No autumn door is complete without a nicely put-together wreath, berries and blossoms carefully arranged offer a welcoming invitation to family and friends. There are plenty of places to buy one, but this year, why not try crafting your own? Easy to assemble, your guests will be amazed that your wreath didn’t cost ten times as much as you’ll spend on the pieces.
Tools & Materials
Rose hip – The fruit of the rose plant, rose hips are often used in herbal teas or jams. Ripening throughout autumn, they’ll bring a great, consistent red to your wreath.
Rowan berry – Rowan berries, which come from the similarly named rowan tree, are small, usually orange or red pomes that are often nibbled on by birds but are popular for their bright colors and ornamental uses.
Hawthorn – As the name suggests, this is a kind of shrub or tree that usually features a small fruit with thorny branches. The fruit is often referred to as a “haw.” Certain species are occasionally used to make jelly.
Baby’s-breath – Most commonly used in flower arrangement or bouquets, baby’s-breath also makes occasional appearances in herbal medicine.
Whatever pieces you end up using, make sure to vary your colors. Some berries and flowers are different shades than others. Go ahead and space them out!
1. Trim your plants with a small pair of garden snips, reserving larger pieces with strong stems. Smaller pieces can be bundled together with thin wire to create attractive bunches.
2. Insert the bunches and branches directly into a foam base, keeping things close together. This will keep the amount of the base that shows through to a minimum.
3. This is an art, not a science—and there’s no one way that’s right. As you work your way along, take a moment to step back every once in a while and squint your eyes. How does the arrangement look? Fill in any holes with pops of color or other bundles, and wind longer pieces underneath others to keep them in place.