Bunny Tails Grass Wreath
Welcome springtime to your home with these dried floral decorations. We like the monochromatic look of lavender bunny tails paired with purple ribbon.
Source: Martha Stewart
This idea comes from our friend Ashley Poskin. "Bunny tail dried grasses are the cutest, softest, bushiest little dried florals you'll ever find," she says. "They're often used as filler in centerpieces and bouquets, but we think they look amazing all on their own. And what better project to use them for than a cluster of easy-to-make modern wreaths just in time for Easter?"
Depending on the lot, bunny tails stem lengths can range from 8 to 20 inches and are easy to trim down to fit whatever project you're working on. For this project, we used three macrame rings: an 8 inch, 6 inch, and 5 inch. The 8-inch ring took two full packs of bunny tails to complete, the 6-inch took a pack and a half, and the 5-inch ring took just one pack.
To hang the wreaths, we used a tension rod and cut various lengths of ribbon to stagger the cluster of wreaths, then tied a loose bow at the top so they could be adjusted easily if need be.
Dried bunny tails (Afloral Dried Bunny Tails in Lavender, $13 for 30 stems, afloral.com)
Floral hoop (Darice Gold Metal Ring, $4.48, amazon.com)
Floral wire (Panacea Paddle Wire, 22 Gauge, $5.60, amazon.com)
Ribbon (Vatin Double Faced Satin Ribbon, 1", in Purple, $8.39 for 25 yds., amazon.com)
To begin, make one small cluster of bunny tails and secure a few inches below the bottom most tail with a bit of floral wire.
Lay your cluster on the macrame hoop and wrap the floral wire around two or three times. Hold the hoop in one hand while you pull the wire taut with the other. Be sure not to pull it too tight—you don't want to cut through the dried grass stem. (Note: Do not cut the floral wire; you will use one continuous piece of wire for each wreath.)
Place a second cluster at the base of the first, winding the floral wire down around the stems, securing the second cluster in place.
Trim the stems an inch or so below where it's been secured with wire. You'll end up wrapping wire around the trimmed stems as you move down around the hoop. Continue adding small clusters until you reach the place where you started.
To finish the wreath, trim the last bunch so that it easily tucks under the first bunch you secured to the hoop. It takes a bit of navigating with wire to in and around the previously placed cluster to secure the last bunch, but it's not that difficult. Feed the wire through a previously wrapped coil, and trim. If you have any spots that feel too sparse you can always hot glue a bunny tail in place. Repeat these steps with the remaining hoops.