Do it yourself Door Wreaths

Garden Life
For many years, wreaths have traditionally been used as a decorative item for many homes. Their origins can be traced as far back as ancient Egypt, where guests were welcomed with beautiful wreaths. Creating your own wreath is easier than you think. In the autumn season, many materials can be found for a wreath in your own garden. Fruits, berries, branches, blooms or even nuts are particularly suitable materials, but you can adjust your designs according to personal taste and preference. Just a few easy steps is all it takes and we will show you everything you need for a creative door decoration from the foundation to the choice of decorative materials. Let your creativity run free and greet your guests with a beautiful door wreath made from your own garden.

The wreath foundation

The foundation for a wreath is always a frame. You can find suitable wreath foundations in your local DIY store, flower shop or in arts and crafts stores. They are usually made of materials such as styrofoam, straw, decorative greenery or branches. Making the foundation for an autumn wreath yourself is a step-by-step process. A quick example is of some materials that are also suitable for making a foundation are willow branches, climbing plants or even newspaper. To make a foundation out of newspaper, numerous pages are placed fan-like on top of each other and twisted into a cord, forming a wreath. Place the ends on top of each other and wrap wire around it and finally, wrap the entire wreath with wire. With a foundation made of willow branches, simply bend the branches in a circle in the desired size and wrap the ends as well as the entire wreath with wire to secure.
When the foundation is completed, the decorating can begin. You can decorate with various materials, but we have put together two decoration options appropriate for this time of year; dried apples or berries.

Wreath with apples

The most suitable apples to use are those with red skin. If you have an apple tree in your garden, you can set several aside before harvesting. In addition, you will need box tree and rose hip.
Cut the apples in thin slices and rub both sides with lemon juice. Place them in the oven at 50 – 70 degrees for four to six hours to dry, turning them often. During this time, you could attach box tree and rose hip to the wreath foundation with the help of florist’s wire. It is important that the stems are long enough so that they are securely held in place. All the materials you choose to use should be placed overlapping so the wreath has a uniform thickness and all stems are hidden. Afterwards, attach the apple slices with hot glue.

Wreath with berries and roses

When decorating a wreath with berries, a foundation made of willow branches is the most suitable option for this version. Collect blackberry branches and roses from your garden and cut them with secateurs in equal lengths.
Afterwards, bind these together in small bunches and attach them to the wreath with wire. Place the individual bunches overlapping each other. The blossoms and berries cover up the stems of the previous bunch. The wire should be pulled tight so that nothing comes loose. When you reach the end of the wreath, stick the end under the blossoms and berries so that the wreath has a uniform look.

What you will need:

Tools: 
• Secateurs 
• Gloves (for work with wire) 
• Wreath foundation 
• Binding wire 
• Hot-glue gun 

Autumn material from the garden: 
• Fruit/berries (possibly dried) 
• Blooms 
• Grains 
• Branches 
• Leaves 
• Nuts 

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