How to: Make a holiday wreath

Like many fun, fabulous twentysomethings living in New York, I spent a wild Friday night at home watching the new Gilmore Girls and attempting to make a wreath. My life is very glamorous and exciting.

My mom is a big wreath person. As long as I can remember, she has hung one on our door every year without fail. Me? I never thought about buying one, let alone making one. But in another attempt to cope with my post-election mental health (or lack thereof), I decided to double down on holiday cheer this year. I was scouting out some holiday greenery for my office desk when I passed by a wooden box marked "$2 Shrube" outside my favorite bodega, filled with branches cast off from the surrounding Christmas trees on sale.

I stuck some branches into a jar at work and called it a day. But what to do with all of the leftover "shrube"? Guided by Google and Martha Stewart, I figured it out:

How To Make a Holiday Wreath

Note to self: Never go to Michael's (Flatiron) on Dec. 1 for supplies ever again. Everyone and their mother is there in a CHRISTMAS PANIC.

Wreath ring (I used this one, choose the size/#of bands based on how big/heavy you want your wreath to be)
Floral wire
Scissors or wire cutter
Pine branches, cut into small/4" pieces leaving a bit of stem to wrap wire around
Small decorations (Baubles, ribbon, shiny things, whatever you please. I got these ornaments from Anthropologie, just take all my money already)
Newspaper to cover your work surface and catch pine needles
Command hook

  1. Cut a segment of floral wire around 1.5 ft and secure one end to a crossbar on the wreath ring by wrapping at least three times or making a knot.
  2. Starting from the inside band (if using a wreath ring with multiple bands), lay a pine branch piece on the ring and wrap together around the stem three times using the floral wire.
  3. Lay another piece on the ring so its needles cover the wrapped stem of the last piece. Attach this piece by wrapping the same piece of floral wire around the stem three times.
  4. Repeat in the same direction around the ring, working outwards until the wreath ring is covered in overlapping pine branch pieces. You can add more pieces to fill in holes or adjust the positioning of the branches, but don’t fuss too much or the needles will fall off! This step took me about one 90-min. episode of the new Gilmore Girls.
  5. Decorate the wreath as you fancy. I used floral wire to weave baubles in and out of the wreath until I liked the way it looked, making sure to secure both ends so they wouldn’t fall out.
  6. Hang your wreath. There are many ways to do this, but I found it easiest to use a small, clear command hook on my door and hang the wreath by its middle bar so it would conceal the hook.

There you have it!