Making a Fresh Evergreen Wreath


Before you get ready to decorate your front door for the holidays, have a quick look around you. What beautiful and festive greens are just begging to be transformed into a fresh evergreen wreath? Do you have Eucalyptus, Acuba, or Holly? Surely there are some greens nearby that look stunning at this time of year. A fresh wreath is a welcoming holiday decoration that celebrates natures beauty. And they smell
making a fresh evergreen wreath, crafts, doors, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, seasonal holiday decor, wreaths, The holly and laurel branches that make up this wreath grow just outside my door I don t think it needs a single thing added to make it look more festive
The holly and laurel branches that make up this wreath grow just outside my door. I don't think it needs a single thing added to make it look more festive.
making a fresh evergreen wreath, crafts, doors, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, seasonal holiday decor, wreaths, Start by gathering your materials grapevine wreath twine scissors greenery and pruners
Start by gathering your materials: grapevine wreath, twine, scissors, greenery and pruners.
making a fresh evergreen wreath, crafts, doors, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, seasonal holiday decor, wreaths, Gather a nice bunch of greens and trim the ends
Gather a nice bunch of greens and trim the ends.
making a fresh evergreen wreath, crafts, doors, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, seasonal holiday decor, wreaths, Using the twine tie the bunch to the grapevine wreath
Using the twine, tie the bunch to the grapevine wreath.
making a fresh evergreen wreath, crafts, doors, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, seasonal holiday decor, wreaths, Continue adding bunches of greens and reds until the wreath is all filled up Secure each bunch well with the twine
Continue adding bunches of greens (and reds!) until the wreath is all filled up. Secure each bunch well with the twine.
making a fresh evergreen wreath, crafts, doors, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, seasonal holiday decor, wreaths, Use the pruners to do some shaping Hang the wreath and stand back to evaluate where more or less is needed
Use the pruners to do some shaping. Hang the wreath and stand back to evaluate where more or less is needed.
making a fresh evergreen wreath, crafts, doors, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, seasonal holiday decor, wreaths, Hang in a prominent spot out of direct hot sun and freezing winds and it will last a long time
Hang in a prominent spot out of direct hot sun and freezing winds and it will last a long time.
making a fresh evergreen wreath, crafts, doors, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, seasonal holiday decor, wreaths, Such a pretty wreath Maintain its beauty by trimming off any browning or sagging leaves You can remove the berries when they start to turn brown or just let them naturally shrink away
Such a pretty wreath! Maintain its beauty by trimming off any browning or sagging leaves. You can remove the berries when they start to turn brown or just let them naturally shrink away.
making a fresh evergreen wreath, crafts, doors, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, seasonal holiday decor, wreaths, A close up of the holly and laurel branches
A close up of the holly and laurel branches.
making a fresh evergreen wreath, crafts, doors, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, seasonal holiday decor, wreaths, You can use just about anything you can find in a fresh wreath This potpourri wreath has over 15 kinds of greens including pine spruce eucalyptus hydrangea figs acuba and pieris
You can use just about anything you can find in a fresh wreath. This potpourri wreath has over 15 kinds of greens including pine, spruce, eucalyptus, hydrangea, figs, acuba and pieris.
making a fresh evergreen wreath, crafts, doors, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, seasonal holiday decor, wreaths, Another potpourri wreath with some beautiful variegated holly
Another potpourri wreath with some beautiful variegated holly.
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  • Barbara Reeves Brown
    on Dec 1, 2017

    Love your wreath and I gathered greenery from my yard for a mantel garland. After two days it has begun to wilt and leaves drying a turning brown. Is there a way to keep them fresh and alive for the next 24 days?

    • Rede Batcheller
      on Dec 11, 2017

      First of all, DO NOT USE THIS TECHNIQUE ON LEAVES E.G. BAY WHICH WILL BE USED FOR FOOD/EATING PURPOSES. Other than that: One way to make any greenery last is to 'glycerinate' it. That's what I call it, anyway. You can purchase GLYCERIN in the over-the-counter medicine section of an ordinary multi-department store (e.g., Walmart) or a drug store. One warning: be careful not to get the liquid GLYCERIN on your bare skin, because in its concentrated form it leaches moisture from skin, which in effect results in a burn. Dilute the GLYCERIN with WATER, in a ratio of one part glycerin to three parts water -- parts by volume, that is. Easiest is if you have a small bottle of GLYCERIN, pour it into a vase deep and wide enough to hold the stems upright and fill the empty bottle three times, emptying the water from each fill into the vase with the glycerin. Stir the water and glycerin to mix thoroughly. Set the fresh cut stems into the glycerin-water at least an inch or so deep. (If the cut end of the stems has dried out, trim them back to where they are still at least a bit moist, and put them in the glycerin-water mix.) Let them stand three or more days. Check to see if the leaves are obviously no longer "fresh" -- they will be flexible, almost leathery, compared to fresh. // MOST shrubbery ("greenery") and some flowers can be preserved in this manner. There may be some color change. Eucalyptus, for instance, gets a kind of bronze-y color and a soft feeling to the leave. Magnolia leaves go kind of brownish as well. There is one more thing that can be done with greenery and flowers that are preserved in this manner: add water based food coloring to the glycerin water. The plants will take up the color and the resulting plant stuff may be truly amazing. My favorite in this department is taking what would ordinarily be plain light brown ornamental grass. Put in red, put in blue, put in yellow, and get the most beautiful frond of all sorts for use in bouquets. ONE OTHER WARNING: Plant materials preserved in this manner are just as horrifically flammable as dry-dried materials. KEEP AWAY FROM OPEN FLAMES E.G. CANDLES OR ANY PLACE THERE MAY BE ESCAPED SPARKS FROM OPEN FIRE.

  • Ardith Kirchhoff
    on May 29, 2018

    This is fabulous for Christmas and holiday season.

    thank you! How about spring and summer and fall? I need ideas for each season of the year.

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