Step one: Get that simmer sachet on the stove to get into the holiday spirit! (Since there's no snow, we might as well make it smell like the holidays)
You will start by making about 10 small evergreen bouquets. Taking 4 to 5 pieces of greenery (they are precut for you), lay them on top of each other, facing the same direction (there is a clear "front" and "back" to the pine needles!). Using your wire, securely tie the mini bouquet at the very base, by wrapping the wire tightly around 3-4 times. Twistie-tie the wire to hold closed. We recommend using the noble (denser needles) as the "backbone" of your wreath, and the cedar/fir pieces toward the front of your mini bouquets so they will show.
You may incorporate your dried materials into these bouquets if you so choose--be as creative as you like! You can add one or two pieces of dried materials per mini bouquet, or cluster them all on one side.
Once you have all 10 bouquets made, lay them around your wreath frame, slightly overlapping, to check how far apart you should space them when attaching. Once you're happy with the layout, you will start wiring the mini bouquets onto the wire frame!
Take your paddle wire, and hold your bouquet securely against the wire frame. Tightly wrap the wire around the base of your mini bouquet about three times, then proceed to move the wire down to attach the next mini bouquet, slightly overlapping the bouquets of greens so you don't see the wire bases.
Once you are done attaching all the bouquets, use the pinecones to fill in any "gaps" or to create a pinecone cluster! To do this, cut a piece of wire about 12 to 18" in length and encircle the base of the pinecone tightly with the wire, leaving wire on each end of the pinecone. Wrap the ends of the wire around the wreath and twistie tie them on the back to secure.
Before hanging your wreath, be sure no wire is poking out the back that may scratch your door! Tie on your ribbon and enjoy!
To keep your wreath fresh, we recommend misting it with water regularly and keeping it out of the direct sun. You can save your frame and reuse it next year!
Step one: Get that simmer sachet on the stove to get into the holiday spirit! (Since there's no snow, we might as well make it smell like the holidays!)
Take out your precut wire pieces. You will use one piece of wire per pinecone. Encircle the base of the pinecone tightly with the wire, securely weaving the wire into the "petals" of the pinecone and creating a tight loop around the pinecone. Be sure to center the pinecones on the wire, so there is wire on each end of the pinecone. Wrap the ends of the wire around the grapevine wreath frame, starting at the top, and twistie tie the wire on the back side of the wreath to secure.
Place the pinecones as tightly together as possible around the whole wreath for a full look. We have also included glue sticks, which will help to secure any pinecones that insist on being floppy! You can use the dried dusty miller in a couple ways: either tuck in pieces here and there (and glue to secure), or keep them all clustered together to look like a natural "bow." Tie on your ribbon and enjoy!