EASY DIY SUCCULENT ASYMMETRICAL WREATH

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Custom floral wreaths are easy to create, inexpensive, and color coordinate perfectly with any space because you get to choose all of the components yourself.  Because this project requires minimal supplies and can be completed in less than 1 hour, it is a great project for beginner to intermediate crafters. 

Materials:

  1. Base wreath of choice. This is the 20.5″ Starburst Twig Wreath by Ashland® from Michaels
  2. Inexpensive craft wire
  3. Scissors (or wire cutters for more durable wires)
  4. Florals of choice – choose a variety of florals and “fillers”
  5. OPTIONAL: needle nose pliers

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Step 1: Arrange the wreath
Arrange wreath starting from the two outside ends and meeting towards the middle, but do not wire wrap anything in place. This allows you to easily play around with it and change it up to get the best look. When you are happy with this result, take a bird’s eye picture of it and remove all of the florals. Some tips to get you started:

  • Start with the bulkiest layer of filler first.
  • Add the major floral components in a concentrated area and then sporadically add more towards the tails of the wreath to create a visual focal point on the wreath.
  • Use the fillers to fill in the empty gaps of the wreath and break up repetition in color. The wreath I chose to make did not have a large variety of color, so I used the white fillers to break up a lot of the green areas to make it more appealing visually.
  • USE ODD NUMBERS. This brings our attention to visual triangles which seem more appealing, especially when it comes to colors and sizes. In the example above, I have 1 large purple, 1 large purple and green, 1 smaller purple and green (total of three) and three small green succulents. There are also three of each type of white “filler”
  • Dont be afraid to cut your stems. The rest of the wreath above was filled with two types of 5 stem succulents that I cut into individual pieces and used to frame out the design.

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Step 2: Rearrange the wreath a second time, beginning with bulky filler.
Start recreating the design be adding the bulkiest filler first. Here I used two pieces of vines wire wrapped together and three sections of white filler. Notice I placed two of the filler pieces in my focal point and brought one to the other end. It will look much more natural when everything is unevenly placed. When you are happy, wire wrap them to the wreath.

When you have multiple stems like this, it also allows you to wire wrap the plants to the wreath all at the same time so you do not have to do it as often, which is what I did here. Start by wrapping the stems together one or two times and threading one of the ends through the wreath, pulling it back around the wire wrapped stems to secure it. Repeat as necessary. Another tip is to use very long pieces of wire so there is extra wire to wrap around the next layer of plants.

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Step 3: Reapply the focal floral pieces and secure.
Place your floral stems where you want them and secure them by feeding stems through the tight sections of the base and then wire wrapping them to other secured pieces and/or the base itself. I recommend wrapping larger, heavier stems to the base, or to remaining sections of filler that was not cut and only wrapping small ones to the filler pieces. Notice also that the complete wreath at the top of the image is NOT the same wreath! I intended to add blue to this wreath for color variation, but I only found two of them at the store and wanted to try and make it work…. but I ultimately re-did the wreath post tutorial because not having the third blue element really bugged me. I left it in the online tutorial for this purpose.

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Step 4: Fill  in “sparse” areas with smaller florals and remaining filler then secure.
At this point I added single stem succulents I obtained by cutting a larger succulent into pieces. Notice how I played around with the directions so that there was movement throughout the piece. Some come up, some flow down, and the others fan out along the edges. Just play around with it until you like it and attach them the same way as before. It also helps to use two color variations of the same plant so there is variety, but it is not overwhelming to a simple wreath like this one.

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Step 5: Hang up the wreath and wrap sections that fall out of place. 
Since the wreath is most easily assembled on a flat surface, when it is finally hung up there can often be “fly-aways” that were not secured with wire and fall due to gravity and their weights. Now that is is hung, you have the option to readjust the elements already applied to it and securely fasten anything that fell down once it was hung up. Once you are finished, it is best to look at it from all angles and cut off the remainder wires, if any. To achieve more dimension, I also pulled out some of the bulky filler so more elements appeared to come out at the viewer. I think this makes it look more natural.

SOME HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Always PRE-PLAN your arrangement and take a picture of it. This allows you to re-make the finished piece more easily, and assure the items are securely wrapped by wire that is hidden. This also minimizes the amount of wire used.
  • Use a very inexpensive craft wire so it can be cut very easily with scissors. If you don’t have that, use whatever you have in your stash but it may be more difficult. when wrapping because the cheap wire is so malleable.
  • Sometimes malleability also comes with a cost- When wrapping the wire around from the back, I found it very helpful to pull it forward after grabbing the end of the wire with needle nose pliers.
  • Don’t be afraid to cut up the plants. You have to cut the stems short enough to tie them to the wreath anyway, so get creative. The “airplants” on this wreath were actually just created from the leafy scrap from some of the filler that I wire wrapped together.

I hope this tutorial was very helpful to you, and please comment below with any questions or images of your finals products. Here is another image of the final wreath I made post tutorial… Happy crafting!

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