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We're mixing things up this holiday season with an asymmetrical wreath that juxtaposes traditional elements like pine cones and winter greens with more modern items, like pampas grass. The base starts with a store-bought grapevine wreath, which we've disassembled to create a more wild and unruly shape. By concentrating the florals to one side, and leaving the rest of the wreath bare, we've given a simple and stylish update to a well-loved winter decor staple.
Things You'll Need
Pampas grass, (2 stems)
Winter greens (we used pine and eucalyptus)
Pine cones, (3)
There is a thick piece of vine coiled around the grapevine wreath that binds it all together. Use garden shears or pliers to clip it.
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Uncoil the vine you clipped and remove it from the wreath.
You should be able to pull apart the grapevine wreath to create two to three individual wreaths. It may be necessary to clip a few vines here or there to separate them. Don't worry if the individual wreaths aren't perfectly round, or if there are branches that protrude out, as we're aiming for an organic, asymmetric shape.
Place two stems of pampas grass on one side of the wreath, placing one stem slightly higher than the other, and wrap floral wire around them to attach them to the wreath.
Create little floral bundles by layering a few stems of winter greens together and tying them at the bottom with floral wire. We used pine and seeded eucalyptus because they're both wonderfully fragrant and hold their shape well when dried.
Attach several bundles to the wreath, concentrating them only on the side with the pampas grass, until you create the overall shape you want. We positioned the bundles towards the bottom of the wreath facing one direction, and then switched directions on the bundles near the pampas grass.
Once you've established the overall shape, attach smaller individual sprigs of greenery on top of the bundles, tucking them directly into the grapevines or wires. Continue until you've achieved the desired fullness and have concealed the floral wire from the larger bundles.
To create a nice focal piece, attach some pine cones to the wreath. Begin by twisting floral wire around the base of the pine cone, leaving long tails you can tie onto the wreath.
Twist the wire tails from the pine cone around the wreath several times until it's firmly attached, and then clip any excess wire. We clustered three pine cones together at the bottom of the wreath.
For a festive finishing touch, tie a length of ribbon around the wreath, leaving long tails that trail below it. We tied a simple knot versus a bow, in keeping with our minimal style.
Now hang the wreath and stand back to see if you need to make any adjustments. We pulled a couple of vines loose from the wreath shape so they'd stick out and create more of that unruly look.
We just love the modern edge this wreath brings to your holiday decor.