An Easy DIY Lemon Cypress Wreath
Ever since I made my all-natural, fully compostable fall wreath last year (as shown in my previous Hometalk post), I’ve been sold on making simple hand-formed wreaths using natural ingredients from my own garden. They are surprisingly easy to make, and recently I made a winter wreath using the same technique.
I still had a few grapevines in my garden that needed pruning. Most of the vines were a bit brittle by now, but I found a few bendable ones.
So I simply cut the vines to length and carefully bent and wrapped them together, winding them around one another, to make a wreath form. I tucked the ends in around the vines as I worked to make sure everything was secure.
It didn’t look perfect, but it didn’t have to. This would just be the wreath’s foundation.
The Main Attraction
We have a large lemon cypress (or goldcrest) shrub in our yard. It started out as a little accent plant in a pot on our patio, and I originally chose it for its lovely, groomed shape, its lemony fragrance, and for its fresh, vibrant shade of green. I always make sure to have a couple of these beauties in pots on our porch.
Fresh colors really pop against our charcoal-colored door, and this plant needed trimming anyway. So I saved a small branch for this project.
I cut sprigs of the lemon cypress to the length I wanted and then, starting at the top of the wreath and working my way down one side, I just wedged the ends between the grapevines until they seemed secure. No wires were needed.
If a sprig failed to secure, or if it didn’t look right, I just used a different one. When I had that side done, I started at the top of the other side and worked my way down.
The lemon cypress draped nicely and was easy to work with. Soon I had the wreath form filled. I gave it a few shakes to make sure everything was secure.
But it still needed a little something.
I’ve learned from experience that natural winter berries, at least the ones that I grow in my garden, don’t look good for long. So I did add one man-made element, which I already had on hand: Faux berries.
The faux berries are on wired sprigs, but I just covered the wires as best I could with the cypress greenery.
I tried adding a bow and a few other decor pieces, but they just didn’t look right. Sometimes simpler is better and, since the berries are slightly over-sized for the wreath, they make enough of an impact on their own.
Some of the grapevine foundation is still showing in places, and that’s okay. Unlike a wire wreath form, the grapevines add a rustic interest.
I think the snappy green of the lemon cypress is a fun departure from traditional holiday greens. This wreath cost me nothing to make, and making it only took about an hour of my time.
Once the season changes, I can easily remove the berry sprigs and then toss this wreath straight into the yard waste bin.
Here I must admit two things:
One, since I’ve never used lemon cypress in a wreath before, I have no idea how long it will look good. I will probably mist it from time to time. My hope is that it will last at least through Christmas.
And two, our front door is in a protected area. A wreath like this in a different, more weather-exposed environment, may not hold up as well.
What If You Don't Have Grapevines Or Other Suitable Vines for Creating the Foundation?
Ready-made grapevine wreaths are fairly affordable and easy to find. I'm listing them as a material below just in case anyone needs to purchase one instead of making one.
As for the cost estimate, I'm listing it as $15, but your cost could be much lower, down to zero, depending on what you already have onhand.
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Peg on Dec 20, 2020
Especially for Christmas I think your wreath needs ‘something else’ previous comment asked where the bow was—//. Everyone needs to suit their own taste but I do think it’s lacking. On a positive note, lucky you to have that lemon cypress growing!! Bet there’s a lovely scent on your property