HOW TO MAKE A DRIED WREATH
I am so excited to share this project with you as this is probably my favourite DIY project of the year. It’s a dried wreath made almost entirely from garden scraps and I think it’s one of the most beautiful things we’ve ever made here on the blog. It’s weird and wonderful and most importantly, it won’t wilt like a green wreath would.
This is less of a tutorial and more of a rough guide of how you could make your own wreath with dried leaves and plants. In this particular wreath I’ve used a wreath base (I shared a post about how to make a wreath base using vines a few weeks ago), dried leaves, bunny tail grass (the fluffy ones), dried poppy heads, hazelnut seed pods (the red ones), and the stems from the top of corn stalks. You probably won’t come across the exact same combination of dried plants, but I wanted to share this idea as I really think you could make one of these from all sorts of scraps. I think the most useful thing I’ve learnt along the way is that the things you think you’re the least likely to use, are probably the ones that you’ll be the happiest you kept. So… hoard it all, my friends!
Martina and I both tend to collect dried plants when we see them. To give you an example, we spotted and picked these poppy heads from Martina’s garden, the hazelnuts came from Clive’s parents’ garden and I bought the bunny tail grass at L’Attribut d’Iris (mentioned in this blog post) here in Lausanne. The total cost of this wreath is probably 5 CHF (under £4) which I think is amazing. If you have access to gardens or even a large forest, you really don’t have to spend any money at all to make something like this.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own dried wreath:
- Pretty wreath base (here’s a tutorial on how to make your own)
- Gardening shears
- Gardening wire
- Wire cutters
- Various dried plants and leaves collected from your garden or store bought
- String to attach it to your door
Step 1: Choose a base for your wreath. I picked these delicate dried leaves.
Step 2: Begin intertwining the base leaves, securing them in place with wire if needs be.
Don’t worry about it being too perfect, a little scraggly-looking is good. Mine looked like this:
Step 3: Continue with another plant of the same colour tone.
Step 4: Trim any ends that may be too long.
Step 5: Add another texture of the same colour.
Step 6: If you don’t have the length to push through the wreath base, add wire to help.
Step 7: Make sure the wire is hidden at the back of the wreath. You can coil it around the secure.
Step 8: Add a pop of one colour of your choice. I used these dried hazelnut seed pods.
Build up one side more than the other for an asymmetrical effect. Work in layers.
Tips, tricks and thoughts:
- Go out into your garden or to a forest close by and see what you can find. You really don’t need to buy anything from a shop.
- Try to keep to subtle colours with one pop of colour.
- Put your wreath on a door or wall inside your house so it keeps best. The rain and moisture outside may ruin it.
I absolutely love how this turned out and most of all, I love that it is just a combination of foraged things from friends’ gardens and walks around. It goes to show that we need not buy much at all to make something beautiful, and that even the dried garden scraps have a use.
I hope you love this project as much as I do. I’ve got lots more Christmassy projects on their way to you for the next week leading up to Christmas so I hope to see you back here soon! Have a wonderful week. xS