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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Here it is: the quickest, easiest Christmas wreath… ever!

Cut the wool

Cut the wool to be of similar lengths so that you can secure the eucalyptus.

Do not weave the stems

Do not weave the stems as you normally would making a wreath, simply collect the stems and knot.

Measure out the size of the wreath you want

Measure out the size of the wreath you want. I used two stems of Eucalyptus to make the circle and I tied it together with wool.

For my design I decided to leave the wool to contrast with the crystals I am adding. I rather liked the comforting wintry feel of the wool in the wreath against the cold icy crystals.

Place the wreath in a bowl to guide the shape

Building up the wreath is really easy... but if you want to create these wreaths in absolutely no time at all... here is a quick cheat: Place the wreath in a bowl to guide the shape. Now you dont even have to think about keeping it round you simply stack and tie the stems!

Simply place the next stem on top of the previous and tie with wool to secure

Simply place the next stem on top of the previous and tie with wool to secure.

Build up the wreath shape by stacking stems around and around the design

Build up the wreath shape by stacking stems around and around the design. Once the shape is sturdy you can remove it from the bowl.

Continue to stack the stems

Continue to stack the stems...

Bulk out the shape by filling any gaps on the outside of the wreath shape

Bulk out the shape by filling any gaps on the outside of the wreath shape. Simply curve a stem around the shape and secure with wool.

Make sure you tie each stem at three places to the rest of the wreath

Make sure you tie each stem at three places to the rest of the wreath.

Curve each stem before placing

Curve each stem before placing.

See the Tutorial below on how to manipulate stems... and also... there are loads more information in my book.

When you have a pretty shape curve a few stems loosely around the shape to give it natural movement

When you have a pretty shape curve a few stems loosely around the shape to give it natural movement.

I left some of the newer growth pieces to extend beyond the shape to break up the neatly stacked pattern.

Your wreath is now ready to decorate

Your wreath is now ready to decorate

Newsletter subscribers... My tip for you this week is on how to curate your Christmas ornaments from year to year.

Hang the battery part of the fairy lights

Secure the battery part of the fairy lights to the back of the design. See the Tutorial in the section below for detailed instructions.

Make sure the on off switch is easily reached

... make sure the on off switch is easily accessible.

Hang the ornaments

Hang the ornaments...

And glue in a few more dew drop crystals

And glue in a few more dew drop crystals

Book readers: Turn to page 378 see the "floating" crystals, something like that would look amazing in this design. You can see the trick I used to make it float on page 379.

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Tutorials

7 December 2011 Hang a wreath on a door without knocking nails into the door face

I use two methods (or a combination of both) to attach a wreath to a door.

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

25 November 2015 Winter White Gyp Wreath

A dried wreath in winter white

4 November 2015 Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath

Glue a radiating wreath from bleached Gyp

19 December 2018 Sparkling Eucalyptus Tabletop Christmas tree

Craft an ethereal Christmas tree from Eucalyptus leaves, twigs and sparkling snow flake crystals.

12 December 2012 Piled Pine Needle Tabletop Wreath

Use wood glue to make a light as air table top wreath from pine needles

12 December 2012 Eucalyptus Snow Flakes

Glue seeded eucalyptus snow flakes

13 December 2017 Long lasting bark and Kalanchoe sleigh

Kalanchoe flowers last weeks without a water source and is the perfect way to dress up a bark and silver bell sleigh

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

11 December 2019 Swirly Twirly Silver Dollar Eucalyptus baubles

Inspired by seedpods... Glue Silver Dollar Eucalyptus leaves into 3 dimensional Christmas decorations.

28 December 2016 A bark strip and fluffed cotton disk wreath

Cover a wreath frame with bark strips and fluffed out cotton

Related Designs

18 December 2019 A Happy, Merry, Jolly (easy as that!) Eucalyptus Christmas wreath

Now this is quite a discovery! And it honestly is the easiest and quickest way to go from "I still want to decorate for Christmas" to "... aaand I am done, I made our wreath"

25 November 2015 So white

A dried Baby's breath and fresh orchid wreath

19 December 2018 Oh Florist-tree

Craft an Eucalyptus Christmas tree

12 December 2012 It's a swell time…

An exceptional moment frozen in time… 12:12:12 12/12/12

13 December 2017 Just hear those sleigh bells jingling

Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.

11 December 2019 A Very Merry eucalyptus bauble Christmas!

For this year's Christmas tree I wired and glued a wild and wintry twig armature... but... these little eucalyptus baubles are just the cutest!

18 December 2012 So this is Christmas, I hope you had fun…

Capilano Flower Arranging Club Designing for Christmas Workshop: Yule log

28 December 2016 A Jingle Cotton Christmas

Cover a wreath frame with bark and cotton for a textured Christmas wreath design