I love wreaths. However, we have a sordid past and I am a little scarred as a result. It involves Martha Stewart + cranberries + 1 foam wreath form. I am a glutton for punishment, as I have attempted the Martha Stewart cranberry wreath 3 times, in my sordid wreath past. The first time was a gift for my mother-in-law and I came away, six hours later, with bloody fingers and cranberry stained hands. I did give her a gorgeous wreath that year, but all I could think was, “Damn that Martha Stewart!”
The second time I made two smaller cranberry wreaths. I stood back to admire my handiwork, as the wreath hanging on the left side of the twin doors I was decorating, came crashing down. The foam broke into a million pieces, scattering cranberries all over the porch. I cried and vowed to end my wreath-making career then and there.
So, wreaths and I are not on such great terms. But, I do love them so!
This wreath is easy. And Spring-like! It only took about an hour to make. I used fresh greenery, so it will not last forever. I love the square shape. Who says wreaths have to be round or oval?
I cut greenery, from a completely overgrown bush in my backyard that had a small leaf that resembled boxwood.
Then, I wired together the stems, maintaining the square shape as I went along. I used enough stems to create a sturdy structure that would hold the square shape and used a stick across the top to keep it straight.
I cut a strip of leftover fabric that has a burlap-esque look to it, to hang it with. I did not have any burlap, which would have been ideal for the ribbon.
After a four-year hiatus from wreaths, I have decided to conquer this simple and elegant square-shaped wreath, and will enjoy it on my front door until it wilts, which will probably be tomorrow.
Until then, Happy Spring!
© copyright 2013 Mariam d’Eustachio.
3 responses to “An Easy Spring Garden Wreath”
Happy Easter, Mariam, Kevin, Grace & Sam. Thanks for a home-beauty reminder.
I love the square shape too! You are so clever. Steve’s brother and wife may be moving to Baltimore so maybe we will get to see more of you and your house projects!
Thanks, Pat! Christine- I am really excited about Baltimore, it would be great to see more of you both. I did not invent the square wreath, but saw one recently for sale at “Joss & Main,” and I was totally inspired. I loved it and had never seen a square one before.