How to Make a Eucalyptus Garland + Easy Greenery Wreath
Transform simple, low-cost greenery into beautiful decorations for weddings, holiday parties and more.
With its beautiful blue-green hue and lush foliage, eucalyptus has found its place at the top of our favorite florals list. Learn how to craft a pretty garland and wreath from this trendy green for your holiday party, wedding or any other special event.
- 26-gauge paddle wire
- wired twine
- 1 bunch silver dollar eucalyptus
- 1 bunch seeded eucalyptus
- 1 bunch lemon leaf (salal)
- 1 bunch Italian ruscus
- wreath form
Prepare Greenery & Work Space
Cut all greenery into 8-inch pieces and separate into piles for easy assembly.
Assemble First Bunch
Gather 3-5 stems in a bunch (I used one stem of each kind of greenery). Wrap the ends of the greenery stems with wired twine, leaving extra length of twine for hanging. Do not cut the twine — it will act as a spine for the garland. Bind the ends a second time with 26-gauge paddle wire, wrapping about 4-5 times or until secure. Do not cut wire.
Place a second bunch of greenery about 2 inches down the spine, covering the stems of the first bunch. Attach this bunch to stems of the first bunch by wrapping with existing strand of paddle wire. Continue layering greenery bunches and securing with wire until garland has reached desired length. Do not cut wire or twine until garland is complete.
Quick Tip: After the first bunch is assembled, the greenery stems do not need to be wrapped with twine, only paddle wire. The twine will run the length of the garland and be wrapped with paddle wire along with each new layer of greenery.
Turn last greenery bunch the opposite direction and hide stems by tucking into the leaves of previous bunch. Wrap with paddle wire, then cut and tie wire into a knot on the backside of the garland. Cut twine, leaving enough for hanging.
Adorn a tabletop or buffet with garland or use excess twine to hang from a mantel or doorway. Here, we interspersed garland with snowy cotton stems and copper fairy lights for a festive, farmhouse holiday look.
Or Make an Easy Garland Wreath
Easily transform finished garland into a trendy wreath. Shape garland to a metal wreath form (Images 1-3) and attach with wire or twine at four points of the form (Image 4).
For a pretty, farmhouse-inspired look, decorate your wreath with cotton stems, a hand-lettered sign and a simple, chic gold bow (Images 1-3). Simply tuck cotton stems and sign into the wreath form, no need to wire. For a sparkly holiday look, weave a strand of gold baubles onto the wreath form (Image 4).
Pro Tip: Greenery used in this tutorial will last 2-3 days out of water. To ensure freshness, craft your garland the day before or day of your event. For a longer-lasting greenery wreath, choose evergreens such as pine, cedar, boxwood, magnolia or spruce.