How to make a fresh evergreen Christmas wreath and swag

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How to make a fresh evergreen Christmas wreath and swag
Make your own Christmas wreath with fresh evergreens from your garden. (Getty Premium images)

Welcome friends and family to your home this festive season with a fresh evergreen wreath on your front door and fragrant evergreen swags over interior doorways. You can easily make these Christmas favourites with fresh holly, fir, juniper or pine branches and fresh magnolia leaves. Wreath forms and floral supplies are available at craft and pound shops. Christmas bows made with festive holiday ribbon add a finishing touch to your wreath and swag designs.

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Things you need

  • Pruning shears
  • Wet foam wreath form
  • Christmas ribbon
  • Fresh evergreens
  • Floral U hooks
  • Christmas bow
  • Wire swag form
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters

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    Wet foam Christmas wreath

  1. 1

    Prepare the evergreens for the wreath or the swag by removing any dead material and trimming the pieces to size. Soak a wet foam floral wreath in water. The foam should be damp, not fully saturated.

  2. 2

    Place the wet foam wreath face up on a flat surface. Wet foam wreaths retain water and allow your fresh evergreen Christmas wreath to live longer. Cut a length of Christmas ribbon to make the hanger for the wreath. Loop the ribbon around the top of the wreath and tie the ends together in a small bow.

  3. 3

    Position one stalk/leaf/branch of fresh evergreens on top of the wreath form, stem pointing down. You can use any type of evergreens that you like from holly branches to magnolia leaves. Insert a floral U clip over the stem and into the foam wreath form. One U clip will hold a single magnolia leaf, but heavy evergreen branches may require several U clips along the length of the branch.

  4. 4

    Secure evergreen material around the face of the wreath with U clips, overlapping leaves and greenery to hide the stems. Tuck the stems of the last piece behind the previous piece.

  5. 5

    Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to cover the outside edge and the inside edge of the wreath form with evergreens. Position a Christmas bow on the face of the wreath. Tie the bow around the wreath, if tie-on ribbons are attached. If not, cut a 15 cm (6-inch) strip of floral wire and slide it halfway through the backside of the knot in the centre of the bow. Bend the wire in half and insert the ends into the floral foam to hold the ribbon in place.

  6. 6

    Water the foam wreath every few days to help preserve the evergreens.

    Wire Christmas swag

  1. 1

    Place a wire swag form face up on a flat surface. Place one piece of fresh evergreen foliage on the top of one side of the swag form. The tip of the greenery should fall beyond the right or left edge of the swag form and the stem should be on top of the wire.

  2. 2

    Unroll 20 cm (8 inches) of floral wire from the spool. Hook the end of the wire around the swag wire touching the evergreen stem. The wire is still attached to the spool and is now also attached to the wire swag form. Wrap the floral wire around the stem to secure it to the swag form.

  3. 3

    Layer the evergreens side-by-side and on top of each other and wire each one to the swag form. Fill each side of the swag form. Keep the wire on the roll to make the wrapping job faster, or cut the wire and wrap each piece of evergreen individually.

  4. 4

    Attach a Christmas bow to the centre of the swag; tie the ribbon to the wire form or make your own wire attachment. Hang the swag with a Christmas ribbon hanger.

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