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made with love: spring wreath

by Grace Bonney

Six more weeks of winter, blah, blah, blah. One morning last week, New York awoke to a surprise snow storm after several heavenly days of non-freezing temperatures. It could have been a heartbreaking reminder that we’re still in the dead of winter but instead, I decided to make this F.U. winter wreath. Wreathes are a touchy subject. Evergreens are nice at the holidays, but feel out of place after the main event is over. Fake flower wreathes send terrified shivers down my spine and dried flower wreathes aren’t too much better. Yet, as winter lingers on, I feel compelled to gussy up the front door, pseudo-spring style. Wild and branchy wreathes, devoid of the terrifying “country” connotations, are a much needed reminder that winter will soon be on the way out. –amy m.

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What you’ll need:

– Several bunches of branches or vines. I used curly willow branches but you can use whatever flexible vine you have nearby, either from the florist or from the woods so long as they are not dried. Other options include grapevine, willow, bittersweet etc…
– clippers
– floral wire
optional – extra greens to tuck in, I used seeded eucalyptus
optional – small decoration, bow, bird’s nest, mushrooms etc.. My mushrooms are vintage from John Derian

– Cut a few inches of floral wire and separate 2 lengths of willow, preferably with thicker stems (1/4″).

– Wrap wire tightly around to join the two branches.

– Take opposite ends and form a circle, wrapping ends down the sides of the wreath to secure.

-Keep loosely twisting branches around circle, using the thicker branches to give your wreath shape and thinner branches to fill it out.

– Stop when satisfied with your wreath’s density and size

Optional- Clip small pieces of greenery to add another layer of texture onto your wreath, i used 2″ – 3″ pieces of seeded eucalyptus

– Weave ends of greenery into wreath to secure. Add in mushrooms etc… and hang

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