What you need:
- 1) 12 inch wire wreath frame (under $5)
- an armful of tree cuttings from 2 -3 types of trees; some brighter greens, some darker
- paddle of 26 gauge green floral wire
- 8 yards of 2.5 inch red ribbon
- decorative branches and flowers (I used silk Dusty Miller, silk Red Hydrangea, faux Pine Branch with snow and pine cones
- I used: 7 inch Red Cardinal
- heart shaped Reindeer Moss 3.5 inches Long x 2.5 inches Wide (to go under bird)
- 1 foot Long twig for bird stand (cut from tree cuttings)
- 3 inch silver Bird Nest with eggs
- silver Harp 9 inches Tall x 6 inches Wide
- Pruning sheers
- Wire cutters
- hot glue gun
- glue stick
- a pencil to push with the hot glue (instead of your fingers!)
Rated: Easy Arrangement
Making a fresh wreath is easy and fun. First buy your wire wreath frame and any ribbons, silk, and decorations that you will use. Next comes the fun part, you get to drive around and beg the guys that are freezing at the Christmas tree lots for tree cuttings. Collect some light green and some dark green cuttings. Since you can't be picky, you will have to go to a couple lots. You actually need a big armful, because when you cut them all to one size, you end up discarding some of the main stems.
Now a word of warning, even though the 12 inch wire frame looks small, it will make up to a 26 inch wreath. That's BIG!!! Cut all your greens the same length. I cut mine 12 inches. I would suggest cutting them 6 inches or 9 inches. A 26 inch wreath is REALLY LARGE. Then you will use one continuous piece of wire to wire your greens on.
So, if you've purchased your decorations, and have made the rounds begging at the tree lots, you've done your homework and we're ready.