Dried flowers and winter fruit make a lovely, seasonal wreath. Denise Porcaro, owner and founder of Flower Girl NYC, shows you how to make one. We used a mix of bittersweet, eucalyptus, black elderberry, dried hydrangea, and, for bright colors, thistle and kumquats.
Overview to Make a Grapevine Wreath
Loose, dried grapevines can be purchased directly from a florist; premade grapevine-wreath forms are sold at most hobby stores online for as little as $2 apiece. Most dried flowers and berry branches are available at craft stores and at online specialty shops, such as , but you can gather specimens from your yard; just snip them and hang them upside down until dry. Shop the supermarket aisle for winter fruit, like kumquats.
Make the Wreath Base
Start by twisting loose grapevines into a circle, following their natural curve. Tuck the ends of any wayward vines into the other vines. Continue twisting and tucking until you've formed a circle.
Add Berries and Eucalyptus
Snip off some bittersweet berries, leaving 2 to 3 inches of stem exposed. Slip them into the vines, tucking any loose stems out of sight. Follow with eucalyptus, placing the stems in the vines and securing with wire.
Layer Flowers and Berries
Place a thistle flower over the eucalyptus, securing it to the vine form with wire. Add the elderberries. For this type of wreath, place the flowers off to one side.
Weave in Dried Flowers
Work in some dried hydrangea, being careful not to crush or crumble the delicate blooms. Next, add a few kumquats to the mix, securing their stems with wire.
Put On the Finishing Touches
Wire the stems of a few more kumquats to the opposite side of the wreath as an accent. Add a sprig of bittersweet, and you're done.
Now you've got a rustic wreath that can stay up all season!