Minimal Christmas: foliage wreath step by step

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Wreaths are one of the undisputed essentials of Christmas decorating.
Today, I’m sharing my DIY minimal wreath for this year, which incorporates a geometric clean shape, neutral tones and asymmetry.

You’ll need:

Flatlay of what is needed to make this DIY foliage minimal wreath.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign.
  • Wooden sticks
    I’ve used skewers because – being thin and straight – they were perfect for the geometric clean shape I had in mind.
     
  • Foliage
    Rosemary is what I had at hand (and I love its fresh smell!), but eucalyptus, sage, pine or laurel would work just as well.
     
  • Floral wire
    To tie the foliage to the wreath.
     
  • Glue
     
  • String (optional, to hang the wreath)
    I have chosen a black satin string to go with my contemporary minimal vibe.
     
  • A Christmas ornament of your choice (not in the photo as I decided to add it at a later stage).

Method

STEP 1.
As I wanted my wreath to be bigger than the size of one skewer, I glued together two of them for each side of the triangle. By gluing the flat tips of the skewers together, I ended up with all-pointed tips in my skewers (much better!)
This step is optional though and you can totally omit it if your sticks are long enough for the wreath you want to obtain.

STEP 2.
Glue the sticks together, forming a triangle.
Note that I’ve let the ends cross, to add an interesting detail to the corners of the triangle.

The base of the wreath is done.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign.

STEP 3.
Place the foliage on the wreath and adjust it until you like the look.
To stick with my minimal Christmas vibe, I’ve used just a few twigs of rosemary, but you can make it fuller if you prefer!

STEP 4.
When you’re happy with how the foliage looks, attach each twig to the wreath with wire. Make sure to secure the twigs tightly and position the wire in fuller spots (so the foliage will hide the wire completely).

STEP 5.
Always using wire, tie the ornament to the corner of the wreath that has foliage.
This creates a stronger focal point on the wreath and can help tie in your Christmas colour scheme.

STEP 6.
That’s pretty much it!
If you want to hang your wreath, finish off by looping a string to the top of it. I finally decided to lean mine on the living room cabinet. And I love how effortless it looks!

The wreath done.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign.

VARIATIONS

Let’s see some variations that can make this project fit a different style.
 

  • For a more rustic look
    Use natural branches instead of skewers and tie them together with a rustic string. You may also want to use the same string to tie the foliage to the wreath, which will add even more texture.
     
  • For a less minimal Christmas style
    Layer different types of foliage (eucalyptus and pine for instance) to get a more textured wreath.
     
  • Make this a Christmas tree ornament
    This DIY is easy to scale up or down. And a smaller triangle would be a great ornament for a Christmas tree!
     
  • For a winter wreath that lasts after Christmas
    Omit the ornament, or choose a less Christmassy one (actually a snowflake works quite well for an all-winter-long wreath)
    Update: I indeed ended up keeping the wreath in place all winter long!

 
I hope this has inspired you to create some easy and sustainable Christmas ornaments this year!
If you recreate this wreath, I'd love to see your interpretation of it! So, feel free to tag me (@dfordesignstyle) in your photos!

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