Between rain storms, I’ve been cleaning my garden. With all the wind we’ve been having, it is a mess right now. Little twigs from my birch tree are constantly falling.
Recently I raked some of the twigs into a pile.
They reminded me of a fun, crazy twig wreath that I’d seen recently at my favorite nursery – a wreath that was way out of my budget.
So I decided to try making my own. And I found out that it’s easy.
Securing the Twigs
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I bundled handfuls of twigs together with wire and attached them to a wreath form – again using wire. I tried to space the bundles evenly around the wreath form.
I didn’t worry about concealing the wire. You’ll see why later.
I should have worn gloves. Between handling the twigs and bending the wire, my hands took a beating. I used a wire we had on hand, but in the future I’ll probably use this florist wire instead since it’s made specifically for floral projects.
Taming the Monster
I ended up with a monster. I loved it. But it was way too wide to hang on our door.
So I pruned it with garden shears. I didn’t want it to look too neat, so I tried not to prune it too evenly.
Now it would fit on the door. But the wires still needed to be concealed.
Concealing The Wires
The wreath I’d seen at the nursery had chartreuse preserved reindeer moss circling the center. So I would do the same.
I started out using greening pins but, for the amount of moss that I needed to attach, that got tedious very quicky. So I wound up using good old fashioned Elmer’s Glue to attach the moss to the wreath. It worked fine, and I’ve read that Elmer’s is biodegradable.
And since the wreath will hang in a protected area where it won’t get wet, the glue should hold.
My wreath looks just like the one I’d seen at the nursery.
I wasn’t sure if a dark twig wreath would look right against our charcoal colored door. But I like it.
I could add a few pieces of spring or Easter decor to the wreath. Or not. I kind of enjoy it the way it is.
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