Last week my girlfriends and I got together for a festive night of wreath-making. Considering I had never made a wreath before, playing host was a little ambitious, but I’m happy to report that the night was a success, and the process was much easier than I had anticipated. My girlfriends and I often get together for happy hours and wine nights, but adding a craft to the mix was a nice change, and everyone loved having a pretty wreath to take home. It was the perfect way to embrace the season, and we all agreed it might have to become an annual tradition. If you’re thinking of hosting a wreath-making party of your own, here are some tips to consider:
- Keep the guests to a minimum – Because you’ll need extra space to accommodate the wreath-making, a smaller party is ideal (we had a party of seven).
- Be firm on the numbers – Since you’ll be purchasing materials, it’s important to know exactly how many guests will be attending, so make sure to confirm each RSVP before buying supplies.
- Ask your guests to contribute – Supplies can add up quickly, so you may consider asking your guests to contribute by bringing some wine or decorative materials for making wreaths (berries, greenery, etc.). Or, simply ask for a monetary contribution when you send the invite.
- Prep the day before – If I’ve learned anything about hosting, it’s that things always come up last minute, so buying the supplies ahead of time will allow you to organize and relax on the day of the party.
- Soak the wreath materials – Once you’ve purchased the materials for the wreaths, place the stems of the greens and flowers in water to keep them as fresh as possible until you’re ready to use them.
- Designate an area for the craft – If you don’t have a table that’s large enough to accommodate your guests, consider laying a blanket down on the floor and working from there.
How to make the wreath:
- If you’re using vine wrapped wire, carefully measure and cut the length of wire needed for each wreath (our wreaths measured about 43 inches in circumference).
- Round the wire to form a circle and connect both ends by wrapping each end around the other to enclose the circle (see image below).
- Add decorative materials by securing the floral wire around the base of each stem, and continue to wrap the floral wire along the rest of the greenery to secure it as needed (see image below). Add on layers until desired fullness is achieved.
Here’s what you’ll need to make the wreaths: