Credit: Terri Sleeper | Maine The Good Life
Credit: Terri Sleeper | Maine The Good Life

There is nothing like making your very own Christmas Wreath for your home. I love this time of year when I am able to go out onto our land and “tip” fir tips from our trees and bring them home as I contemplate the design of my wreath.

In the past, I have made wreaths in the shapes star and ovals, small and huge. This year I’ve decided to make one about on a 24-inch metal ring.

The metal rings can be purchased from any craft store, or your can make them from the old metal hangers our mom’s used to have.

Before you begin, gather all your materials together. This makes the flow of the project organized and faster. I like to have:

  • clippers,
  • a good pair of scissors (The scissors in my house are good until my husband finds them and then they turn into the tool of many functions and ends up in the garage.),
  • florist wire in either green and silver,
  • any color or size ribbon for your wreath,
  • and any embellishments you want to add.

This year I am leaving off additions to the wreath as the ribbon I picked out makes such a huge statement and I love it.

1. Create small groupings of tips

You will be making a small grouping of the fir tips gathered with your wire. Each clump should be full enough to cover the wire frame.

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Depending on the size of the frame will determine the amount of the clumps you will need to make. I make a large assortment of my fir clumps so when I begin to wire them onto the frame it does not break the rhythm.

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2. Wire the tips to the wreath frame.

You are ready to begin wiring the fir clumps to the frame. Begin with your wire and begin wrapping tightly to start the first group.

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Lay the clump on top of the wire frame and begin wrapping the wire around the base of your clump tightly. You want this to fit snug and secure.

Now begin layering the next clump on top the first and begin the process of wrapping and layering the fir to the wire frame.

3. Make sure there are no bare spots.

When you come to the end, carefully insert your last clump onto the frame and wire tightly and twist off and clip with your scissors.

At this point, I really take a hard look at the complete layout and see if there are any bare sections that needs to be fixed.

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Then I determine where I want my bow to go — on top of the wreath, the bottom or the side.

4. Cut the ribbon.

Making our bow and this is really very easy. The ribbon that I purchased is 3 inches wide and has wire on both sides so that it will hold its shape. First cut one length that will be a longer tail for your bow. Trim the ends to your liking, either angles or a “V”.

5. Tie the bow.

Leave about 12 inches for a tail, or longer is your wreath is larger than 24 inches.

Twist the ribbon and form a loop, twist again and form another loop about the same size. Continue forming the loops but make each pair a little smaller then the one before.

When you feel you have enough loops for your bow, you will want to form a center loop. At this point you will form the small loop and then twist the ribbon and again leave about a 12 inch tail.

Run a long piece of the wire through the center of the twisted ribbon and twist the ribbon on the back very tightly. Attached the other length of ribbon, and now begin pulling and forming the loops to create your final bow.

6. Attach the bow to the wreath.

Now decide where you would like to attach your bow to your wreath and then cut a long piece of wire and attach to your wreath to hang either on your front door or on your home.

This for our family is the start of the Christmas season and placing the wreath on our home gives us the feeling of how our great great grandparents would make all of their holiday decorations.

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

This post originally appeared on Terri Sleeper’s blog, Maine, The Good Life and was used with permission.