How to Make a Birch Branch Wreath

A twiggy birch wreath embellished with rusty jingle bells lends its free-flowing, casual form to your front door during the Christmas season. A mix of Ming pine and fir sprays studded with pine cones completes the look. A metallic bow layered atop a burlap bow adds textural interest to this holiday wreath.

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Materials

  • 30-inch wispy birch wreath
  • Faux ming pine sprays with attached pinecones
  • Faux fir sprays
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Florist's wire
  • 2-1/3 yards of 4-inch-wide wire-edge burlap ribbon
  • 1 yard metal ribbon
  • Rust-color jingle bells (one 3-inch and one 2-inch)

Instructions

1. Insert the ming pine sprays into the wreath in a clockwise direction, allowing the wispy, twiggy ends to show. When you're completely satisfied with the look, hot-glue or wire the ming pine sprays to the wreath. Fill in with faux fir sprays, working clockwise. When satisfied with the look, hot-glue or wire the faux fir sprays to the wreath.

2. Wire or hot-glue a bow made from the burlap ribbon on the top of the wreath, placing it slightly off center. To make the bow, cut a 60-inch length of ribbon. Leaving an 8-inch tail, make a 7-inch loop, holding the ribbon between your thumb and index finger. Continue holding the ribbon, and make a second loop the same size in the opposite direction. Make another loop the same size in the same direction as the original loop. Wrap wire around the bow center, not trimming the wire ends. For the remaining bow tails, wire the remaining piece of ribbon to the center.

3. Center a bow made from the metal ribbon on top of the burlap bow. Make your loops 6 inches long and the tail 12 inches long. Wire the bow to the burlap bow.

4. Thread the bells onto a piece of florist's wire. Position the bells on top of the bows and wire in place. Trim the wire and ribbon ends.

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