Easy and pretty way to add that Christmas cheer to your home with DIY fresh Christmas wreath with pine leaves. Its natural & definitely a sustainable one 🙂
So Christmas is came and went, its already 2019! How fast time flies. Do you even remember what you did the entire last year? I mean doesn’t it feel like it was just yesterday that you took down your last Christmas tree? Its time to take down my tree as well but this year I want to definitely post on all the stuffs I made for Christmas, even if it takes till middle of February by when I finish it 😛 I had drafted this post way before Christmas but never got around transferring the pics from camera so here goes the post, taking you back to Chritmas time 🙂
The weather here has changed so much from what it used to be years back when I first came here. I can say I am experiencing winter after all. A few sprays of snow would be nice too 😛 We just put up our Christmas tree yesterday and I cant wait to add more of Christmas cheer to my house and fill the air with carols and scents of pine 😉 So this year, I decided to make a wreath (or maybe more :P) for my house and can you see I am excited? Lets jump into the tutorial then but don’t forget to catch up with me on Instagram and get a sneak peak of all the behind the scene activities 🙂
Materials required to make DIY Fresh Christmas wreath with Pine leaves :
- Pine leave/branches
- Embroidery hoop or any circular frame
- Metal wires/twines
How make DIY Fresh Christmas wreath with Pine leaves :
If you search online you will land in tonnes of pretty projects and tutorials on how to easily make a wreath but they are all going to cost you a BOMB if you are in India! So here is my tried and tested easy way to make real fresh wreaths in India without spending so much money!
Choosing your foliage right is the first step towards it. If you are making this wreath just few days before Christmas, then I guess any pretty leaves would work well and stay green for a few days. But if you are like me and want to put it up for a whole of the December month, then choose some sort of evergreen leaves. I am using leaves of cooks pine which is sort of an easy tree to find in tropical countries like India. You can otherwise also go for cypress or thuja leaves which again are fantastic foliage plants that are commonly available.
Get an embroidery hoop in the size you want your wreath to be. As an alternative, you can also open up an aluminium cloth hanger and make in circular frame shape. But I prefer embroidery hoop as it has a better frame thickness and holds the leaves together. Start with taking out the leaves from the branches, in bunches preferably so that you don’t have to tie up each and every needle/leaf one by one. I just kept tying the leaves one over the other in layers, not really taking time to tidy it up at every step.
Start off with tying up the first bunch over the embroidery hoop and secure it tightly with a metal floral wire or a twine. Keep the next bunch of leaves, aligned in the same direction as the previous one, partly covering the first bunch.Secure this one as well and repeat the same procedure with next bunches till you complete the circle. Since the leaves arent of same length, the wreath might not look even right away but you can tidy it up after you cover the entire hoop.
The leaves were falling outside when I kept it in vertical position and I wasn’t really liking it. I had imagined more of an neat & tight wreath so I tied up the leaves at several positions to give it a neat look instead of letting it fall outward. But its totally optional as to how you want the wreath to look at the end.
Once the base is done, choose the clumsiest portion of the wreath and that will be the point from where it hangs and also the point where a giant bow is going to hang from so that your flaws are hidden.
A bow kind of adds symmetry to the wreath I think so it was going to be definitely at the center for me but I have also seen really pretty wreaths with bows at bottom left/right sides etc so its really your wish.
I had some pretty reddish wire pollens and I secured them to the pine needles , distributing them evenly all over the wreath. Since red was already prominent, I added a golden bow at the top and yep that is it. Done and dusted. Pretty cool right?
If you do not have any natural set of leaves, a tinsel garland is going to do the exact same job but with a extra dose of glitz and glamour 😀 Hope you enjoyed this tutorial 🙂 Show me your DIY Fresh Christmas Wreath too 🙂