Wire forms are the most versatile armatures for wreaths. Double-wire wreath forms are sturdy enough to support heavy materials like evergreen boughs and citrus fruits, while single-wire forms are best when used to create delicate wreaths. Available in many sizes and shapes, from traditional circles to squares, the forms can also be modified to create alternative shapes, such as ovals and diamonds; simply bend the wire, or try turning a form on its side.
- Work gloves (Tip: Wear work gloves when handling any evergreen, because the needles are prickly and the sap can be sticky.)
- Floral wire on a paddle
- Double-wire wreath form
- Greenery, such as incense cedar, juniper, or winterberry
- Wire cutters
- Decorations, such as berries, baubles, or bows
Attach floral wire on a paddle to the crossbar of a double-wire wreath form of any shape. Lay a small bundle of greenery on the form, and wrap the wire tightly around the stems three times. Do not cut the wire. Add another bundle, overlapping the previous one by half; wrap wire around stems. Continue adding bundles until you reach the starting point.
Tuck wire under form, secure with a knot, and cut with wire cutters. When the entire form is covered, tie off the wire, leaving an allowance of a few inches at the end, and cut off excess. To make a hanger, form the end of the wire into a loop, and twist it around itself. To embellish the wreath, intersperse clusters of wired ornaments, pinecones, fruits, or other adornments with the greenery bundles.