Happy November everyone! It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through autumn, and the month of Thanksgiving (and Gilmore Girls!) is upon us. Before you know it, it will be Christmas which I can’t wait for, because it means P will have two weeks off of work and my sister will be home from college. December also happens to be Bisou’s birthday month! Needless to say, I’m very much looking forward to the next several weeks. For now though, I’m still making the most of fall – even if it is an extra gray and rainy one in Portland – before all the leaves fall and it’s too cold out to go on strolls around the neighborhood. Speaking of leaves, how about this laurel wreath? The leaves aren’t technically from a laurel bush, but once they’re layered into wreath form, they look pretty darn festive anyway. Don’t you love how the wreath looks like it’s magically floating on the front door!?
I’m not usually one for seasonal decorating; I think it’s because I don’t like the idea of storing a bunch of objects that only see the light of day a month or two out of the year. I’m happy to make an exception for this wreath though, since it’s seasonally appropriate for fall and winter, and afterwards I don’t have to worry about finding a place to store it. All you need to make your own wreath is a bit of floral wire, hot glue, fishing line and any thick, glossy leaves you can find. I couldn’t decide whether to make a natural green wreath or a fancy gold one so I tried it both ways, and I still can’t choose a favorite. Either way, hanging a laurel wreath on your front door or somewhere in the house adds some natural looking autumnal vibes and holiday cheer, depending on the month. It complements our pumpkins now, and I really hope we get some snowfall this winter so I get to see it in the snow, too. Read on for the tutorial, and a look at Bisou wondering what the heck I was doing standing outside.
Festive Laurel Wreath, in Green or Gold
- freshly picked leaves with stems attached; thick glossy ones work best
- 12 gauge thick floral wire
- 26 gauge thin floral wire
- hot glue + gun
- fishing line
- gold spray paint optional
Cut a length of 12 gauge floral wire to twice the length you want your wreath to be. Wrap the ends together (like a wire hanger) to form a loop. Bend the wire into a laurel wreath shape, making sure the shape lays flat, and the two sides are roughly parallel to each other. Take a look at the picture below for guidance.
Gather your leaves and group them into twos and threes. Use hot glue to securely connect the stems.
We're ready to attach the leaves to the wreath frame! Pick the leaf bundle you want at the top of the wreath. Cut a 3-4 inch piece of 26 gauge wire. Starting at the middle of the wire, tightly wrap the stems until there is an inch of wire remaining on either side of the stems.
Place the stems on the wreath between the two sides of the frame, and use the remaining wire to attach the leaf bundle to the frame. Repeat this process with the rest of the leaf bundles, overlapping slightly, until you reach the middle of the wreath frame. Repeat on the other side of the frame.
Gently lift your wreath; if any leaves are sticking out or not laying the way you want them to, now is the time to use the hot glue to make them lay in an orderly fashion. You can also reinforce the wreath by turning it over and gluing the back a bit; I recommend this step if you're planning to hang the wreath outside.
To cover the seam at the bottom of the frame, cut the stem and tip off of a leaf, roll it around the seam and glue on the back.
If you're making a gold wreath, spray the wreath and allow to dry. Finish by cutting a length of fishing line and looping it through the top of the frame on either side. Now go hang it up and don't forget to share a picture with me!