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Experience Nature: Make a Fresh Foraged Wreath

Wreaths made from fresh foraged materials are a wonderful way to make an entrance look welcoming or to jazz up a drab fence or garden shed. Here’s how to make a wreath entirely from foraged materials! Half the fun of this kind of wreath making is supply “shopping” in your own garden!

how to make a diy foraged wreath

When we think of learning how to make a wreath, we may automatically conjure up visions of the holiday season. However, wreaths are not just for the holiday. They are a beautiful way to decorate in any season!

They bring the beauty and fragrance of the outdoors in, and are an enjoyable and meditative project to make. Plus, there are so many possibilities other than just greenery! Flowers, herbs, berries, pinecones, and even small gourds can be added to beautiful fresh wreaths for a unique statement piece.

Plus, you can also embellish your fresh wreath with other bits and pieces you might have lying around your craft room (think floaty gossamer ribbons or burlap bows) to add an interesting textural contrast to the fresh greens and flowers on the base of your wreath.

You just might make a personalized one for every season! Not to mention Halloween, Easter, your birthday (and your dog’s birthday)…there are so many beautiful variations to try that you’ll want to make a new wreath for every occasion you can think of.

Woman foraging natural greenery in a forest

Foraging for Natural Elements

Whatever you choose to add to your wreath, take time to enjoy the process of collecting your materials out in nature. As you pick and choose which elements to harvest and add to your wreath, enjoy mindfully walking through nature and looking for the beautiful plant life that catches your eye.

If you are collecting materials from your own backyard and garden, try to look at things from a new perspective. You may just find a ton of beauty in something you never paid much attention to before.

Seed heads, evergreen branches, and even some vegetables make lovely additions. Take a slow walk around your whole yard, collecting anything and everything that tickles your fancy.

You can also forage in nature areas away from home, just be sure to choose a spot that you are allowed to take things from. Do a little research on the local ecosystem before setting out on a foraging expedition to make sure you know which plants are appropriate to harvest from.

Find out what plants are endangered and leave those ones be. It’s a good rule of thumb to always take just a little of any plant (a branch here, a seed head there) so as not to disturb the natural balance of the wild.

A forest of tall trees serves as a wonderful spot to learn how to make a wreath from foraged materials.

How to Make a Wreath

Start by following these step-by-step instructions on how to make a fresh wreath using any and all evergreen branches you have on hand. You can use all the same evergreens or mix in a variety of plants.

Once you have this technique down, you can dress it up with basically anything that you have on hand. Scroll down for some ideas and let your imagination run wild! The possibilities are endless.

Evergreen greenery and red berry wreath on a fence

Fresh Foraged Wreath Inspiration

Now, check out these creative ideas for inspiration on how to customize your wreath and let your imagination run wild.

Vary the Greenery

I love the look of this one that is decked out with many different types of greenery. The various colors and textures give visual interest while keeping the overall design cohesive. For information on the best greenery to use in decor, see this post.

Colorful wreath with pink flowers, red berries and greenery

Make a Pinecone Wreath

Wreaths can also be beautiful with no greenery at all! This bleached pinecone wreath is rustic with a soft, modern feel. It can also be fun to add just a few pinecones to an evergreen wreath for variation in texture and color.

Even if you don’t live in an area with pinecones, you can still make this project! Just purchase your pinecones online and start crafting.

close up of a pinecone only wreath

Go for Traditional Holly

A traditional wreath made entirely with holly is an old standby for a reason. Holly wreaths give any home a touch of classic holiday decor.

fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries on a white door

Try an Edible Kitchen Wreath

This pretty culinary wreath is decorated entirely with herbs. This is a great way to attractively dry herbs and to have them on hand for cooking. Just snip a few sprigs off the wreath as you need them. Plus, it makes your home smell beautiful.

herbal wreath for the kitchen with greenery on a wooden table

Choose Scented Plants for Aromatherapy

Choose plants that have a strong, pleasing scent to make a wreath that smells as good as it looks! The scent will make your home feel welcoming and give you a little lift every time you walk by.

I made this lovely scented wreath using eucalyptus and incense cedar, but some other fragrant evergreens you could try are juniper, pine, and balsam.

How to make a wreath that's fragrant

Plant a Living Wreath with Succulents

You can learn how to make a wreath that grows by planting succulents in a grapevine wreath form. Learn to make your own grapevine wreath here.

Succulent wreath on a grapevine form - on a wooden table

Use a Bit of Everything

You can take bits of greenery, berries, hydrangeas, pinecones, and anything else you can dream up to create this lovely Everything Wreath. It can be made in countless different ways depending on what you have available in your yard.

close up of an evergreen wreath with highlights of red with pinecones on a white door

Welcome Fall with Gourds

This charming gourd wreath is the perfect way to decorate for fall and celebrate the harvest.

Gourd Wreath hanging on front door

Use Hydrangeas

This hydrangea wreath looks elegant and at home during any time of year. See this post for instructions on how to make it, plus tips for making it last.

Hydrangea wreath on black door

These are just a few ideas that you can use to make creative wreaths, but once you know the basics of wreath making you can really come up with endless gorgeous designs. Feel free to share photos of your own creations!

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Comments

  1. I must tell you this story. To make money for our newly started free school back 1970, we decided to sell stuff at a church market. I love dried weeds so I collected these interesting waxy creamy berry plants to add to the other weeds. Several months later I learned that these were poison ivy plants. Hope no one got a nasty reaction–I sold lots of bunches of dried plants for just a $1.00 and raised 50 bucks or so for our school. I must admit these were beautiful bouquets.

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