Friday, December 7, 2012

DIY Holly wreath tutorial

 Every year while perusing the Pottery Barn catalog I fall in love with their fresh foliage wreaths. I've always been enthralled with the homespun Christmas look, so fresh wreaths are right up my alley. Then I found a shop on Etsy that sells gorgeous fresh box wood wreaths and the light bulb in my rusty brain started to flicker. 'I wonder if I could do such a thing?' Turns out it's not only possible but it's totally budget friendly! 

 The great thing about this tutorial is it should work for just about any evergreen. Boxwood, Balsam, Pine, Cedar....etc. Whatever you have at your disposal. (Unfortunately for my hands all I had was holly) 
 I usually hate our holly bushes. They're poky, harbor scary creatures, and need lots of hair cuts to keep them in line. This year, I'm super glad to have them!! 
(it only took 5 years...sheesh!)

 To begin, cut each stem off of the branches. Mine were all about 5-7 inches long. Also, to wrap the bundles of holly, I cut some of my floral wire in thirds making them around 5 inches long.

 You may now commence the "Fa la la-ing"


  1. Your wreath is gorgeous! I love the wreaths in pottery barn as well and I've thought the same thing year after year I just need to try and make one! I never seem to have enough time! Thanks for sharing ... I might have to give this a try one day! Stopping by from Thirty handmade days linky party! Have a great weekend ;)

  2. I loooove fresh wreaths - yours is so pretty! Great tutorial! I was excited to be your 300th follower :). Have a great weekend Amanda!

  3. Wow, your wreath is amazing! It really is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing this over at my Pinworthy Projects Party.

  4. This turned out beautifully! Pinning this for sure-I just made a magnolia wreath inspired by Pottery Barn! Here from TT&J!

  5. I have been looking for a quality holly wreath tutorial, thank you!!! This looks easy, affordable, and fun :-)!

  6. Amanda...This wreath is beautiful!....Blessings, Becky


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