Creating wreaths is one of my favorite hobbies. I love making wreaths that can be displayed all year round and can be used indoors or out. The silvery-green shade of Eucalyptus is particularly suitable for designing a decorative piece that complements any style. And, the best part of using preserved Eucalyptus is that the greenery will last several months if not longer and will still continue to smell great. No more worrying about your wreath turning brown and crumbling to dust!
.With the simple steps outlined in this tutorial, you can create a stunning wreath that will last for months, if not years. Not only is it an affordable and sustainable alternative to store-bought wreaths, but it also allows you to customize the design to suit your personal style. So, whether you choose to hang it indoors or outdoors, your preserved Eucalyptus wreath is sure to be a beautiful and long-lasting addition to your home.
Okay, let's get into this DIY wreath tutorial.
To create this wreath, you will need a grapevine wreath base, a couple bunches of preserved Silver Dollar Eucalyptus greenery , a couple bunches of white Riceflowers, (or another flower of your choice) paddle wire, and floral cutters.
Don't worry, you won't need a degree in botany to get these materials. Here is a link to all the materials, or the supplies are linked individually in the materials list below. All materials click here.
- Grapevine wreath base (12")
- Preserved Eucalyptus (Silver Dollar), 2-3 bunches
- White preserved Riceflower (or white flower of your choice) - 2 bunches
- Floral wire (20 gauge paddle wire)
- Floral cutters or strong scissors that can cut flower stems and wire.
Step 1: Prep your materials
Gather your materials and find a comfortable place to create your wreath. I personally enjoy making wreaths outdoors to get some fresh air, and it makes it easier to clean-up any mess.
Step 2: Prep your wreath
Take your floral wire (I highly recommend that you use paddle wire) and tie a couple knots around one side of the wreath. You will be working clockwise or counter-clockwise depending on which side of the wreath base that you tie your knot. Do not cut the wire, as you will be using it to wrap around the stems of the Eucalyptus/flower bunches.
Step 3: Cut and Make Bunches
Take a couple pieces of Eucalyptus, and a stem of the white Riceflower or flower of your choice, and make a bunch that is about 8-10" in length. Place the bunch on top of the grapevine base where you just tied your knot. Use the wire and wrap the stems of your bunch around the base 3 times and get as tight as possible. *Try to keep your bunches around the same size so that your wreath will look even.
Step 4: Continuing Adding Bunches
Moving down the wreath, place another bunch of preserved Eucalyptus/Riceflower over the stems of the first bunch and wrap with wire 3 times. (Be sure to overlap each stem slightly so that the wreath looks full and the grapevine base is not visible). Continue adding bunches to the grapevine base by staggering each bunch enough to cover the stems of the bunch before it, and continue working your way around the wreath in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. Keep repeating this process until you have the wreath covered.*Try to get the wire as tight as possible without breaking the stems.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Once your wreath is all covered and your reach the bundle where you started, simply lift up the top of the first bundle, and tuck your last bundle underneath it. You will want to wrap the wire around this bundle at least 3 times and make sure to pull it tight. Tie a couple knots around the wreath base and cut the wire. Lastly, cut a long piece of wire to create a loop around the back of your wreath so that you can hang it.
Hang your Eucalyptus wreath with joy, whether it's inside or outside, and bask in the glory of your own awesomeness. Your friends and family will be in awe of your craftiness, and you'll be able to brag that you made it yourself. Go ahead, give yourself a big hug - you deserve it!