The Wreath That The Storm Blew In

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.

The Result

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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More On Twig Wreaths

With twig wreaths, the possibilities are endless.  Now I want to try grapevines, pussywillows, and even bamboo.

One place I’m looking to for inspiration is Etsy, where the artists are offering so many beautiful handmade twig wreaths that put mine to shame.


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10 Replies to “The Wreath That The Storm Blew In”

  1. Heidi, while I live on the other side of the country , I too have a big beautiful birch tree on my property. I love it but it really does drop a lot of twigs. I get my best exercise picking up twigs on the weekend! I always thought they were beautiful and that I could do something with them. What a great idea. It’s kind of cool to use twigs from your yard that wind up hanging on your door as a piece of art.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. You’re welcome, Susan! It took quite a few of the twigs to make my wreath, so it’s a good use for them. I think it’s fun to find ways to use garden clippings in decor. And the possibilities are endless.

    1. Thanks Kris! It is kind of fun that the twigs are hanging in a wreath about 50 feet from the three they came from. Hope you have a happy week too!

    1. Thanks Sharon! It was fun to have the main material on hand and straight from my garden – something I would have otherwise sent out with my compost bin.

    1. Thanks Debbie! Yes it will be interesting to see how long this wreath will work for me by just adding a few things as the seasons change.

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