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How to Make a Birds and Berries Woodland Wreath

As an artist and homeowner, Donna enjoys creating unique decorative items and holiday ornaments to welcome all to her artistic abode.

How to Make a Birds and Berries Woodland Wreath

How to Make a Birds and Berries Woodland Wreath

This charming wreath uses natural elements to create a warm and welcoming door decoration to greet visitors to your home. This wreath project starts with two bird ornaments, but you can use whatever decorations you choose. I used a pine wreath form and red holiday ribbon, but you could also use a grapevine wreath and a different ribbon to design this wreath for a different holiday or season.

Materials

  • Two decorative items - I used two bird ornaments, but you can use whatever natural elements you choose.
  • A wreath form - I used an artificial pine wreath, but you could also use a grapevine or hay wreath.
  • A roll of coordinating ribbon
  • Pine cones, artificial berries, and other natural elements of your choice
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wire and wire cutters
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Directions

1. Decide how you are going to attach your main decorations. My wreath started with these two cardinal decorations. I wanted to use them for my wreath, but did not want to attach them with glue or anything permanent.

I knew I could wrap wire around the branch of the female cardinal and wire it into my wreath. However, the male cardinal ornament did not have any way to attach it.

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2. I found a stick in my yard and broke off two small pieces. Then I used a utility knife to cut a notch in the middle of one of the sticks (see photo above).

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3. I crossed the two sticks at the notch and hot glued them together. This created a base for my bird.

4. I then glued the bird to the base and added a small pine cone and berry decoration to make him stand out in my wreath.

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5. Now that I had a base for both my birds, I cut some length of floral wire, wrapped a piece around the base of each of my birds (see photo above), and left a long piece to wire them in to my wreath.

Your decorations will be different. You will need to consider how to attach them, but then put them to the side for later.

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6. Wrap your wreath form in ribbon. I wrapped half of my wreath in ribbon, though you could do wrap the whole wreath if you want.

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7. (Optional) I also wanted a sash of ribbon going across my wreath between the start point of my ribbon and the end. So when I stopped wrapping my ribbon, I tucked the ribbon under the inner wire ring of my wreath, brought it across the back of my wreath, and looped it around the inner ring on the other side (see photo). I secured the end of my ribbon with some heavy duty tape.

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8. (Optional) My plan was to have one of my birds at a ten o'clock position on my wreath and the other at a four o'clock position. I rotated my wreath so my ribbon began and ended at these positions (see photo).

9. When your wreath is wrapped in ribbon and positioned as you choose, add a loop at the top to hang your wreath.

10. Then attach your two main decorative items. I wired my birds in place by wrapping my wire ends through my wreath to the form in the back. Make sure your items are secure.

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11. Next, if necessary, cut apart each of your natural elements into smaller bundles. Trim each of the stems so they are only about two inches long.

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12. You might want to place a few of your natural elements around your main decorations. I tucked pine cones and berries around each of my birds to make them stand out on my wreath. I put a large dollop of hot glue on the stem of each of these pieces and then stuck them in to my wreath to attach them.

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13. Continue to place and attach your natural pieces around your wreath form. I put my pine cones and berries in the unwrapped area of my wreath.

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12. Attaching a lot of these elements will add texture and color to your finished wreath.

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Whatever decorations, ribbon, and elements you use, this woodland wreath is a warm and unique way to decorate your home for many seasons and occasions.

© 2022 Donna Herron