Monday, November 28, 2011

Creating Christmas~FREE is Good

I love decking the halls at Christmas time
but am finding that I am developing an appreciation for keeping
things simple, and a bit more natural.

And with the economy, our budget is a definite consideration!


I have always wanted a fresh cut wreath,
 but winced at the idea
of spending $30 or more to buy one.  I always make my own 
wreaths, but have never made one from fresh greenery.

That is until today!!

Here it is!  

{sorry for the weird background color!  Don't know what
happened there!}

Looks pretty good, huh??? 

I will probably remove the pittisporum
bunch and add a ribbon, but I love it,
and it smells divine!!

And the best part...

The greenery was FREE!!

Free, Free, Free...
gotta love that!

I got in the car on Saturday and buzzed around to
Lowe's and Home Depot, and they 
give you the cuttings for free!!  

So go load up...and get extra so you can
use it on your mantel, centerpiece, garlands, etc...!!

Now I know you want to give this a try!

It really is tooo easy not to make one every year!!
You can do this!!

Here we go!

This is what you will need:

Greenery bundle!
If you can find mixed greens, they look
amazing on a wreath, so go for that!
I used only Frasier Fur.

2.  A form of some sort. Metal is easier to work with,
but you can use grapevine, too.

3.  Standard green floral wire

4.  Wire cutters 

5.  Old scissors or shears to cut branches

Now let's begin!!

***You want to use the tops of the branches that come
to a point preferably.

***Cut approx 10-12" lengths

***Cut about 20-25.  Any leftovers can be used elsewhere
My form is standard wreath size.
For larger forms you will need to cut more!

***Cut 25 approx5-6" lengths of wire
and shape into a U for ease in wiring.

I didn't make my wreath really thick,
but it is just full enough.
You can make yours as full as you'd like.

***Lay branch on form and position so the tip is toward the outside edge

***Wire on at base, and in the middle if the branch is floppy.

***position next branch on top changing the angle slightly for fullness

***You can always come back later and apply more layers

***Continue to work around wreath until form is completely covered

***Flip wreath over and trim any tails to the wires so they don't
scratch your door or wall when hung

It is just that easy!!

Now give yourself a pat on the back,
 and go hang that wreath!!

Day 2 of Creating Christmas
will feature an easy to make, inexpensive Christmas gift!

Come back on Thursday for more creating fun!!

You can CREATE your Christmas!!

Hugs and blessings to you!!


Sandi said...

Fabulous!!! I love to make Christmas wreaths and also Christmas balls. My bff used to have a wreath making party , but she hasn't done it for the past couple years and I miss it. She has a wreath making machine!! You lay your wreath form on it, cut your bunches of greens and push a pedal and it clamps your greens in place. SO fun!!!

Nana's Nuggets said...

Hi! Becky~ thank you for the Birthday wishes, it's not actually until Thursday, so you were not late!!:) this wreath is so pretty! I love it! and almost can smell thr fragrance through the screen! LOL! I love wreaths! Great Job! hope you have a happy:) week.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Becky,

Love your Christmas wreath and I agree the ones you make yourself are so much better. Made with love and care and thanks for showing yours to us.

Have a happy week

ArtyMarti said...

Your wreath looks just right. Thanks for the tutorial

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Very nice Becky! I love free and love the smell of fresh greens.

Thanks for the tutorial.

Have a great day!

Donna said...

How nice, Becky!

I've done this before and loved it. Used to have pine trees in the front yard in a previous home so I always had plenty of pine. It's worth the time and energy, for sure! And, makes the house smell wonderful!

Thanks for sharing!

Trisha said...

Great job! Looks professional. Blessings.

NanaNor's said...

Becky, You are simply amazing-I love it!! It does look more complicated than you made it seem.
Any way to cut costs is so wise in this economy. Hugs to you tonight.

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

That looks great; and I bet it smells heavenly!

Faye ~ Wild Rose Vintage said...

On my gosh! This brings back memories!!! I worked in a nursery for 10 years and I was the main wreath maker. I must have made thousands in all of those years! I haven't made one in ages and was thinking just last week that I should get some boughs this year and make a couple! How fun to see your diy!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great job, Becky! I like the cuttings just to add some greenery in to different little spots. Maybe I'll go with hubby to Home Depot next time he goes. : )

Amy Kinser said...

Well you made that look and sound very easy. I love the way it looks, Becky. I can only imagine how wonderful it smells.

Blessings to you, friend.

French and Sparrow said...

Wow Becky, love your wreath! I totally agree with your thoughts on keeping this Christmas a bit more natural and simple!
Looking forward to seeing more of your Christmas ideas.....hugs Kerry

Lynn Richards said...

I love Lowe's and Home Depot for giving free Christmas tree greens out...I have taken my fair share over the years!!!
I can't say I have made them into a gorgeous wreath like yours. But I have just tied them into a bundle with a pretty ribbon and hung them up. Unfortunately, out here they are dried up in about a week. But no worries, because they were FREE!!!

Kasia said...

This is great! I love fresh cut the best and this is a great tutorial! :)


Walking on Sunshine... said...

Great job Becky! Love the idea that you were able to get the branches from Lowes! Enjoy!

Jane said...

Love it!
Love HD...and the free greens. We have used them for years for our FREE greens.

Just a tip...before you fashion your wreaths, etc., put a fresh cut on the branch and soak the greens in water with a little "sprite". Do this overnight. It helps keep the greens GREEN and fresh longer. (Learned this in a class in PA..."Williamsburg Decorating".

Debbie said...

I LOVE it...What a wonderful idea to run and get free branches. Wouldn't it be fun to create these together? I can almost smell them. Have a wonderful day! HUGS

Debbie said...

I LOVE it...What a wonderful idea to run and get free branches. Wouldn't it be fun to create these together? I can almost smell them. Have a wonderful day! HUGS

Miriam said...

Becky, it is lovely! You did a beautiful job! I love the fresh smell from real pines. I have used it decorate for our advent candles too.

Carol said...

Looks perfect!

Blessed Serendipity said...
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Blessed Serendipity said...

Wow you did such a great job. Your wreath is beautiful.


Jess said...

How FUN! Thanks for sharing with all of us. Of course I have the most elegant wreath on my of YOUR former creations that I treasure!
Blessings Sweet Friend~

sandra said...

I LOVE YOUR WREATH!!! Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see what you are making next :))
I just bought a pile of clippings from a florist today for $1.97 to use at the show this weekend, can't get enough of this Christmas Greenery!

Theresa said...

Your wreath turned out beautifully! I have made them in the past, and should really squeeze one in this year, the smell is wonderful. Happy Wednesday! t.xoxo

Elena said...

Wow, what a beautiful wreath! Your information was just in time. We got free boughs when we went and cut our tree this year. So I am going to make a wreath out of the greens today or tomorrow! Blessings to you to day sweet sister!

Modern Country said...

Hi Becky, the wreath is beautiful ! I love to decorate with materials gathered from nature. It is easy, cheap and very decorative. I would love if you attend my picture collage I will publish later this month. Come and read how to participate.

And thank you so much for your lovely comment earlier, I have not forgotten about your enthusiasm :)


Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Becky,
I can just smell your fresh Christmas wreath right now...I love the smell...It really looks pretty. I haven't even begun decorating yet. I've been busy sewing gifts for the Grands.
It was great to catch up with you today.
Big hugs, Elizabeth

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Miss Becky,
Love your wreath, you did an awesome job and I know that baby smells wonderful, but I could only have it outside, as we are allergic to pine.

So nice you got it for free, who couldn't love free! what a grand idea my friend, many are gonna love you for this post.
Have a good week,
Love ya, Nellie

Donna said...

What a great tutorial, Becky! Your wreath is great, bet it smells wonderful! And free sure is good! Can't wait to read about your gift ideas:)

June said...

Thank you Becky for this great tutorial. I live a long way from a Lowes or HD, but I have a couple of trees in the yard that need a little trimming:-)
You have been making such beautiful things for Christmas! SO many beautiful things in your etsy!!!
sending hugs...

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