How to make a fresh Christmas wreath

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How to Make a Fresh Christmas wreath

Making a great looking Christmas wreath is fun, easy, and inexpensive.  All you need is a coat hanger, some wire, cutters and some foraged greens.


What you will need

Metal coat hanger – the sturdier the better

Green wire

Wire cutters

Pruning shears – optional

Access to a wooded area with coniferous trees & other greens such as pine, hemlock and mountain laurel.

How to Make a Fresh Christmas wreath


First – go out and forage!

Go to a wooded forest area with coniferous trees (a friend or relative’s back yard, hiking trail or any place where you won’t get in trouble) and use your shears to snip off small green branches about 6 inches in length.  Where I live, in New England, we have lots of mountain laurel which makes a great base for a wreaths.  Hemlock and pine also make great accent greens.  Use whatever green foliage grows in your location and get creative.

How to Make a Fresh Christmas wreath

Shape the frame and start the wreath

Bend the clothes hanger into a circle and bend the hook closed. From here you will then attach your greens.

How to Make a Fresh Christmas wreathHow to Make a Fresh Christmas wreath

Cut off a length of wire with the pliers and begin wrapping each bunch onto the coat hanger frame.  Wrap the stems of each bunch tightly several times to secure them.  Overlap the stems slightly, but make sure to cut them shorter if they are too long.

How to Make a Fresh Christmas wreath  How to Make a Fresh Christmas wreath

Using mountain laurel as my primary green, and hemlock and pine accents, I used the following pattern for the Christmas wreath:

1- Mountain laurel bunch

2- Mountain laurel with Hemlock on top

3- Mountain laurel with Pine on top

4- Repeat

Continue adding these bunches until you’ve made a full circle on the frame.  You can also switch it up and make the wreath with a hemlock base or use green plants native to your area, experiment and see what looks the best from what you have available.

Almost there!  Keep going…

How to Make a Fresh Christmas wreath

Christmas wreath finished!

Dress up your wreath with things like holly 41J8ma6bI6L, lights, a bow bow, glitter or pine cones, and hang it up!

How to Make a Fresh Christmas wreath

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