The freshest holiday wreath is the one you make yourself.
You will need
- Two wire hangers
- A spool of floral tape
- 6" of evergreen tree branch cuttings
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- A glue stick or hot glue gun
- And a hanger hook
- real or fake
- Holly sprigs
- real or fake
- Wide red or tartan ribbon
- or a store-bought bow
- And a chenille stem
- or pipe cleaner
Step 1 Bend the hangers Take two wire hangers and fashion each into a circle. Don’t worry if they’re not perfectly round.
Step 2 Bind the hangers Bind the hangers together with floral tape to make a base.
Step 3 Arrange your cuttings Arrange your tree cuttings on the base, attaching them with floral wire. Make sure the stems overlap.
If you don’t feel like buying cuttings or foraging for greenery, use the branches you cut off the bottom of your tree to make it fit in its stand.
Step 4 Glue pinecones Glue pinecones onto the wreath, if you want.
Step 5 Glue holly Cut holly sprigs into 4-inch lengths and glue them where desired.
Beware—holly berries are toxic, so keep them away from children and pets!
Step 6 Attach a bow Attach a big store-bought bow to the top with a chenille stem, or make your own from wide ribbon.
Step 7 Hang your wreath Hang your creation using the hanger hook. Reward yourself with a spiked eggnog.
The world’s largest wreath was made in 1988 by the Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm in Union Bridge, Maryland—made of fresh evergreens, the wreath was 116 feet tall and weighed 9,060 pounds.