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we like it wild: bits and bits wreath

by Grace Bonney

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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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