Steps // How to Make an Evergreen Wreath
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Overview

 
Step One // How to Make an Evergreen Wreath

Overview

materials and tools for creating an evergreen Christmas wreath
Photo by Laura Moss

Magnolia leaves, abundant in the South, can be ordered from your local florist. During the holiday season, some grocery stores stock the branches, and you can even find them at for $13 a bunch.

Evergreen clippings can be found at your supermarket or florist for a few dollars a bunch. If you have trees on your property, head outside and cut a few sprigs yourself. Look for varieties that have a decent shelf life, such as Scotch pine, white pine, balsam fir, noble fir, white fir, Douglas fir, boxwood, and juniper.

A metal wreath form, raffia twine, and floral wire can all be found at your local craft store or hobby shop.

 
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Make the Wreath Form

 
Step Two // How to Make an Evergreen Wreath

Make the Wreath Form

wrapping sections of raffia twine around the metal form for an evergreen wreath
Photo by Laura Moss

Wrap sections of raffia twine around the metal form, overlapping the loose ends with new pieces as you go along. This will create a good base to which you'll wire your stems.

 
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Cut the Stems

 
Step Three // How to Make an Evergreen Wreath

Cut the Stems

cutting magnolia leaf stems for an evergreen wreath

Starting with the magnolia leaves, trim the greens, leaving about 2 to 3 inches of stem on each.

 
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Begin Filling Out the Wreath

 
Step Four // How to Make an Evergreen Wreath

Begin Filling Out the Wreath

wrapping magnolia leaf stems around the metal frame for an evergreen wreath

Wire one or two magnolia stems to a small section of the form. Secure them by wrapping the wire tightly around the stems and the form. It helps to hold the entire spool and use it as leverage while you are wrapping; you'll get a tighter bind that way.

 
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Layer On the Pine Branches

 
Step Five // How to Make an Evergreen Wreath

Layer On the Pine Branches

adding evergreen branches to an evergreen wreath

Trim the pine in the same way as the magnolia leaves, leaving 2 to 3 inches of stem exposed. Layer them on top of the magnolia and bind them tightly with wire.

 
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Fill Out the Wreath

 
Step Six // How to Make an Evergreen Wreath

Fill Out the Wreath

adding juniper branches to a half-completed evergreen wreath
Photo by Laura Moss

Add juniper branches in the same manner as the magnolia and pine. Follow this order for the entire form: Magnolia first, pine next, then juniper. Repeat until the wreath is full.

Now you've got an elegant evergreen wreath to ring in the season!

 

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