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Homemade wreaths in the family room

I posted this photo on Instagram yesterday of the project I did the night before:

Cute homemade wreaths hanging on a branch.

I wasn’t planning on doing a full tutorial – this one was just something I wanted to put on that big, blank wall over the couch to enjoy for the Christmas season.

But once the comments and likes came through (my second most liked photo of all time – this one is #1, and rightfully so), I realized that maybe details would be appreciated in case you want to try this wreath project in your home.

This one is not particularly difficult, but it is a little labor-intensive. Making wreaths is not the fastest thing and it chews up your hands a bit, so be warned :) I started my wreath-making around 4pm once the kids got home from school, spread it all out in the family room with holiday baking shows on in the background. After a quick stop to make dinner and then again to tuck the kids in bed, I was finally finished and hung everything up around 9:30 pm. So give yourself a solid couple of hours to finish this one.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own wreath display:

embroidery hoops in various sizes | floral wire | greenery | scissors | string

Typically, wreaths are made on wire frames, but when I went to the craft store to buy a few, I didn’t see the options I wanted for size. I just figured I would make my own with wire hangers … until I saw the embroidery hoops and realized they would make the perfect wreath forms.

They come in many different sizes (I bought a large, medium, small and extra small for variety). Besides being quite inexpensive ($1.50-$3.50 each), you actually get two wreaths out of each hoop when you separate them. And, I like that even if the wood of the hoop shows through when finished, it feels more natural than a wire frame would.

Okay, onto the greenery.

I used four different types – cedar, boxwood, pine and olive. I clipped the pine and a few branches of cedar from our yard and the others I bought at the wholesale flower market. Sometimes you can find greens at the grocery store or you could try a local florist.

You could mix the greens for each wreath, or keep them separate, as I did. I do like how each type of greenery has a distinct leaf shape that is really highlighted when on its own.

To make the wreath, gather small clippings of the greenery and wire to the form, overlapping as you move around to hide the stems and wire.

Here’s a good wreath-making how-to from Martha Stewart, if you need better instructions :)

In total, I made seven wreaths – two out of cedar, two boxwood, two olive and one pine.

To hang my wreaths, I used a stick I have been saving. I think it came from our yard and maybe the boys were playing with it outside and they left it on the patio. It was a great shape and size and so I peeled off the outer layer of bark and have been hiding it away waiting for the perfect use. This is it!

I simply wrapped each end with a piece of thin macrame rope (from here) and hung from a nail in the wall.

Next, I tied on each wreath at random lengths with plain bakers twine (similar to this). I like the organic and imperfect detail the strings and knots give to the whole arrangement.

And now our family room feels so much more festive.

I hope this little how-I-made-it was helpful!

24 Responses to Homemade wreaths in the family room

  1. Debi December 9, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    I love you fresh, clean sensibility when it comes to decor. It feels inviting, but not cluttered. Carry on and we’ll stay tuned in. Cheers!

    • emily December 11, 2017 at 10:43 am #

      Thank you, Debi!

  2. cindy December 9, 2017 at 4:57 am #

    LOVE IT! never would have thought of using embroidery hoops. Thanks for tutorial!

  3. Sue December 8, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    Wow Emily this is beautiful, I believe I could do this project. Thank you so much.

  4. Molly December 7, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    Lovely! May I ask where you got your throw pillows from? ( I recognized the plaid Target one, but love the others). ;).

    • emily December 8, 2017 at 9:39 am #

      The x pillows are from CB2, the leather pillow is from Stagg Design and the others are target.

  5. Colleen December 7, 2017 at 6:52 am #

    Love this Em! So simple, yet perfect. All the macrame wall hangings out now remind me of the ones my mom hung all over our house in the 80s! ugh! haha! But this I can love…even all year!

  6. Peg December 6, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    Awesome idea. I think I just might have an extra hoop in the basement. I need just a small wreath for my kitchen window over the sink. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Shara December 6, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    Love the simplicity & the creativity of this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. frannie December 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    do you find that it dries out and begins dropping leaves prior to Christmas? or do you think it would help to spray it with water every once in a while?

    • emily December 8, 2017 at 9:40 am #

      I haven’t noticed any leaves dropping yet – but I just hung them this week. As long as they don’t get bumped, I think they should dry and stay intact. You could try misting them regularly to see if that helps.

  9. Tina December 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    This is lovely! How long will the fresh greenery typically last? We have a variety of greens to choose from in our yard and I’d love to try this.

  10. Theresa December 6, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    Thank you for breaking down how you did yours! So so inspiring! Craving simple decor this year.

  11. Debbie December 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    I love this so much. I’ve never worked with real greenery before, but find myself craving it this year. We also have a very large, tall, empty wall that has been mocking me for a while and I love this solution!

  12. susie December 6, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    I used an embroidery circle this year too, but I used twine to tie it on, it was fast and simple

  13. Nancy December 6, 2017 at 11:02 am #

    I love it!

  14. Danielle Hart December 6, 2017 at 10:54 am #

    I am so glad to see that I’m not the only one who might be considered behind in decorating. this is our first Christmas in this home so I totally get you on the slow and intentional method to decorating. We’ve hung paper snowflakes on one of our 9 1/2 foot windows and hopefully after school we’ll finally hang some ornaments in the other large window.

  15. Laura December 6, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    <3!! Wish I had a big wall somewhere!!

  16. Rust December 6, 2017 at 10:36 am #

    Love love love this look!

  17. R December 6, 2017 at 10:30 am #

    I love it! Does it smell good?

    • emily December 8, 2017 at 9:41 am #

      It did on the first day or two … now it is starting to dry out and losing its scent.

  18. Mickie December 6, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    Really beautiful for decoration on your wall. You have inspired me!

  19. Lisa McCracken December 6, 2017 at 10:22 am #

    This is beautiful. I saw something similar on insta in the past couple weeks, but I like your version better. Now, to just find the time to fit this in my schedule….:)

  20. Robin D December 6, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    Super helpful! Thank you!!

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