|Three sizes of crimp rings|
|This is about the amount of greens I pick for a 12" wreath|
Below you can see that I use a good handful of greens and woody stems to add strength and bulk to the wreath. Because I place them behind my green bunches, you don't see them. anyway.
Continue adding more bunches and overlapping them until you are about six inches from where your wreath begins.
See how full and pretty it is? If you find any greens that stick out too far or that are brown, you can snip them off with a scissors and no one will ever be the wiser. I have friends that trim their store bought wreaths.
When you get to the last six inches, you should tie back the greens at the starting point so that you don't wrap over them again. I use a twist tie for this.
In the picture below, you can see I'm pretty close to the my starting point so now I'm making my bunches a lot shorter and working them under the starting point. Here is where I usually tie the greens at the starting point back so that they don't get caught in the wire. From here on, you have to weave the wire underneath starting point when you wrap and bring it back towards your last bunch, adding & overlapping another smaller bunch, wrapping and weaving, etc. until there's no more room to add anymore greens.
Cut the wire leaving about 10 inches free and turn the wreath over. Weave the end of the wire through the stems and wire on the back of the wreath as far as you can. I sometimes use a large eye needle and needle nose pliers to do this.
Don't worry if the place where you started/stopped is more obvious than you'd like. Normally that's where you will tie your bow anyway. To give you ideas, here are pictures of some of the wreaths I've made so far this holiday season.
|Wreath for my parents front door|
|Wreath made for my daughter's house|