The other day I made a wreath out of Juniper branches to hang from the Visitor Center chandelier. We needed a centerpiece for our luminary stroll open house. It took about 45 minutes. This natural evergreen wreath was easy to make and looks great.
Here are the steps to making your own natural evergreen wreath:
- First, find a Juniper tree with large quantities of blue berries. Prune branches 18 to 24 inches long. You will need at least 12 branches this size.
- Next, place four branches in a square overlapping each other by six to eight inches. Make sure branches are all facing the same direction all around the square.
- Tie the stems to the upper portion of the branch-ends with fine black wire.
- Next, attach four more branches but rotate 1/8 of a turn. Tie stems and tips together like the previous square. Tie these branches to the original four branches as well.
- Now look at the wreath. If there are exposed stems (pruned portions), cover them with the last four branches placing them the opposite direction. Tie these branches to the wreath tightly. All ties should be invisible.
- I topped my wreath with some red holly berries. They really show up well against the dark green of the Juniper branches.
- You can finish it with some red velvet bows, pine cones or other natural elements.
The fragrance of fresh cut evergreen branches permeate the room plus you have the satisfaction that you created your own wreath from natural elements. If I can make this, then you can too. Good Luck.