We’re continuing our seasonal series on this quick and easy wreath. We first began with the winter-inspired wreath, then a springtime wreath. Now here we are celebrating summer (Which is going by way too fast. Would you agree?).
I’m a firm believer that wreaths are not only a sign of eternity — the forever circle of life — but they are also an easy and affordable (sometimes) way to decorate in multiple ways. That’s why they are a great addition to a wedding, a celebration or even just on your front door.
Honestly, it’s been hard to think about this summer wreath with all of our heat here in the Pacific Northwest. Flowers would be totally out of the question. Nothing would hold up to the 90- and sometimes 100-degree heat. The poor wreath would be wilted and fried by the first direct ray of sunshine.
Luckily, we’ve hit a lull. Our summer days are much more tolerable and the nights are getting chillier. In fact, do I dare admit that I’m wearing jeans today?
So, that’s when I knew we better work on this wreath and celebrate what is left of this cherished season.
As I was casually talking with my dad about the weather and other silly life stuff while he was trimming the old camellia tree (it’s gorgeous when in bloom), that’s when it hit me. These hearty branches and leaves are just what I need.
I quickly confiscated a few branches lying on the ground and went on my merry way.
You know my wine barrel rim that I’ve used before?
Well, I grabbed it again. You could use any wreath starter from the craft store, or get brave and find any circular item to re-use.
So that’s when I got to work.
I gathered all of my supplies. The wine barrel rim, pruning shears, craft wire, wire cutters, and clippings.
Then I began clipping the best pieces of camellia tree leaves, discarding the icky leaves and saving different sized branches.
Next, I clipped several pieces of craft wire, probably about 6-7 inches long (clearly I am not a hand model, excuse the dry chubby things!)
It’s easiest if the wire pieces are folded in a U shape to begin.
Then I was ready to secure the branches to the wine barrel rim. I began with the largest branch.
Then I turned the next largest branch opposit direction so it’s leaves would cover the largest branch. Lastly, I used the smallest branches to fill in the bare spots.
Just twist the wire around the branch and rim. Don’t worry about how pretty it looks, we’ll take care of that later.
I flipped it back face up and really felt like it wasn’t enough.
Although a flower would be awesome, I really wanted to steer clear of anything that would wilt in two seconds. So that’s when I looked around my yard and figured the boxwoods would bring in some different texture and color.
A quick trim and perfecto!
After tucking and securing (sounds like I’m talking about getting into my pair of jeans!), I really liked what I saw.
But, it still wasn’t enough. It goes with the design rule or grouping odds — go for one of something, three of something or five of something. So that’s when I went for the heather.
It gave me that flower look without having a full bloom that would look ugly in the hot sun.
Heather was the perect size and texture to add that extra pop of color. I just tucked it in between the leaves and added one more piece of wire.
Next I trimmed the wires.
Flipped it over, and…
… within 15 minutes, I was done.
Turn it any way you want for a custom look.
I’m not sure how long this one will last, but I suspect at least a week or two.
Tell us, what is your favorite summer-time wreath?