How to make a Holly wreath

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Holly wreaths are “the” traditional Christmas decoration. These evergreen favorites are durable and – with a few added bows, bells and berries – a colorful addition to an entryway or mantel.


Step One

Cut a large shopping bag full of holly (Ilex) from your garden in 6-inch-long trimmings. Use a wire wreath frame or make your own frame from a wire coat hanger. (Simply unbend it from the familiar shape into a circle - you can use the hook to hang your finished wreath.)


Step Two

Attach number-24 floral wire (sometimes called paddle wire) anywhere along the wire wreath frame.


Step Three

Select several stems of the 6-inch holly pieces and place them together in a bunch with the stems at one end.


Step Four

Place a stem that has some berries on top of the bundle of holly. Place the bundle on top of the frame where the floral wire is connected.


Step Five

Hold the bundle in place and wrap the floral wire around the bundle and frame. You will need two hands for this: one to hold the bundle in place against the frame and one to wrap the wire.


Step Six

Wrap the floral wire around the bundle a second time and then pull it tight. Make sure to leave the wire attached to the frame - you have a long way to go.


Step Seven

Gather another bundle of holly and place it so that the leaves overlap the first bunch and cover the stems. Make sure that the stems on both bunches face the same direction.


Step Eight

Continue overlapping the bunches of foliage and wiring them to the frame until you complete the circle. Lift the first bundle that you wired onto the frame and tuck the last one under it.


Step Nine

Twist the wire tightly around the last bundle. Knot the wire onto the frame, leaving 1 inch of wire to hang the finished wreath.


Step Ten

Cut the wire with scissors or pruning shears when you're finished.


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