Making your own natural wreath is so easy! You will see that I’ve only used items that were either foraged from nature around us, dried from our garden, or given to me earlier in the year as in flower bouquets.
The Base of a DIY Wreath
All Natural (Grape Vines)
Start with the base of the wreath. We just used some clippings from our landlord’s grape vines. They trim their grape vines each year after the summer season and leave the vines as scraps in their trailer.
Grape vines make the perfect base for a wreath, because the stems are soft and pliable for bending and shaping into a circle.
The other benefit is that it is completely free! If you have grape vines that grow nearby or know of someone with a grape vine that they trim each season, this base is all natural and completely free.
Depending on how long you plan to keep your wreath for, you may decide to go for a more study base like some of these metal circle frames I found on Amazon. You can select the size you prefer for your front door, depending on the way you plan to arrange it. Here you can find a 12 inch circle, or 10 inch circle, or 8 inch hexagons.
The down side is that you may be limited to a specific size but the up side is that it will last practically forever.
This may also be a good alternative to the natural grape vines, if you plan on making a wreath often and could do well with a base that would last for a long time.
A cheaper alternative to the metal frame is a wooden frame. It may not last as long, but would be a good middle ground between the all natural grape vines and the sturdy metal frame. Here you can find a 12 inch, 10 inch, or 8 inch circles.
When you have you base, whether it be metal, wooden, or the all natural grape vines, you are ready to begin planning and collecting for your wreath creation.
I’m going to give you three examples of natural wreaths that we made this year. I’ll go into detail of where I found the items and how well they worked in a wreath.
Where I Got Eucalyptus From
The eucalyptus wreath was from foraged eucalyptus. Well, sort of. In the summer, I attended a conference with beautiful flowers and an abundance of eucalyptus, so I inquired about the arrangements. They were friendly enough to share with me that the eucalyptus was gifted from a lady in the area that had a large tree growing right beside her house.
Before the conference was over, I stopped by her house and she was generous to let me pick as much as I wanted. So I gathered what I could fit into the car, with my four traveling companions and our luggage. It was a stuffier ride home, but we made it!
At home, I dried the eucalyptus in a garland. Watch the process of me drying eucalyptus for the garland here. I tied up each branch to a string and dangled the long garland on one of the walls in our living room for months. I also dried some of it for tea.
Making a Eucalyptus Wreath
Variety of Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus can make for some beautiful wreaths, but you should pay attention to the different kinds of eucalyptus. I believe we used the seeded or willow eucalyptus, which is a kind of eucalyptus that flows very easy and their stems aren’t as hard and brittle. If you are going to use other kinds of eucalyptus like the true blue or baby eucalyptus, you should use it as fresh possible before the stems and leave dry and harden, which will make it harder to shape into a wreath.
Shaping a Eucalyptus Wreath: Since our eucalyptus dried for several months in a garland, the stems were quite hard. Still, they were able to shaped to the circle of my wreath with a little bit of help from a glue gun to keep them in place.
Garden Cuttings Wreath
Garden Cuttings: If you are an advent gardener, or know someone who is, it can be a real treat to save some flowers and grasses from the garden season. This year, I even saved the flowers from the carrots that bolted in the summer heat, sprouting into flowers. With some of our carrot flowers and safflowers from our garden, I put together a very simple wreath from garden cuttings.
Saved Bouquet Items: If I can give you a tip, keep parts of flower bouquets you receive throughout the year and use them for wreaths. I kept some white dainty flowers and grasses from a flower bouquet I received earlier in the year, and topped off the bouquet with some additional dried goods.
Trouble with Fresh Greenery: A Christmas wreath can be luscious with greenery, pine cones and bows. In keeping with the “all natural wreath” theme, the greenery would need to be picked fresh. If you have picked fresh greenery for any decorations, you will know that it quickly becomes a messy affair. It will do the same on your front doorstep if hung in a wreath. Now I’m sure that some years, I won’t mind the extra maintenance for the beautiful look.
Shaping a Holly Christmas Wreath: But this year, I went for the simple and natural look of a Holly Christmas wreath. I learned that the leaves and berries really hold their colour and dry very well. And the best is that is was the easiest material to shape into a wreath! With holly trees being a pest to some owners, you may get someone to PAY YOU to take clippings from their holly tree (ha!)
Make your Own Wreath
Now that you’ve seen photos and read the stories of my wreaths, you can make your own wreath with some inspiration. I would love to see what creations you make, feel free to pop a comment below or share an image to our email.