Making a bay wreath

DIY: Make a bay wreath

I’ve always loved to decorate for the holidays with fresh wreaths and garlands. Leave it to Martha Stewart to inspire me in my teens with her elaborate Christmas special on HGTV. Once I moved out of my parents house, I usually splurged on a fresh pine wreath for the rental door, but I never have made my one until now.

DIY: Make a bay wreath

On my current quest to not spend money, I decided to make my first fresh wreath out of bay branches from my parents’ lovely tree. My dad was happy to agree to a little pruning. As he worked on the tree, I loaded my back seat full of bay branches. I certainly was a happy girl driving home with the fresh bay smell filling the car with loveliness.

DIY: Make a bay wreath

I did a little internet research on making a wreath and was happy to find Martha making a wreath on this video as my guide. I picked up a 18″ wire wreath form, a paddle of 26 gauge green floral wire and clear hair bands for the project. I think I spent about $6 on all the materials which is certainly on my budget.

DIY: Make a bay wreath

Set up was simple, I rinsed the branches off outside and let them dry in the morning sun for a few hours before I got started.

DIY: Make a bay wreath

Then I just clipped the branches into small, compact bundles.

DIY: Make a bay wreath

I positioned the leaves so they all laid the same direction and then wrapped the clear hair band around the bottom.

DIY: Make a bay wreath

Once I had a few bundles ready, I secured the end of wire to the form and then wrapped the wire around the bundle tightly.

DIY: Make a bay wreath

The second bundle overlapped the first and was secured the same way. I kept this pattern going until the whole wreath was covered with bundles. Then I just cut the wire and tied it off on the back of the form.

DIY: Make a bay wreath

Here it is finished. It’s bigger than any other wreath we’ve had on our door, but I like it over-sized and simple. Maybe next time I add some texture with different types of leaves or a bow.

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