I had a few small branches of pine tree left over last night and I thought I’d try to make a pretty garland similar to one I saw on Pinterest. How easy!
As you can see above, the pine bough has little groups of needles. Try and pinch those off intact, you don’t want to be dealing with individual needles (see both below) – way too much work.
Gather a bunch of needle “groups”, secure with florist wire and cover that with twine. Tie the bunch to a longer piece of twine at regular intervals and done! Sweet pine needle garland – easy as anything.
I won’t claim to have made the wreath pictured above but I did make it special. I started with a base of a plain cedar wreath that is available at pretty much any grocery store right now. Starting with a symmetrical, well-made wreath is a whole lot more efficient and let me get to the fun embellishment part faster.
The only other green that I used was seeded eucalyptus bought at the garden centre. As far as I can tell the burgundy eucalyptus was sprayed and not naturally that colour, but the contrast was perfect.
From the grocery store I got kumquats, key limes and physalis (Cape gooseberries) which I wired with florist wire.
Starting with the greens, I inserted the cut pieces into the existing wreath base and tried to make the form more organic or wild looking. I then moved on to the burgundy eucalyptus and spread it evenly throughout. The fruit was last and was wired securely with floral wire. Make sure you stand back and check the form often. So from a basic store-bought wreath I got a custom made, pretty spectacular front door wreath.
I’m thrilled with the result, it will be interesting to see how the fruit holds up. I wonder if the squirrels will strip it bare?