we like it wild: bits and bits wreath

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Walking through the neighborhood after a storm we can’t stop ourselves from picking up little pieces that have shaken loose from the trees above: shapely twigs, tiny pine cones and seed pods, and even the occasional stem of greenery broken free from an otherwise healthy tree. We are also in the habit of setting leftover flowers on our shelf for drying “experiments”, so we often have a random assortment of unique stems floating around the studio. We thought a festive wreath would be a great way to clean house and assemble our small collection of leftovers; and the bits and bits wreath was formed.

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Most florists and Christmas tree lots have fragrant boughs of pine and fir on hand for garlands and work perfectly to add some bulk to your creation. Hit up your garden, nursery, or even the grocery store to find some other affordably unique additions. For our wreath we ended up with some pine, fir, magnolia leaves, herbs, berries, twigs, and even worked some succulents and privet in to the mix. The rundown on how we made our wreath is after the jump below!

CLICK HERE for the full wreath how-to after the jump!

1. Start with a wire wreath frame in any size you like available at most craft stores, 22-24 gauge paddle wire, a good pair of hand clippers, and small floral scissors.

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2. Make a flat, fan shaped posy in your hand using bits and pieces of greens, berries, and pretty winter leaves. For our wreath we grouped small sprigs of lavender, rosemary, pine, hemlock, and juniper, and alternated the amounts of each piece in each tiny bouquet to give the wreath a little bit of wildness and some variation.

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3. Decide roughly how you want your pieces to lay on the wreath in relation to each other, and lay your first small posy on the wreath frame while pinching it with one hand in the place where you’d like to attach it.

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4. With your free hand begin by wrapping the paddle wire around the smallest pinched part of the bundle going around the frame several times. Make sure to pull the wire as tightly as possible to make sure the bundles stay in place.

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5. Once you have attached your first bundle securely, continue adding to the frame by laying the next bundle over the spot where you attached the last one. This insures that the wreath will look really full and lush and will also hide the frame completely.

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6. Continue in this fashion until you have completed the circle and added your last bundle on top of the first one you tied down. Wrap your wire a few more times to secure the wreath and hide the end wire underneath the branches.

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7. When the foundation of your wreath has been built, you can add extra pieces of seeds, leaves, berries and succulents to taste. To secure succulents to your wreath, simply thread a length of wire long enough to attach to the frame through a thick part of its stem or core. We also used wire and floral tape to give some leaves longer “stems” for easier attachment.

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8. Give your wreath a final tuck to make sure no wires are showing, string a sturdy ribbon around the wreath frame, and put it out for the world to see.

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Marija

Such a beautiful wreath!!! Thanks for the detailed instructions. It really helps to know how something so gorgeous can be re-created even by non-professional florists.
Thanks for sharing!!

Cat W.

You have no idea how much this project speaks to me. I love greenery, and I really (really) love succulents. This is so wonderful!

Tara

Absolutely gorgeous wreath. I love the freeform and natural look. I love most that you used what you found in your environment.

Thanks for sharing – I’m feeling inspired to go collecting in my neighborhood! Needed something to do with my toddler today…

Jenn

I absolutely LOVE this wreath but..it looks like too much work :*(

What a stunning way to add to your space this holiday season, thank you for sharing this!

julianne

thank you studio choo ladies for consistently awesome and beautiful posts that make floral design look approachable and easy! thanks for all your awesome projects and the gorgeous photos, too!

lisa

We do one with similar methods each year (but not as eclectic – love the succulent).

One modification — which helps stop the wreath from drying out — is to use some wet sphagnum moss at the base of each little bundle. I gather it in my hand, wrap the moss around, then wrap the whole bundle to the wire frame with twine.

Keeps it all together, and moist.

lisa

We do one with similar methods each year (but not as eclectic – love the succulent).

One modification — which helps stop the wreath from drying out — is to use some wet sphagnum moss at the base of each little bundle. I gather it in my hand, wrap the moss around, then wrap the whole bundle to the wire frame with twine.

jess

but then the poor succulents are left to die? i don’t think i could do that to them!

Studio Choo

how long this wreath will last really depends on what types of materials you use. many of the things we used will last several weeks (magnolia and evergreen), and some will dry quite well. this wreath is actually pretty easy to make- the hardest part is figuring out what to put in the small bundles. the succulents we used are actually cuttings left over from a project we did a month ago and we will plant them when we’re ready to take down the wreath.

Paola

Succulents are very resilient, the small prick of floral wire isn’t enough to kill them, especially if you sprits them every other day or so with water to keep them hydrated. Those guys will make a home practically anywhere. As soon as the holidays are over, you ca replant them in dirt and give them some extra attention for about a week (i.e. plenty of sun, soil and water) and they’ll be just fine.

Shelley

I love the ‘random’ mix of items & the addition of succulents. Paola is right, they will grow almost anywhere. Thanks for posting.

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