Cedar Wreath

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.

The circle of wreath, and it move us allll.

The circle of wreath, and it moves us allll.

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.

Fin.

The boughs on our kitchen table. Our house smelled amazing for a couple of days.

The boughs on our kitchen table. On the right is cedar, spruce (not used) is on the left. Our house smelled amazing for a couple of days.

Brass wrapped cedar branches.

Brass wrapped cedar branches.

And the finished wreath! It got to its final home a bit later, but was fun to hand it up on the chandler for a while.

And the finished wreath! It got to its final home a bit later, but was fun to hang it up on the chandelier for a while.

Jasmine is all business on cedar hunt 2018.

Jasmine is all business on Cedar Hunt 2018.

One thought on “Cedar Wreath

  1. Kent

    Love the wreath. Jasmine looks like the spy that came in from the cold.

    Agreed very serious, maybe deadly.

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