Try this twig wreath DIY with branches collected from your backyard. It's a great base you can enjoy as is, or add other elements to create a beautiful wreath for any season.
Here's another great nature craft that might cost you next to nothing to make. We happen to have a ton of oak trees behind our house and every time there's a storm we get many twigs and small branches in the yard. Perfect for making a pretty fall rustic wreath for my home decor.
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- Twigs or thin branches. You could even use clippings from trees or shrubs you need to prune. Also, sometimes you can find birch or willow twigs for sale at Trader Joe's.
- A metal wreath frame. I used an old one but you can find these at the dollar store too. Mine was about 10 inches in diameter resulting in about a 15 inch diameter wreath. If you want to make a large wreath, just use a larger base and create more bundles.
- A paddle of floral wire in black. Okay, I did buy this because all of my wire is green and it would show on the wreath but the black merely melts into the shadows. You could also try twine but I don't think that it will hold as well.
DIY Twig Wreath Tutorial
- Gather as many small thin twigs or branches as you can. Again, you could also use fresh branches from cuttings if you need to do some pruning.
- Cut them about 6-8 inches long.
- Next bundle about 7 or 8 twigs together with floral wire.
I found as I worked that it looks better if you wrap the wire closer to the bottom third instead of the middle of the bundle.
Attaching the Bundles to the Frame
Start by tying the paddle of floral wire to the frame.
Lay a bundle on the frame at a slight angle and wrap the floral wire around the bundle and the frame several times.
Next, add a second bundle of twigs just to the left of the first bundle and wrap the wire around it.
The third bundle is placed below the first bundle slightly overlapping and wired to the frame. The fourth bundle is placed just to the left of the third slightly overlapping the second bundle.
The overlap helps to hide the wire used to hold the bundle of twigs together.
Continue this process until you completely cover the wreath frame.
Pretty neat, huh?
You really don't notice the wire except on the one side. If you have this problem you could hot glue a few extra twigs on that spot or tie a bow there. I probably could have also placed one more bunch over that area.
Note: If you plan to hang this indoors place it in a 200 degree oven for 1 hour on a pan covered with foil to kill any pests or larvae.
I prefer the rustic look of this natural twig wreath. However, you could stick some floral picks or berries from your craft stash in between the twigs. You could also tie on a burlap bow or hot glue some beautiful dried flowers as accent pieces.
Don't care for rustic? Make it modern with white spray paint and/or glitter. The choice is yours.
Twig Wreath DIY
- 1 pair of pruners or heavy duty scissors
- many thin twigs or branches from the yard
- 1 wire wreath form
- floral wire paddle in black
- Gather branches from the yard.
- Strip any leaves or smaller branches from the sides.
- Cut or break the branches into about 8 inch lengths choosing straight sections.
- Bundle about 6-8 branches and wrap black wire around the bottom third to hold them together.
- Attach the black florist wire paddle to the wreath frame.
- Start laying a bundle on the frame at a slight angle and wrap the wire around it and the frame several times.
- Place another bundle next to the first one just to the left and continue wrapping wire around the new bundle to secure it to the frame.
- Next, add a third bundle below the first bundle covering the wired section and use the wire paddle again to secure it by wrapping the wire around the bundle and frame several times.
- Add a fourth bundle just inside the 3rd bundle the same way.
- Continue adding two bundles overlapping the bundles above until you fill the frame.
- If you plan to hang this indoors place it in a 200 degree oven for 1 hour on a pan covered with foil to kill any pests or larvae.