How to Make a Vegetable or Fruit Wreath

Make a wreath this holiday season that's filled with natural materials and traditional accents.

Photo by: Laura Dowling/Stichting Kunstboek

Laura Dowling/Stichting Kunstboek

Materials

  • sturdy wreath form (straw or grapevine), 18"-22"
  • sturdy bark wire
  • wrapping wire
  • 3" ribbon
  • floral wire
  • floral stem wire, 18" long
  • a box of medium-sized fruit or vegetables
  • small accent fruit (like berries)
  • 6" wired wood picks
  • winter foliage and berries
  • optional: winter flowers and 4" water picks

Add Bark Wire

Prep frame for hanging by adding bark wire to the wreath, doubling the wire and wrapping it securely to create a 3-4" loop.

Create Ruched Ribbon Garland

Use floral wire to make 1" ribbon loops that are even and close together. Working side to side across the front of the frame, apply the ruched ribbon garland to the frame, tying it on each side with the floral wire. Continue until the entire wreath frame is covered.

Wire Fruit

Pierce the floral stem wire through the center of each fruit, wiring three pieces of fruit together on one wire.

Add Fruit

Place the string of wired fruit across the top of the wreath, tying the wire securely on the back. Add rows of fruit around the wreath until it's completely covered.

Add Accent Fruit

Add accent fruit in random (but balanced) by inserting one end of the wired wood pick into the fruit and the other into the frame, weaving the wood pick securely into the frame. Continue until you get desired look.

Add Greenery

Wire small bunches of 3" sprigs of winter greenery to wood picks, and insert them into the wreath, taking care to fill any holes.

Add Finishing Touches

String winter berries on floral wire, and weave them into the wreath design at varying heights and depth. For an extra touch, insert winter blooms in water picks and insert in wreath.

Project courtesy of A White House Christmas by Laura Dowling

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