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