You can choose from a variety of bases when making your own wreaths
Wreaths are beautiful decorations all year round and if you are wanting to make your own, here is an overview of the different types of wreath bases. Which ones you choose will be determined in part by the type of wreath you want to make.
You will not be able to use floral picks on a wire base, of course. If you use artificial objects, however, a wire-based wreath will last much longer than those made of natural materials.
Box wired bases are sturdier because the concentric rings are attached to create a solid backing. These are available from a number of online shops or at your local craft store.
Begin with a thick handful of strands; they should be at least 12 inches long. Wrap them with heavy wire, ending about 3 inches from the bottom. Add another bunch, overlapping the tapered, unwired end and continue wiring. When the wreath is the right length to create a circle or other desired shape, overlap the ends - by about six inches for security - and wire firmly together.
You may need to reinforce a straw base if using heavier weight objects. Just bend a coat hanger - use more than one if necessary - into a circle that matches the size of the straw base and attach it with floral wire.
Look for fresh vines that can be bent without breaking. If necessary, you can also soak them in the tub until they soften enough for reshaping. Once you have the desired shape, let the vines dry before attaching any decoration.
You'll need to have a starter shape - overlapping two or three vines and wiring them together to reach the desired size. From this base, you will continue adding additional vines of varying lengths, continuing to wire them to the base.
You can use wire to attach objects to a vine base and with some decor, you can just tuck it in between the strands.
You can also purchase wet floral foam wreaths for live arrangements.
You will probably
need a wreath hanger for vine-type bases for added stability. Straw
and Styrofoam bases can be mounted on a long nail. Hangers are ideal
because you can hang the wreath while working on it, which will give
you better visual control. However, keep in mind when using a glue gun
that drips may occur.
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