This berry-laden wreath looks complex, but it's really quite easy. It starts with a florist's foam wreath form, cedar sprigs, and berries.
Though we've used fresh greenery, artificial greenery will create a longer-lasting wreath with no maintenance.
Note: For best results, when made with fresh greenery, this wreath should be hung in a protected area or indoors.
Find a list of materials and how-tos below.Supplies
- Holly foliage
- Hypericum berries, twigs
- Floral foam wreath (made of oasis -- for fresh flowers)
- Sharp knife or clippers
- Florist's wire
- Smaller wreath made of grapevine or stems
- Artificial "frosted" or beaded berries
- Wide satin or grosgrain ribbon
- Submerge the foam wreath form into water and let soak thoroughly. To enhance water retention, insert a small knife, twisting slightly to create small butterfly-shaped marks into the foam. Make these cuts 3 or 4 inches apart all over the wreath. (These small holes will help funnel water into the center of the foam.)
- Using a sharp knife or garden clippers, cut up greenery into small, 4- to 6-inch sprigs. Insert greenery all over to cover the form completely. Tip: Working with one type of material at a time will help evenly distribute each variety.
- Next, cut the berries so stems are about 3 inches long and insert into the foam.
- Decorate the smaller vine wreath with artificial beaded berries and twigs, wiring or gluing these on as needed.
- Attach the smaller wreath into the center of the evergreen wreath, wiring it to the larger wreath in at least three places.
- Tie a length of wide ribbon around the top of the wreath, making a square knot at the top. Clip the ends into a wide V-shape.
- Tip: Misting daily will help keep the foam damp and the wreath fresh. However, water may spot ribbon.