10-Minute Wreaths

With minimal materials (and effort!) you can pull together this look fast.
Julie Feagin Sandner

Even if you think you're not a crafty person, believe us, you can do this simple project in no time at all. You may never go back to that standard round wreath again.

The Goods You'll Need

  1. Frames: To re-create this look, purchase inexpensive frames from a crafts or hobby store. They go on sale quite frequently, so watch for flyers in your local paper, and then stock up. The style doesn't matter because the base won't show in the end.
  2. Wire: Use green florist wire that comes on a paddle (see photo above, right). It's easier to handle when applying the greenery in a continuous fashion. Use green wire, which blends in nicely with the garland.
  3. Greenery: Here's the secret: Use garland to completely cover the frames. Look for deals at home-improvement stores or large wholesale clubs. We found a 25-foot cedar garland for less than $20. Simply start at one corner of the frame, and continue to wire the garland completely around the piece. Cut the garland, and tuck in pieces of greenery to fill holes.
  4. Clippers: You'll need a good pair of clippers or wire cutters to cut the garland into pieces that perfectly fit each frame.

It Helps To Know

  1. Pick the freshest garland possible. Give it a good shake; if your feet are covered in pieces of greenery, put it back.
  2. Wear gloves, especially if using cedar garland. The greenery has tiny little needles that can irritate your skin.
  3. Store the frames for next year. While you may feel you're spending more on materials this season, next Christmas all you'll need is greenery.
  4. If you place a wreath on a window, you may want to cover the back of the frame as well.