Here’s a super fast and easy way to make wreath: no need for floral wreath forms and fancy supplies…
We are going to transform a dollar store laundry basket into 2 wreath makers, which can be used again and again to make wreath from natural or artificial elements!
Today we will make two wreaths – a flower wreath and a kitchen herb wreath, perfect for holidays and gift giving! ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
This dollar store hack will enable you to make wreath lightning fast, with just botanical clippings and natural jute twine .
UPDATE: thanks to you all for the enthusiasm and wonderful questions!! I have made a checklist of great tips on how to best use this method. See it at the end of the post!
Step 1: gather materials from the garden to make wreath
Start with treasures gathered from the garden, and a Dollar Store laundry basket about 15″ in diameter.
Cut the basket like shown above. The top part and bottom part are different in size, which will give us TWO wreath jigs !
Make sure they are each 4″ to 5″ tall, and don’t cut too close to the cross pieces.
If you do, like I did in my very first cut, you will end up with a crack. What a great start!
Well, I realized it quickly, and taped this area. So place your cuts at least 1/2″ away from the crossing areas!
Step 2: Arrange the first few cuttings
For the flower wreath, start with branches that are sturdy but still pliable for the bottom layer, such as the Acacia and Olive branches here.
Tip: make cutting long enough to go at least 1/3 to 1/2 of the basket, so the wreath is more sturdy later!
Place the cuttings one stem at a time inside the basket ring until you have about 4 layers as a base.
Keep changing the starting points as you go around the circle.
Next layer some softer plant clippings such as lavender for more colors and texture.
Step 3: Tie the cuttings to make wreath
Once the layers are thick enough, we will tie the wreath and add some more flowers as highlights!
Cut 8 to 10 pieces of natural jute twine at 12″ long each. Find 8 to 10 equally spaced points around the circle, tie each piece around all layers of the wreath, leaving some of the tips of the cuttings loose for a natural look.
Tuck in a few bright colored flowers for some attractive finishing touches. I used Marigolds and Limoniums here, both will dry really pretty too!
Final touch, wrap another longer piece of natural jute twine around a point on the wreath, and tie a loop for hanging.
Doesn’t it make you just so happy?
Important tip: Make the wreath really full and tie the knots tight. Because as the cuttings dry, the wreath will shrink a bit.
Part 2: Make kitchen herb wreath. Continue to next page
Make wreath that is both pretty and useful: a kitchen herb wreath!
The steps are similar to the flower wreath, except we are using all herbs!
I started with bay, then rosemary.
Next, add thyme and lavender.
Tie the knots using natural jute twine , and tuck in some dill blossoms and seed heads as final touches.
Seed heads make everything extra dreamy, don’t they?
Now the checklist of tips on how to make great wreaths with this method:
- use thick layers – 4 to 6 layers at least – of flexible branches, starting at different points. They are the keys to hold the shape nicely
- the dried wreath can be used like grapevine wreath forms for future wreaths!
- experiment with different types of flowers to see which ones dry beautifully
- make sure the cuttings are free of too much water drops, so when we tie the knots, moisture does not get trapped inside
- avoid plants that are know to be harmful, such as Oleanders
- make several hanging points around the circle and rotate the wreath as it is hanging to dry. It will dry into a more natural look.
Shall we keep the wreaths or give them away as gifts?
Luckily, we can do both because they are so easy to make, with our wreath jigs that you can re-use again and agin!
Update: Ever since this post, I have discovered so many awesome wreath materials from nature! Another wreath post coming soon!
Some more nature fun projects you may love:
Amazing living structures you can make too!
Make botanical ice luminaries!