Hey, gals! Welcome back!
It is time for my first ever do-it-yourself blog post. I am going to be walking you through how I created this natural bohemian inspired winter wreath using only foraged and affordable materials.
I am super excited for this one because not only is it an easy craft the finished product is just super cute. There are so many DIY wreaths out there but what I love about this one is that it has the boho feel to it.
Wreaths are unbelievably expensive. An artificial wreath can easily run you $30-$40 just for the base alone. That is in the low price range for wreaths that are in stores this season. The super fancy ones from Front Gate and Neman& Marcus sell for hundreds.
DIY’s do not have to be expensive guys. Total supplies cost me under $10 (I’m including a full spool of yarn in the total price. However, I did not even use close to half a spool of yarn).
Wire wreath form (Found mine at the Dollar Tree)
Floral Wire (can be purchased at Dollar Tree)
Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)
Pruning Shears ( Mine were $3.88 at Walmart)
Foraged Branches (not pictured)
Step 1: Gather materials
First, you need to make sure you have all the essential materials. Most of these materials you probably own already (ie: scissors and a hot glue gun). The supplies that you do not already have on hand should be easy to find and super affordable.
Since we are going to make this wreath out of natural branches you can gather those now. I took a walk right behind my house and found these long needle branches and started clipping away with the pruning shears.
Whatever evergreens you have available would work perfectly pick what you’re drawn to.
Step 2: Organize Foraged Materials by size
(Side note: I’m going to apologize once for my horrendous base housing floors. They are my least favorite thing about our house. Please ignore them.)
Here you should make two separate piles of your foraged branches. One pile for your smaller pieces and one for your larger. By doing so it will make it easy to find the piece you need so creating the wreath will be much simpler.
Step 3: Attach first large piece along outer rim with Floral Wire
You are going to lay your branch around your wire form and attach it to the outer wire ring with floral wire simply by wrapping the floral wire around the base. I attached once towards the needles and another time further down about 3 inches from the end of the branch.
I didn’t buy floral wire trimmers because the pruner works just fine. No need to purchase unnecessary tools. After all, we are trying to do boho on a budget here!
Step 4: Repeat with another large branch.
You will be repeating step #3 with the large branches all the way around the wire form.
The further along you get the fuller the wreath will become and you will be attaching the branches to not only the outer rings of the form, but also the center rings.
You’ll want to lay the needles or leaves you are attaching so that they cover the bottom part of the branch. You will be attaching all of the branches over the one before. They should all be facing the same direction like so:
When you have made your way almost all the way around the form and you are placing your last large branch you will simply lift up the needles from the very first branch you placed to hide the bottom stick of your last branch.
Step 5: Adjust
Make adjustments till you are happy with the finished product. It is really all about playing around to see what you like best.
Below I filled in with the smaller branches where I thought it needed it.
Also, this is the perfect time to flip over the wreath and cut off the excess pieces. You don’t need to over-trim the branches just remove any excess branches that are sticking out too far.
Step 6: Decorate the base/ Create Pom Poms
Now that we have the foraged base complete you can really decorate however you’d like from here. You can even leave it natural. Adding more foraged greenery and berries or pinecones would look awesome. Great option if you’re going for a super natural look!
However, since I am going for a bohemian feel I thought what better way to achieve the look than to create some pom poms. Pom Poms are just so stinking cute, even the phrase itself is so fun to say. This is personally my favorite step of this do-it-yourself tutorial.
There are so many ways to create pom poms. This was my first time creating them (but certainly not the last). I’m going to share with you my favorite way to make pom poms that I’ve tried so far. AWESOME NEWS GUYS: You only need your scissors, yarn, and your hands. Yay!
For these mini pom poms:
First cut off a piece of yarn about 6 1/2″ and set it aside.
Then simply wrap the yarn around your index and middle finger like so about 25 times.
Now, slide the wrapped yarn gently off your finger. You can now carefully snip off the connection to the spool of yarn.
All you have to do now is tie your piece of yarn around the center of the cluster you created. Tie it as tight as possible without breaking the yarn. Do a double knot to ensure it is all secured.
Snip away the loops with your scissors making sure not to cut the middle string or hurt yourself.
At this point, this (left photo) is what your pom pom will look like. You’ll need to give it a little haircut to make sure it’s all uniform (like the photo on the right).
Lastly, put your fingers on the pom pom and run your fingers over the strings like you’re giving the pom a massage. This is what will make it look super fluffy.
Tada! You have your mini Pom’s. Now repeat with as many colors as you’d like then arrange your poms around your wreath.
Once you’ve decided where you want each pom to go, hot glue them on with a dot of glue.
I gave my wreath a mini trim so you could see that last pom and that was it.
Thanks for checking out my first DIY post today. I am super happy with the finished product and hope you enjoyed it too. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to help you along.
If you recreate this foraged wreath please share a photo with me. I would LOVE to see your recreation!