What better way to welcome the change in seasons than with a refresh to your front door decor. When making wreaths in recent years, I have particularly loved switching it up from the usual grapevine or wire wreath base to using a gold hoop base. In this tutorial, eucalyptus and other decorative plants take center stage. It's an easy (and gorgeous) way to create a chic and whimsical design for your home.
Things You'll Need
12 inch hold hoop, ( 1 )
26 gauge paddle wire, 1 roll
Seeded eucalyptus pods, 1 bunch
Dried lunaria, 1 bunch
Spiral eucalyptus, 1 bunch
Protea branches, 1 bunch
Ribbon, 18 inches
First, take your paddle wire and cut a nice long piece (about one foot) and set it aside.
Next, gather your stems and cut them down into smaller pieces, roughly four inches long. Then, starting with your largest leaf to form a base, gather a couple of stems and start creating a bundle to your liking. For this example we chose hardy elements with lots of texture that will continue to dry beautifully, such as protea leaves, lunaria, seeded eucalyptus pods, and spiral eucalyptus branches.
Once you are happy with your bundle, take your piece of paddle wire and tightly bind the stems together, leaving some wire at the ends. Grab your gold hoop, and place your bundle where you would like your design to begin. (We personally love an asymmetrical design and encourage you to play around with the look you want. ) Wrap the wire around the hoop multiple times to secure the bundle in place, then twist the ends together and cut any remaining wire.
Continue making bundles, layering them on top of the previous bundle, and securing it with paddle wire onto your wreath form until you reach where you'd like to end your design.
To create a clean and finished end, create one more small bundle, flip it to go the other direction, and tuck it inside your earlier work to cover the stem ends. Take another piece of paddle wire and weave it through so you can wrap it around the gold hoop to secure your final bundle onto the wreath form.
Tip: For a more whimsical wreath, take a couple of longer stems of spiral eucalyptus and tuck them to your design, securing the stems with paddle wire on the backside.
Finally, take some of your favorite ribbon (we chose a black velour variety), create a loop, and secure it at the top of your wreath. If you went with an asymmetrical design, you'll want to place your ribbon off center to counterbalance the weight of your design.
Place on your door. With your extra greenery, feel free to make more wreaths for your family and friends — they make great gifts!