Mr. Pea & I bought our Christmas tree on Sunday and ended up with a few extra branches. The man cutting the fresh ring on the tree had to clip off a few of the low hanging limbs and he was about to throw them into the pile of other discarded branches when I stopped him. We just paid for those limbs why discard them! Christmas is the best time of year for a DIY project and those extra branches could make lots of nice decor for your home.
Here’s what “fell” out of my tree:
In total I ended up with four of the lowest (and biggest) branches to play with. Here is all you need to transform your extra branches into beautiful decor: 2 Wire Hangers, Pruning Sheers, Wire Cutters, and Green Wire. That’s it!
The green wire I have shown is 20 gauge and easy to manipulate, floral or other easily bendable wire will also work. If you have a wire wreath form floating around, omit the wire hangers. Now, shape the hangers into a rough circle, line up the hooks, and using the green wire secure at the top, bottom, & sides of the circle. I found it hard to even see the hangers anymore once the wreath was done, but if you’d like wrap the hangers with green floral tape. Now clip one branch at a time into 10″-12″ lengths and secure to the wreath form you just created with the wire, overlapping the ends of each length. Continue doing this until the wreath is as full as you’d like.
Now it’s time to decorate! I had these clip on decorations from my usual grapevine wreath. I got them at Michaels. You could spice yours up using ornaments, bows, pine cones, or lights. Whatever you have around the house or find in the yard even.
Here are a few inspirational ideas:
I really love the use of different plants for varying texture in all of these wreaths. For more tips and how to add live plants to a wreath check out this article on Apartment Therapy.
My wreath took less than an hour to put together and I had enough branches left over to put together the bough on my front step. I couldn’t believe how easy (and cheap) this was to put together! Literally, this was free! Now go make something beautiful!