A UNIQUE HOLIDAY WREATH
i really love the holiday season. there is so much beauty in the decoration and the anticipation for the traditions that this time of year brings. today, i’m excited to feature a gorgeous holiday wreath by a alyssa hoppe, a wonderfully talented new york floral designer and prop stylist. i love her take on a holiday classic that can live in your home this season if you follow her steps below…take it away, alyssa!
I was inspired to take a modern, clean approach to fall and holiday decor this year with an asymmetrical wreath in a neutral color palette. I’m always thinking about how to repurpose or give another life to what I’m making, so with that in mind, I started with a base for my wreath that would become a great wall hanging piece even after the foliage comes off. Enjoy! – Alyssa
what you’ll need:
Thick cotton twine
Black leather cord
Round Brass tube
how to make it:
- measure out desired length of brass tubing for the base of the wreath and mark with tape. We measured our tubing to 16″ long.
- secure your tubing to the table with c clamps and use a hacksaw to make the cut
- Using sharp scissors, cut the desired length of your leather cord. We cut our length at 64”
- Once your leather cord is cut, slide the cord through the brass tube
- Place the leather cord end to end and secure with masking tape so that you have a continuous loop. Slide the taped section through the brass tube so that it is hidden.
- Decide how long you would like the fringe to be, and cut cotton twine to twice that length. We cut 24 strands at 24″
- fold the cotton twine in half, with a loop at the top. wrap around the brass tubing, and pull ends through the loop at the top in a “lark’s head knot”
- Once all cotton twine strands have been attached to the tube make sure you go through and tighten all of the knots
- Now your base is made and you’re ready to make the foliage layer that attaches.
- Start with your longest leaf branches and attach them end to end using floral wire.
- Starting from the outside, working towards center, layer foliage and flowers on top of another, and attach stems with floral wire
- Once you have reached the middle you want to make sure you cover the connection with a larger flower so it feels seamless
- Once you have finished, hold up the foliage layer to your base and figure out the angle you want to attach it at.
- Using floral wire, attach the foliage to the base at the points of intersection
- Once secure, hang it on the wall and your wreath is finished