After the holidays, once the tree has been taken down and all of your holiday decor has been put away, you may still feel the need to have some type of winter decoration up to keep the home feeling cozy and seasonal. I'm a big fan of seasonal home decor. Making small adjustments to areas around the house based on the season helps to refresh spaces in the house and keeps me mindful of the present. Homemade wreaths are a great way to make seasonal adjustments to your home decor. They make great wall decor (as well as traditional decoration for a door), but wreaths can also be used to add character to a mantel, shelf, or window.
Lately I enjoy using fresh greenery in my seasonal home decor. And Eucalyptus struck me as a classic, clean, and beautiful decor option while looking for seasonal home decor inspiration. Eucalyptus comes in a variety of different types, and the smell of it is heavenly. It’s a great choice for those who have allergic sensitivities to floral options but still like to use fresh greenery to liven spaces around the house. It also retains its beauty once it dries and is easy to work with.
I made two wreaths using two different types of Eucalyptus: Silver Dollar Eucalyptus and Baby Blue. After I purchased my Eucalyptus from a local florist, I separated some pieces from each bunch by cutting them to size and laying them on the table overnight to make sure they were dry. The next day I made the wreaths. The Eucalyptus was a little more dry than when I had purchased it, but was still very flexible which made it easy to tie individual pieces together and bend as I attached it to the wreaths.
I have some left over Eucalyptus I will be using as decor around the house. If you’d like to see a blog post about how I end up using the Eucalyptus please let me know in the comments below.
Materials you will need:
- One bunch of Silver Dollar Eucalyptus (I used about 1/2 of the bunch to make the wreath and had plenty left over).
- Metal or Wooden Hoop
- Jute or Twine
- Baby’s Breath
Trim the branches of the Eucalyptus to size. I cut each branch to a length of about 10- 12 inches. Form small bunches of the cut Eucalyptus and tie them together at the bottom with a piece of twine.
Take one of the bunches and lay it on the metal hoop. Play around with the branches by pinching sections of the branches to together and gently bending the Eucalyptus to fit around the wreath. This will help you to adjust the Eucalyptus to the circular shape of the wreath and help it to achieve the shape you want it to take. Once you have shaped it the way you like, tie the entire bunch to the wreath using the twine at the bottom of the bunch. I used a simple double knot to secure the branches.
Then cut another piece of twine and tie 2-3 selected branches from the top of the bunch to the metal hoop in a way that suits your aesthetic. Feel free to play around with how the branches are tied to the hoop. I preferred the Eucalyptus to fall naturally and take its own shape, but don’t hesitate to use more ties if you prefer a more structured look.
Select another bunch and tie it to hoop by reversing the direction of the bunch. Then repeat the same process of playing around with branches and tying them to the hoop to suit your tastes. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the wreath is full. The trim the excess twine from branches.
To make a tassel, cut 15-20 pieces of equal length jute or twine. Take the jute pieces and bend them in half. Then wrap jute around the bent pieces until the desired look is obtained. Tie a knot at the back of the tassel to keep everything in place. Stick baby’s breath into tassel to complete the look. Tie the tassel to the hoop and the wreath is complete.
Baby Blue Eucalyptus Tutorial
- Baby Blue Eucalyptus (I use 1/2 of a bunch to make the wreath)
- Baby’s Breath
- Twig wreath
Trim the Baby Blue Eucalyptus to 12-14 inches in length. The slide the trimmed Eucalyptus in between the the twigs of the wreath. Bend and pull the Eucalyptus to get it to take shape.
Continue to arrange Eucalyptus around the wreath until the look you desire is obtained. Then wrap jute around one corner of the wreath, insert a small bunch of Baby’s Breath, and continue to wrap the jute around the wreath until the flowers’ stems are completely covered.