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diy project: conn and john’s aloha wreath

by Grace Bonney

today’s second (and last) diy project comes from two of my favorite designing dudes- conn and john. we got to see their hawaiian home this past june and today they’re sharing a fun aloha state-inspired holiday wreath. i’m a sucker for a fun wreath so i’m excited to share their project here. just click here or click “read more” below for conn and john’s full instructions. thanks conn and john!

Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka everyone!

This is a very simple and low cost… in our case no cost, way to jazz up your front door this holiday season. I was inspired to make this a few months ago when I noticed how the Manilla Palm fronds dried in semi-circles. Always thinking about how to re-use things, It hit me… A Holiday wreath. I used several dry manilla palm fronds, a few seed pods from a royal ponciana tree some banana bark as ribbon, Christmas berries and some protea given to us by a friend.


Materials: (use what you can find laying around your yard)
5-6 dried Manilla palm fronds
Banana Bark – enough to wrap around as a ribbon
(you can also us raffia or real ribbon)
5 Royal Poinciana Seed Pods
12-15 various Protea Flowers (or other flowers that dry nicely or are already dried)
5 small cuttings of Christmas Berry branches with berries attached or similar
Thin wire
Wire cutters
(wire wreath frame if desired)

Living in Maui lends itself to a a bounty of materials year round. Those of you in the colder regions may not have as many materials in your yards to work with, but I bet you could find a few bits of nature sprinkled around that could work. Dry branches and twigs, evergreen cuttings, holly, feathers and even dry leaves would work just as well in this homemade wreath. Use your imagination and just have fun with it.

The palm fronds I used have a nice thick center stem so I did not need a wire frame to mount this onto. If using evergreen cuttings you may want a wire frame as a base in order to achieve a nice round wreath.

The other great thing about this wreath is that I can just throw the entire thing into the mulch pile. The small amounts of wire used will break down quickly. If you are using a full wire frame, I would suggest taking all the trimmings off before discarding. That way, you have the frame to use again and again.

1. Begin by cutting off the base of the fronds. Then lay your fronds or branches out to get an idea of how big your wreath will be. Next begin laying one frond on top of another about 1/3 of the way up the stalk. Attach with a small piece of wire. Continue until all fronds are attached and close by connecting the beginning of the length to the end forming a circle.

2. Wrap a small piece of wire around one end of your banana bark or ribbon and attach that to your wreath from the back side. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath. Secure with another piece of wire from the back.

3. Next I added the seed pods. I first made a hole by hammering a nail though one end. Next, lay your pods out on top of the wreath so you can achieve proper spacing. Insert a piece of wire into the nail hole and attach to your wreath.

4. Cut the heads off the Protea, leaving at least 1″ of stem. After all the stems have been cut off, lay the heads on top of your wreath and arrange as desired. Remove from wreath and place on the ground in exactly the same order as you took them off. That way you will keep your placement and order when attaching them. Take a piece of wire and pierce the stem and begin attaching all the way around.

5. I then took the Christmas Berry branches and simply tucked them into the ribbon.

6. Take another piece of wire and attach to the top back of wreath, making a loop for hanging. We hung ours around our ALOHA sign at our front door.

7. Hang and enjoy.

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