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I have to confess. I’m not a fan of the Christmas decorations you see on the store shelves. I am a nature lover and prefer to have rustic natural decorations over the other. I think it’s awesome how we have different ideas and tastes. That’s what make the holidays so great!
This weekend, I began to get a bit of the holiday season fever. So I decided to make a quick and simple natural twig wreath for my front door. It needed to be appropriate for the whole winter season and not just the holidays.
Looking into my craft stash, I found a 14″ grapevine wreath, so I was set! I went out in yard and started foraging for natural evergreen foliage I could use to create a quick but simple natural twig wreath.
To make my wreath I came up a few sprigs of cedar, some privet twigs, mini pine cones ( I already had these in a box) and just little short pieces of sticks. I was ready to begin!
So today, I’ll show you how to make a natural twig wreath for the front door.
How Long Do Real Wreaths Last Outside?
Climate makes all the difference of how long a real wreath will last. In colder climates and northern areas, it will last until about March. In southern states and warmer areas, it will last through the middle to end of January. To make it last longer, spritz the back of the grapevine with water.
How to Make a Twig Wreath
- A Grapevine Wreath
- 6-10 Various Evergreen Twigs (in various lengths)
Of course, if you prefer, you can use some artificial ones from the craft stores instead. Natural or the other will both work. I just prefer the natural ones.
- 25 Miniature Pine Cones
- 24 inches of Ribbon
- Floral Wire
- Wire Cutters
- Hot Glue Gun
- White Spray Paint (optional)
How to Make the Wreath, Step by Step
First you’ll need to prep your twigs. I cut mine into 5-6″ long pieces and laid them aside.
Next, using a pair of pruning shears, I cut my twigs into pieces about 4″ long and laid them aside too. I loved the ones that have a little natural moss growing on them.
I started gluing the twigs, at random, around the grapevine wreath. It makes a really nice look when you lay a few diagonal of the others to give it a fuller more rustic look.
The idea is to have all the twigs vertical of the round grapevine wreath. This creates a nice polished look for the wreath.
Next, after gluing on the twigs, start gluing the pine cones in a pattern around the wreath. At this point, I tied a string on the back of the wreath and hung it on a nail to take a better look at it.
If you don’t want to hang it at this point to work on it, just hold it up vertically and take a look at it. Does it look pretty consistent around the wreath? This can be your preference. As I said, I didn’t want something really large, so I opted to keep my twigs sort of symmetrical.
Next is spray paint! Take your wreath outside and using a white spray paint, give the wreath a light dusting of color. I thought this added a bit of “winter snow” feel to the wreath. I did consider using the faux snow spray from a can, but didn’t have any on hand. Faux snow also tends to be a bit messy and since my natural twig wreath will be hanging on the door all winter, I didn’t want to have to clean up faux snow.
Once the wreath is dry, the next step is to add evergreen foliage twigs. I placed these inside the grapevine wreath how I wanted them positioned and used floral wire to wrap around the wreath to hold them in place.
It’s Coming Together – Almost Done!
Next is the bow. I tried several different ribbon looks and chose to go with a simple 1.5″ plaid ribbon with a wired edge. The wired edge will allow you to shape your bow in the shape and fluff the bow into a desired shape. Learn How to Make a Big Bow in this great tutorial. If you don’t have a pipe cleaner on hand, the floral wire will work well too for tying off the bow too.
Use the floral wire or pipe cleaner and attach the bow to your natural twig wreath.
Lastly, you’ll need to create a loop to hang the wreath with. Using the wire cutters, cut a longer piece of wire and put it through the grapevine wreath and tie it into a loop. You are done!
You now have your own natural wreath you made yourself!
Now isn’t this wreath gorgeous? It’s just different from what you can purchase in the market. This wreath cost is a fraction of what it would cost to purchase an “evergreen” wreath.
By the way, if you like crafting and saving money too, take a look at my How to Make Your Own Stencils. You’ll love it, no machine required! And if you like primitive, you will fall in love with my Primitive Fall Pumpkin. It comes with a FREE PATTERN.
I’ll bet you didn’t know you could make a natural twig wreath from scratch did ya?
Are you convinced now to make your own? If so, I’d love to see your Natural Twig Wreath.
Tag me on Instagram (@HiddenSprings17) with your wonderful natural twig wreath photo. And while you’re there, tell me I’m not the only one that prefers natural holiday decorations!