20 minute crafter. how to make a wreath with fresh greens.

I can't take credit for knowing how to do this.  I have to tip my hat to four long years of "Art Club" in high school.  Yes, I was in the art club.  I even held offices.  And if you like that...I was also in the Ecology club.  Held offices there too.  That's right.  I'm good with it. 

We made these wreaths every year as a fund raiser.  Super easy.  And takes less than 20 minutes once you have your greens.   
Here is what you need:
a straw form wreath (any size 12in is about $2 at Michaels)
greenery.  evergreens work the best...pine, magnolia, boxwood, holly.
"helper" is optional.
and...
greening/floral pins.  I think I got these at Joanns for about $2.

First, get your "helper" to trim your hedges and save the clippings.
Grab a few springs of greens, with the wreath laying on the ground, place them on top of the wreath...not the inner ring or outer one...the middle.
...place a greening pin around the bulk of your sprigs...about two inches from the ends...
...smoosh it down...
...continue around the wreath...layering each bunch onto the other by a few inches...go all the way around...
...then repeat the same process on the inner part of the wreath...and then on the outer ring...
...and you're done.  I prefer this simple look...but you could add other things...birds, nests, feathers...whatever makes you happy...this wreath will last for weeks. :)
I hung it by wrapping a ribbon around the wreath and attaching the ribbon to the screen door hardware...but you could use a wreath hanger if you are fancy like that.
In case you were wondering...this is what that little sign on the door says.  We live in the Bible belt and in a neighborhood of kids who are rude to us unless they are selling something and people seem to ring the doorbell ONLY when my kids are sleeping. 

And somehow...even though there is a sign right inside my house that asks people to remove their shoes...somehow a lot of people thinks this DOESN'T apply to them.  This is my way of assuring them that it does indeed apply to them. :)

Happy wreath making...even if you wait until Christmas to do it. :)
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19 comments:

La TempĂȘte said...

I LOVE that sign. Awesome.

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

I love your wreath!! Boxwood is my fave!

Beth said...

we're a no shoe house (for about 5 years, now), too, and i cannot stand when people act like they didn't hear me or flat our refuse, especially when they know we don't wear shoes in our house. i offer sugical booties or a take them off option. ugh!

love the wreath, by the way.

Megan said...

I can't decide what I like best... the wreath or the note! Too cute!

carey said...

i love the wreath. i also love the sign. you're a genius.

Molly said...

Beautiful wreath! I will have to try that this weekend. Love the sign too :) Happy Tuesday!
~Molly P

The Pampered Mom said...

Oh my gosh, i love this sign! I have one on my door thats ask people to take off their shoes and not to ring the doorbell ... still ... people don't respect that. Maybe i'll try your sign!!

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

I love your wreath. Thanks for showing how to make it. It seems like it would be easy. Now I have to admit I may love the sign more. lol I love the "We are already with Jesus"

Sam said...

Great wreath....but I love the sign! I think I may copy it and put one on our door!

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Sam
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Texas Gal said...

Cute sign! Cute wreath! :)

Simply Me... said...

Love it... and that sign! my I copy? hee hee...

HUGS

Dianna said...

Love the boxwood wreath. Good re-use of the clippings.

Parrotts said...

I think you need to replicate your door note and sell them in your shop...instant sellout!

jenn g said...

LOL reading your sign! totally going to have to use that on my own door!
the wreath is so simple yet so cute! can't wait to try it!
i have to tell you, i hosted a spouse club mtg at my house last month and i had everyone bring a photocopy of their favorite picture so they could all make your 50 cent craft. they all turned out great and everyone was impressed with their craftness :o)

Gina said...

Cute wreath, but I really love the sign. We've considered disconnecting our doorbell many times for those same reasons!

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

GREAT idea, I need to trim my boxwoods anyway! And awesome sign, I am totally copying that!

Bev said...

Ha! Love your sign - I have one, too. I might have to add the "no shoes" rule, though.
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Rebecca said...

You are so awesome! :) I had misplaced your blog address and thought of you the other day and decided to search for your blog so I can start following it again. :)

Neisha said...

I came across your blog today and have been enjoying all your simple and easy crafts...that's what I like :)
love your door sign...do they read it??

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