christmas wreathThere are plenty of places to buy Christmas wreaths, from tree farms and nurseries to your local superstore. But it’s actually quite easy to make one yourself. The best part about making your own wreath is that you can make it as elaborate or as simple as you’d like. It only requires a few supplies and a little time, and you’ll soon have a fresh Christmas wreath to hang on your door and greet holiday visitors.

Supplies You’ll Need
– an oasis ring (available at floral supply stores and many hobby or craft stores)
– evergreen foliage, such as pine, fir or spruce (available at a Christmas tree lot)
– flowers, pine cones, Christmas ornaments or other decorations
– a green or red bow or ribbon

To get started with your Christmas wreath, soak the oasis ring in water for about five minutes or until the bubbles stop coming out. This will help keep your wreath from drying out. After your ring is ready, dry the plastic base and place the ring flat on the table.

Before you start decorating, prepare the wreath for hanging. Take a length of wire and wrap it around the wreath. Then attach another length of wire and make a loop with it. This is what you’ll use to hang the wreath.

To decorate, cut the evergreen foliage into 4- to 5-inche pieces. Trim the needles from the thicker end of each sprig so about 1/3 of the branch is exposed and can be poked into the ring.

Begin by pushing the sprigs of foliage into the side of the oasis ring, making sure to attach each one at the same angle. When you’ve finished with the side, repeat the procedure on the inside and front of the ring. You want to make sure to cover as much of the ring as possible with the fresh greenery.

Once you’ve covered the ring, you can start adding your decorations. Set flowers, ornaments or other decorations loosely on top of the ring until you decide on the final placement. Once you’re sure you like the design, then push the flowers into place or glue the ornaments to the foliage.

Add the bow or ribbon to the top of the wreath to finish your design. Thread your ribbon through the wreath, but use sparingly – too much will make the wreath look gaudy.

Depending on how cold it is where you live, your wreath may look fresh for several days or longer. Daily misting with water will help it last even longer and keep it looking as beautiful as the day it was made.