bay leaves make great wreaths!
since moving to the san francisco bay area, i've been hiking the hills of the area. the vegetation is all new to me since we lived in the pacific northwest for the last 17 years. so one day, i asked my hiking friends the name of a tree that was surrounding us on our hike. they said it was the bay laurel tree, and the leaves were used for cooking. from that point on, i wanted to make my own bay leaf wreath! so, the other day, with clippers and tote bag in hand, i grabbed a few branches along my hike. i'm so excited to share this fun little craft. the great thing about this project is that the directions apply to most wreath making directions. so whether you want to make a evergreen wreath or bay leaf wreath, you can use these same directions for both. also, the bay leaves can be plucked off the wreath and used for cooking! anyway, once you have all your supplies on hand the project only takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
~ a funny note about the nester ~
when i finally planned to pick some bay leafs on my hike,
i totally came ill prepared. i had to borrow a cutting tool from one friend,
and i bag from another. :o)
supplies ~ here are the supplies you'll need. a grocery bag full of bay laurel branches, a foam green styrofoam wreath, and florist wire.
wire ~ you'll need this floral wire. here is the link: wire i love this wire and i just like having it on hand for many projects.
bunches ~ put your branches into bunches. you'll want to trim off the stems so that you can tie the wire around them.
tie with wire ~ here i have tied a few branches together. sometimes you have to tie them and sometimes not.
arrangement ~ when placing the branches on the wreath make sure the bulk of the branches conform to the shape of the wreath, you don't want the ends of the leaves point out and away for the circle. so, i point the branches down and to the side (i tried to show this in the above photo). also, you want to work your way along the wreath and place the branches in the same direction.
wrap ~ now that you have the branch in the next spot, wrap the wire around the branches to secure them down. you'll want to place the branches on top of the earlier branches and work your way around the wreath. in a nutshell, just layer with branches every 3-4 inches and work your way around the styrofoam form.
the fun part ~ once you've filled the branches all around the wreath, you can now add some fun decor. to hold them in place just wrap in wire around them and then wrap the whole bunch around the wreath.
accents ~ these hydrangeas are from my little bush in my yard. i like the green on green look.
i found this martha stewart's wreath book at our local library sale. this book has 50 wreaths that represent each state. here is the link on amazon: wreath book. it is a wonderful book and is sure to inspire you to make one. is there a wreath that you make, or want to learn how to make. let me know by commenting at the end of this blog post. i would love to hear from you. but if you don't have a wreath question, just say, "hi" if you want!