The £2.50 [yes... two pounds and fifty pence] Christmas wreath!? How on earth? They are so pretty, ha?
That's how much the big bunch of fresh Eucalyptus cost me. The rest was bits and pieces i found around the house. The great thing is, Eucalpytus dries well too! So, you don't even have to worry about oasis and such. Besides, the look i wanted was fresh, organic with understated elegance. They make such pretty decorations around the house.
Eucalyptus are in season so there's a chance you will get the same deal as me. Hayden and i went to the market for these. I chose them one by one and gathered a big bunch. With these bunch, i made one big wreath and two little ones and the leftovers, i will use for finishing touches on wrapped presents.
I'm the kind of person that holds sentiments with certain things which causes some mild hoarding issues at times. A friend of ours sent me a gorgeous flower arrangement when Hayden was born. In this arrangement, were twigs that have dried well. I kept them ever since. Who knew, these twigs would come in very handy for me this Christmas? I think it adds that little sentiments to the wreaths itself. I also used some thin wires which i found in the garage and some twines from my bits & bobs box.
What you will need...
Fresh Eucalyptus | Twigs | Thin Wires | Scissors | Pliers & Cutters | Ribbons or Twines [for hanging]
Let's get started!
Start with the twigs which is the base. When choosing twigs to use, make sure they are pliable. You need to be able to bend it and depending on the size of your twigs and the size of the wreath you are trying to achieve, you could form either a full circle or just semi-circle and make joints using some thin wires. See photos above and below.
Once your base is ready [check for strength as you wouldn't want it to snap out of place], a branch at a time, start laying down some eucalyptus next to it. This will help you get an idea in choosing where the top of the foliage ends. Bend the eucalyptus very gently to follow the curves of the twig. Use the wire to hold them in position if needs be especially the thicker end of the branch. Where possible, you can loosely wrap the foliage around the twigs [just once]. This will help with putting them into place.
Once you have your desired shape and look, you can use a ribbon or twine to hang them and you're done! Wasn't that the easiest thing?
I made a small one for Hayden's play house and it looks so pretty in there. He keeps pointing to it and saying ''mine..''. I'm taking it that he loves! :)
They also makes perfect table centre pieces! Just add some candles in the middle. :)