Wreaths and Swags

Create a eye-catching complement for your front door or interior décor.
Moss-Covered Wreath

What You Need:

Cover the base of the wreath with
moss, ribbon, or dried leaves.

  • Foam wreath base
  • 6 inches of heavy floral wire
  • 22-gauge wire
  • Hotmelt adhesive
  • Green reindeer moss
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Berry sprays
  • Greening pins
  • 7 loop satin-ribbon bow
  • Assorted flowers
  • Floral tape
  • Pick tool
  • Steel pick
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Step 1

1. For a hanger, cut a length of heavy floral wire 6 inches long, make a "U" shape, then bend the wire prongs at a 90 degree angle. Push the hanger into the foam 1/2 inch from the edge of the wreath and secure with hotmelt adhesive. Glue green reindeer moss onto the wreath using a glue gun and hotmelt adhesive.

Step 2

2. Cut the stems of several berry sprays various lengths, and attach them into the foam base using greening pins. Be sure to bend each spray so that it follows the curve of the wreath. All floral elements should radiate out from the point where the bow attaches, with the larger flowers near the bow.

Step 3

3. Trim the stems of three dominant blooms to measure 3 inches. Insert the stems directly into the foam at the top of the wreath, covering the ends of the berry sprays. Make a 7-loop satin bow. Secure the bow with 22-gauge wire, and insert the bow into the top of the wreath between two of the dominant blooms. Leave the tails of the bow long, and cut them off once you've completed the wreath.

Step 4

4. Clip large color-coordinated leaves from a silk greenery bush. Wrap the leaves around a single bloom filler flower and hold together with hot glue. Wrap the stem with floral tape and cut the stem to the desired length. Using a hand-held pick tool, attach a steel pick to the stem and insert it into the wreath as desired. If you do not have a hand-held pick tool, use wooden wired picks.

5. Add small amounts of the remaining berry spray by clipping the berries and attaching steel picks. Fill in all spaces with berries. Cut the ribbon to the desired length, and attach the tails of the bow to the bottom of the wreath with small dabs of hot glue.

Note: Use minimal amounts of hot glue, as it will cause spots on the ribbon.

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