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The Third Day of Christmas Crafts – Pine Wreath December 16, 2010

This simple Pine Wreath is made from 4 pine boughs, a metal ring, florist’s wire, pine cones, and assorted other trimmings.  I always trim the bottom branches from our Christmas tree to use for wreaths and other craft projects.

This wreath is a bit thinner than I normally like them, but I didn’t have as many boughs as I needed to make it fuller.  You can decide how full you want your wreath to be.  This one is on a 14″ ring and I used three full boughs.  Now that it is decorated I may go back and add a center ring of additional boughs, or vine.

First, choose your pine boughs and wire the largest branches together.

Start bending each bough into an arch.  You’ll want to choose to bend it in the natural direction the branch curves or it may snap.

Once you have “trained” an arch into each of the boughs, then you can decide how best to attach them together.  Always attach the fullest part of the first bough to the thinnest of the second to give you even thickness all around.

Now you can start to attach the boughs to the wire ring.  I like the wavy rings because the wire doesn’t tend to slip around as much.  I simply take the whole wire spool and wrap the wreath in a spiral of wire until it is secure.

Depending on the ring and bough size, you may have thin spots in your wreath.  Just attach a second bough, or filler branch and wrap with wire, stopping once your wreath reaches the desired fullness.

You can also decide how tight you want to wrap each bough.  Work with the natural shape of the branches.

Once your wreath has reached its desired fullness, or you run out of boughs, you can start to decorate.  I used dried pine cones, ribbon, bells, and various other branches and berries for trimmings.

Wrap the trimmings to the wreath the same way you wrapped the boughs, taking care with the pine cones not to wrap them too tight.  I coil the wire around the stem of the cone for more stability.

Finally, tie on ribbon, or attach bows.

Use an over the door wreath holder, or fashion a hook from florist wire.

Use to decorate Indoors or Outdoors.