Since we have plethora of cedar trees beyond the back yard, we figured that we should take advantage and make a wreath for the winter. After looking around the interwebs for some inspiration, I was quite disappointed as most of the “instructions” consisted of tie some pretty branches to a metal frame. To which I say, “Bah! I want a wholly tree-based wreath.” I mean how hard could it be?
Answer: not very hard, just follow along the circle of instructions below.
In a more linear format, this starts with collect four 3 foot long boughs of cedar – or your native tree of choice. New growth is nicer if you want a full wreath that is easy to form. Then make a ouroboros with two of the branches tied up tip to base using 24 gauge wire. I suppose you could use other wires, or even string or rope, but I think brass wire is festive and strong.
Next, add the other two boughs in clocked 90 degrees off of the original two boughs. When everything is tied up taught, it should make a surprisingly nice circle with floppy tree bits every where.
Finally, use a long ribbon to helically wrap your toroidal tree tightly. Pretend you are hand wrapping an inductor choke, just like grandma used to.