A little more Valentine’s Day, anyone?
This is a pretty simple way to make a basic wreath in virtually any shape you want it. I had in mind a sort of primitive-style wreath, but of course, you could add as much embellishment and material as you want to fatten it up and make it less simplistic.
I started by using two strands of raffia-covered wire (bought in the floral section of the craft store), twisted together to make one, strong strand long enough to make the wreath about the circumference that you want it to be. Make a rough circle out of it and twist the loose ends together. Because this is a heart shape, the fastened ends make a natural spot to make the point of the heart:
Now, roughly form this into the shape of a heart. Again, I was going for imperfection, so I wanted it off-centered:
Now, forage for some supplies in your yard. Woodsy vines work the best: wisteria, grapevine–anything that will hold its shape when dry. I have a ton of wisteria, so that’s what I collected:
Take one strand of vine, and another of the raffia-covered wire. Place the vine along your heart form and using the new piece of raffia-wire, wrap and anchor the vine to the form, all along the shape of the heart. Take a shorter piece of raffia-wire and anchor the ‘valley’ of the heart to the lower ‘point’ of the heart, so that the thing keeps it’s heart shape (as you add vine to the form, it will want to flex the heart shape right out of the form).
Now, we’re gonna switch from raffia-covered wire, to some sort of thin-gauged metal wire:
Begin adding more vines to the form and anchoring them into place with little bits of the small wire:
Add as much or as little vineage as you want until you get the rough shape/thickness you’re after–I only used about four or five pieces of vine:
Now, to change up the texture and bulk it up a bit, add in some other types of branches, moss, etc., adhering them in with a glue gun.
This is about the shape/size/thickness I was after, so, time to embellish with ribbons:
I chose a selection of narrow, Valentine’s-inspired grosgrain ribbons, and began cutting small pieces that I then tied into simple knots. Some I tied directly around vines or branches in the wreath, others, I tied and then glued on. Clip the loose ends of the knots short.
Add a ton of them in all different colors, in a totally random fashion.
Affix a hanging ribbon to the top of the wreath (I usually tie it on and hot-glue it just for extra hold), and hang it!