Saturday, December 6, 2014

Fruit and Berries Evergreen Wreath How-to

To make this wreath you need:

• basic store-bought evergreen wreath

• sharp scissors or pruners to cut branches

• wire cutters

• light gage florists wire

• floral pics

• white craft paint and small artist's brush

• low heat glue gun and glue sticks

• faux red and faux orange berry branches (I used one large branch of each)

• boxwood cuttings about 6" in length (I trimmed a few boxwood sprigs from my garden even though this is not a great time of year to be pruning box. You can also often find swags of boxwood in stores during the holidays.)

• 6 pinecones

• faux mini red and yellow mini-apples (found at Michaels craft store)

• spool of red satin ribbon (4 yard spool of 1.5" wide ribbon)


Insert some boxwood sprigs, dogwood branches into your wreath and allow them to catch in the mix of evergreens. 

Take a large stem of faux red berries and cut the stem into several smaller branches. (I made mine 6-10" in length)

Take some white craft paint and dry-brush "snow" onto the pinecones. Allow the paint to dry. 

Cut a length of light gage florist's wire (approx. 10-12"). Wrap the florist wire around the base of your pinecone and twist a knot to close the wire around the pinecone's base. 

Take the extra lengths of wire and poke them through the evergreen wreath. Twist the loose ends of wire at the back of the wreath into a knot to fix the pinecones to the wreath.

Apply a dab of hot glue to the bottom of the yellow and red mini-apples (I found mini-apples at Michaels craft store). 

Insert a florist's pic into the hot glue and hold it for a minute or so until the glue sets.

Insert the finished apple pics into the wreath. 

Make a bow. Turn it over and run a length of florist's wire through the bow's centre knot. 

Poke the ends of the wire through the wreath and twist a knot on the wreath's reverse side to fix the bow in place. 

Trim away any excess wire with your wire cutters. Turn the raw ends of wire back into the wreath so 
you won't get cut when you hang your wreath. 

Create a wire loop to hang the finished wreath and enjoy the holidays!

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