Thursday, November 19, 2015

Antique Rose Holiday Wreath

To make this wreath you need:

• basic store-bought evergreen wreath

• branches of dried magnolia, cedar, sprigs of boxwood and a few glittery branches

• faux antique roses 

• faux spray of mini roses

• light gage florists wire

• ribbon for your bow

• red berry clusters

Before you start, turn your wreath over and create a wreath hanger with a loop of florist's wire (if there isn't a hanger already). 

I also removed the original bow and the pinecones from my store-bought evergreen wreath.

Step 1: Of all the wreaths I made this wreath had the greatest mix of branches. 

I used fresh cedar, glittery branches, dried magnolia and some boxwood that I snipped from the garden. I made each branch about 6-10" in length (most of my branches were a little longer than those shown here).

Working from the base and moving up each side of the circle, insert the branches into your wreath and allow them to catch in the mix of evergreens. You'll notice that a left a bit of a gap at the bottom for my bow.

Create a loop of florists wire to tie each branch into the wreath. This is a little fussy and time consuming, but it will make your wreath hold together better.

Step 2: 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. 

Step 3: Working your way around the wreath, insert the larger antique roses. Create a loop of florists wire to tie each branch into the wreath.

Step 4: Now insert the smaller clusters of white roses in between the larger roses. Again, create a loop of florists wire to tie each branch into the wreath.

Step 5: Insert a few red berry clusters in amongst the roses. (Note: I was able to find ready-to-go berry clusters wrapped in floral tape. If you can't find something similar, cut a larger branch of faux berries into smaller pieces that are about 6-8 inches long). 

You're wreath is done! There is nothing left to do now, but hang up your wreath and enjoy it.
Happy holidays!

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