What I didn't know was if I was going to buy artificial wreaths, purchase real ones, or make some.
But, who are we kidding, I like to do things on a budget so of course, I was going to make them!
I started with some simple wire wreath rings. The previous owners left about fifty of these in varying sizes. I chose the smallest ones. You could shape a circle from a wire clothes hanger. I then headed out tot he yard with some clippers and clipped branches and juniper branches.
If you do not have good clippings that you can gather from your yard, ask a neighbor, go to a public forest area, or to a tree lot and see if they have some clippings. Most lots will give them to you for free.
I used florist's wire, using about 2 or 3 feet at time (I used the tin snips to cut the wire). I started with some branches and juniper clippings and wrapped the wire around both. Add more as you go. Be careful to not completely wrap the evergreen branches in the wire--leave some free. Wear gloves if needed--I didn't.
I was able to make the 6 wreaths in about an hour.
I hung them from simple red ribbon.
I also made two for the front door.
I made my garland for the library rails the same way, except I just joined the branches to each other, not to a wire.
|The juniper smells not so great the first 24 hours, but it goes away pretty quickly, and the results are just what I pictured.|