hands-on activity to kick off the Holiday Season! Our Assistant Creative Director and flower expert, Christa Rose Lipinski, is here to show us how to create a fresh winter wreath that will last you all season long!
Trader Joe's is truly the best when it comes to prices on flowers and greenery! During the Holidays, they carry bundles of fresh holiday greens and berries. Often times you can find better prices at Trader's than you can find at the Floral Mart (crazy, I know!). Christa ended up with 4 bunches of mixed Holiday Greens at $4.99 each ($20 total)... not too shabby!
Our next stop was Michaels to grab a grapevine wreath base. Grapevine wreaths come in a number of sizes but Christa prefers to stick with the 18" size.
Side note: Typically, you can get the grapevine wreaths without any flocking on it but they were sold out so Christa went with the flocked wreath.
Christa recommends separating the bundles of mixed holiday greens into piles of greenery variety so that you can easily see what you have to work with. If you notice you only have a few stems of one variety, make sure you disperse them evenly throughout the wreath (ie: if you only have 3 stems of Holly, make a mental note that you will have to disperse them equally apart as you are making the wreath). The best part about using a grapevine wreath as your base is that you won't need to wire or glue any of the greens or berries. Amen!
Take a stem of greens and insert the branch through the area that is wrapping around the grapevine base. If you give the wreath a little shake, the greens should be secure enough in the base to not fall out. Continue to add your greens in the same manner and in the same direction until your wreath is completely covered in greens and berries.
Tip: Hold up your wreath after every three or so stems that you've added to ensure it's taking proper shape and size.
Be sure to alternate the variety of greens and berries that you are using so that your wreath is nice and even. You will quickly realize that your wreath is way bigger than the grapevine base if you decide not to trim any of the branches. If you recall, Christa started with an 18" base and ended up with a 40" wide wreath once she was finished. If you want a smaller wreath, you will need to trim the branches down before you insert them in to the wreath base.
Any pine cones or dried "extras" should be saved for the very end. To add a pine cone, take floral wire and twist it around the base of the pine cone. Once the wire is on the pine cone, secure the other end of the wire to the wreath. Christa spray painted these pine cones with a light dusting of matte gold and gold glitter paint for a little extra pizzazz. She says to go for a walk and become inspired to see what can be added to a winter wreath by looking to see what has fallen to the ground under trees outside. She often will add dried cotton, eucalyptus pods and magnolia pods to her wreaths.
Once you have added all the "extras," hang your wreath up somewhere you and others will enjoy it the most. Take a moment to make sure everything is laying correctly and make adjustments as necessary. You may also need to spin the wreath around a few times to see which part you prefer to be the "top" of the wreath. Your wreath should last you all throughout the winter season. The greens will eventually start to dry out but don't worry, it will still look pretty!