STEP 1: CHOOSE WOOD TYPES SUITABLE FOR WREATH FRAMES
If you have trees growing on your land, you can go out and collect your boughs (or saplings) for wreath making, so long as they’re the right type!
Cedar, willow, dogwood, poplar and birch are all excellent options. But stay away from tree types that release resin (pine, spruce, fir) or have sticky buds (like cottonwood). Why? Because if your wreath is hanging against a wall, window or door, these boughs will likely leave resin or sap behind. And it’s very difficult to get off!
STEP 2: HOW TO HARVEST YOUR MATERIAL
Grab a pair of pruning shears (you can get some here), your winter coat and head outdoors. Using your shears, begin cutting and collecting limbs (or saplings). Try to take as much as you can from each bough! Longer branches are easier to work with and you’ll need less of them to complete a wreath.
That being said, you don’t want the base of your bough to be more than ½ inch (1.5 cm) in diameter. Go bigger than this and you won’t be able to shape or bend the wood fibers without breaking the branch.
STEP 3: CREATE THE SIZE AND SHAPE YOU WANT
If you live in a very cold climate, give your branches time to warm up before attempting to work with them. They’ll be more pliable! But once you’re ready, it’s time to begin creating your frame!
This is where you’ll want floral wire (grab some here). Take two branches and overlap them by about 1/3 of their length. Twist the ends around one another, then wire each end into place.
Do the same with the other ends, adjusting them to create the circle size you desire for your wreath.
STEP 4: ADD TO YOUR WREATH
Continue weaving wood boughs around your frame, as best you can. Stagger the placement of the branches large ends, so you don’t have extra outward force in one area.
Don’t worry if branch ends are sticking out all over, making your wreath frame unsightly. You’ll trim them up later! In this stage, you just want to keep adding boughs, until you’re happy with the thickness of your wreath.
STEP 5: TRIM ENDS AND TIDY UP
Once you’re happy with how your wreath looks, go ahead and use your pruning shears one last time. Trim off all the ends that are poking out from the frame.