23 Dec2011

I was tempted to bring home a large fresh pine wreath made of blue spruce or douglas fir on the trip back from New York, but pinched myself to get real. :) I remembered I had once made and featured a simple pine wreath on this site a couple of years ago, and decided to make another one this year. A visit to Dimasalang early this morning yielded a small pile of cypress? or are they juniper? (as a reader pointed out in a post a couple of years ago) branches and I made this simple wreath for about PHP100 each…

Start with three bunches of cypress/juniper branches for PHP100. You won’t need all of them, but if you want nice “tips” get three bunches at least… You will need some floral wire or dark string and a sturdy clipper and a rattan or wooden ring as a base.

Simply arrange the branch tips in a circular pattern with all tips going clockwise and try to ensure that the wreath is of a sufficient and uniform thickness. Then reach under and slip off the rattan ring and tie the branches to the ring. If using floral wire, you just have to twist the wire tightly around the branches and only tie at the beginning and the end of the wire… it took me less than ten minutes to do. Just fill gaps and areas with additional cypress greens and hang…

If you want a little color, add a simple ribbon or get fancier if desired. Here, a simple grosgrain ribbon in Christmas red wraps around the entire wreath. The ribbon also helps prevent branches from gaping away from the base ring. See another more anemic version I did a couple of years ago, here. It may be a little late for you guys to make one for this year, but I thought you might want to keep this in mind for next year. So simple, so economical, and oh, I forgot, it SMELLS really, really nice. :)

 

COMMENTS:

  1. bearhug0127 says:

    Yes, MM, the smell is really, really nice! And I can’t get enough of it.

    Dec 23, 2011 | 5:26 pm

     
  2. millet says:

    a neighbor has a huge cypress tree in front, so i’ll probably cadge a few boughs next year. am thinking a styrofoam ring would also make a good wreath base, maybe. thanks for the tip, MM!

    Dec 23, 2011 | 10:56 pm

     
  3. rita says:

    i miss going to the christmas tree lot to pick out a tree, decorate it once we get home. the smell of the fresh tree is really nice and fills up the entire house. really adds up to the ambiance of the season. but, since we’ve lived here in germany, and we’re always traveling for the holidays (anywhere here in europe), we haven’t had one. it’s not really worth putting up some, because no one is at home to enjoy it. oy… but the trip to visit friends is also worth it.

    by the way, not a bad looking wreath, if i say so myself :)

    Dec 23, 2011 | 11:01 pm

     
  4. Natie says:

    Elegance in simplicity …i can smell it

    Dec 24, 2011 | 1:55 am

     
  5. Eileen says:

    No need to have brought back a wreath from the States. What you made was absolutely beautiful =)

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Dec 24, 2011 | 12:36 pm

     
  6. ami says:

    Martha Stewart has a whole book dedicated to wreath ideas. Some of the more creative wreaths were made of berries, pine nuts, even autumn leaves.

    Dec 24, 2011 | 8:42 pm

     
  7. Betchay says:

    What a great idea….green for the environment! A wreath is not something for Christmas only….it can be an all year round decoration in the house…..you can embellish it with knick knacks signifying a season/holiday like fruits and flowers for summer;bunnies and chicks for easter; gourds for halloween; hearts for Valentinies, etc!

    Dec 25, 2011 | 7:29 am

     
 

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