On our way back from Southern California, we stopped on the side of the road for lunch and I took this opportunity to get the supplies I needed for a project I had in mind.
Inspired by Max Turk's creations, I had been meaning to give wreath making a try.
So while Octave was preparing lunch, I grabbed a knife and a bag and went for a stroll to forage. I had no idea about how much greenery I would need and pretty much eyeballed it. My advice: take more than what you think you'll need. A wreath can never be too crowded, and, worst case scenario, you'll have enough supplies to make a second one and give it to a friend or neighbor!
Back home, I unwrapped my bounty and tried a couple designs on the floor of the living room.
Some people create the wreath by making a circle of branches. Others like to use wire to secure the strands around the wreath. I chose the easy route and found frames for 75 cents each at SCRAP, my local second-hand artist's supplies store and decided to just use some cotton thread to wrap the straw around the frame.
The end result looks nothing like what I had in mind, but I'm happy about where trial and error took me.
FORAGED WREATH DIY
Wreaths are a great way to decorate your home on a budget at any given season. They're common for the end of the year celebrations but can be created at any time of the year to bring the look and smell of nature into your home!
Active time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours
- Seasonal greens
- Wire wreath form or frame
- Forage seasonal greens.
- Arrange your greens on a flat surface and test various patterns.
- Tie a knot around the frame.
- Roll the thread around the greens all around the frame to create a base.
- Slip bits and pieces to cover the thread and create a pattern.
- Hang your wreath and take a step back.
- Add more greenery to create balance.
- Enjoy the view and the smell of your creation as long as you deem necessary.
For this wreath, I foraged crested wheatgrass, sagebrush, and rabbitbrush in Southern Oregon. But any kind of greenery will do. Go for a hike and work with what nature offers you. The secret is to have some thicker material for the base (to cover the frame) and tons of little bits (dried berries, pine cones) to use as ornaments). After you take your wreath down at the end of the season, compost the greenery, reuse the thread, and store the frame for the next season.
Have you ever made your own wreath? What did you use? I want to see pictures (tag me on social media so I can see them)!