Photos by Maxwell Tielman
Making wreaths is one of my favorite things to do. I’ll never forget the first time I took a wreath class. I was scared out of my mind and convinced that it would take a miracle for my wreath to turn out well. But after a few tries, I got the basic technique down, and for the past few years Amy, Max and I have been teaching wreath-making classes with all sorts of materials, from moss and succulents to everyday garden greens.
It can be tough to find greens that don’t feel Christmas-y this time of year, so I thought I’d take advantage of the fact that it’s winter citrus season! Using a mixture of kumquat branches, seeded eucalyptus and acacia, I created a quick and easy winter wreath that smells delicious (seriously, it’s like an all-natural room freshener) and brings a little color to a seriously dreary season. The full how-to steps are after the jump! xo, grace
- wreath frame (I used a HUGE frame that was 22″ wide. I would suggest a smaller 12″ to 14″ frame.)
- citrus branches (I used about 10 kumquat branches. Smaller frames should only need 5.)
- greenery (I’d suggest 5 to 6 bunches of any standard green leafy filler, like eucalyptus.)
- floral wire
- branch clippers or strong floral clippers
1. Start by separating your citrus and your greens into small segments. I wired mine together and then separated them into piles so I knew how much I had.
2. Lay your “filler” layer (I used eucalyptus for this) around the wreath form to gauge spacing (the wreath should be flat-side down).
3. To start attaching, wire a segment to the center two bands of the wreath form. Layer each next segment on top of that previous segment’s stem (moving away from the original segment). This way, you constantly cover your wire and stems and end up with only the branch tops showing (see below).
5. Place your wreath down again and begin adding in bunches of citrus as you see fit. I did four groupings of citrus, but you could definitely space them out evenly all the way.
*If you can’t find branches, you can easily wire or stake actual limes, lemons or kumquats, etc. onto floral sticks and wire and place them on top of greenery that you can readily find.
6. To hang, I strung a striped ribbon through the wreath and attached it to the back of our door. But you can use a wreath hook, too. The citrus is rather heavy, so be sure it’s attached well.