Since I am busy moving this week, I thought I would revise a Christmas centerpiece I made and posted a couple years ago. It was easy and fun to make. The best was that it lasted for such a long time, well into January. I hope you enjoy and want to make one for yourself:
Supplies: An Oasis Wreath with a ring underneath to hold water. You can buy wreath on line here or I bought mine at a local flower shop for $12.00. Nurseries are another place to check. I tried Michael’s and other craft stores but they do not carry them. Hmm… I was surprised about that.
Greenery Branches: You can find branches outdoors (remember you are only going to use tips of branches, you do not need long stems) or you can purchase them from your local florist or nursery. Try to find two to three different kinds to mix for interest. I bought mine at local florist- $15.00 for a box of greens, boxwood (my favorite!), evergreen and pine. He even threw in some red berry branches for me! PS. Make friends with your local florist if you think you would like to start making your own stuff. A great resource!
Miscellaneous Items: Picks with wire, wire, Christmas balls and ribbon, red berries stems (backyard or florist), candles (optional), sharp knife, hammer and vase of water.
First step- soak your oasis wreath for an hour in warm water.
Meanwhile, lay all your supplies out together on a large surface. Yes, it is going to make a big mess!
The first items I got ready for wreath were the branches. I cut a top of pine branch off with knife (never scissors because scissors squeeze the end closed and the flowers can not drink):
Then layer with another type of greenery:
And then another type of branch. Here I used the boxwood in front.
After you arrange a pleasing little group of greens, hold tight on the bottom and wrap wire around to hold them together. I then cut the ends short and because they are hardwood, I smashed the ends with a hammer (which helps branches drink easier) and stuck in a vase of water until I was ready to begin the construction of my wreath.
After I put four green clusters together, I started sticking in wreath sideways.
Then I stuck the other three bundles in wreath form opposite each other. If you think the branches are sticking to far out from side, cut off more of the stem to desired length.
I could have put more branch bundles in, but I decided to try and fill in with individual branches to see how it would come out.
See how it is filling up on the side? It was easy to take different pieces of the different branches and stick in to make appear fuller. After I filled the whole wreath this way, I wanted to decorate it up a little with color. The fun part!
So I took some picks,
And wrapped and twisted the wire around Christmas balls and pieces of ribbon:
And inserted the stick ends into the wreath.
I am sooooooo proud of myself!!! It looks pretty good, don’t you think? Now if I can do it, I know you can too. I had such a good time making it. Do you know how expensive these pieces are to buy?? Very! This wreath only cost me about $30.00 to make. If I wasn’t so lazy and got outside to cut branches from the yard, it could have been much less.
I am so happy how it came out! What else can I make??
Comments? Would you like to see more projects?
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