I spent Thanksgiving weekend with my bubble family and had the pleasure of putting up a real tree! This is always really nostalgic for me as it was a long-standing tradition growing up that I just loved. So it made me very happy! (Putting my mini fake tree up on the windowsill in my small flat is just not the same!)
When all was done, we had a healthy pile of clippings that we wanted to repurpose. I did my usual Pinterest search for DIY wreaths but most required items that most people won’t have just laying around the house. (I don’t keep a wreath form in my closet.) Then I had the lightbulb moment of using a picture frame as the base and the rest is history!
What you will need:
● Large picture frame
● Cuttings from your tree
● Any other foliage you’d like to include (holly, mistletoe)
● Garden twine
● String or decorative ribbon
How to make it:
Lie the picture frame on a large, flat surface.
Lay the first layer of tree cuttings around where you’d like them to go. Further trimming them as needed.
Cut the garden twine into 6-8 inch sections and use them to start attaching the cuttings to the frame. I suggest putting them 3-4 inches apart.
Repeat as many times as you’d like, depending on how full of a wreath you’d like.
Wrap the string or ribbon around your wreath for extra security and decoration.
Tuck additional foliage in last so that it’s the most visible.
I totally winged this but I’m very happy with the result - an unconventional (dare we say modern?) wreath! We saved the time and money of buying one and didn’t waste perfectly good pine.
Give it a try! Be creative and use some of the Christmas decorations you already have on hand. Let me know how it goes!