Want to know how to make an Easy DIY Eucalyptus Wreath? Learn how to make a gorgeous trendy wreath using just a bunch of eucalyptus leaves and a wire coat hanger. With this easy step-by-step tutorial, you will have your home looking and smelling good in no time.
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Once we get into November I like to start transitioning my home decor through to Winter. In our house, I am not allowed to start with Christmas decor until after the 5th of December. Because of this, I do tend to opt for decor that looks good right through to Christmas.
Eucalyptus is a natural element that I love to bring into my home the whole year round. It is inexpensive, it is very versatile and it smells divine. The beautiful muted green colours of the eucalyptus leaves fit with everything and give my home decor a bit of a modern twist.
It can be used in many different ways such as bunches in vases, mixed with flowers, singular stalks in bottles, bunches hanging upside down and of course in wreaths.
You can find Eucalyptus in various varieties such as Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Baby Blue Eucalyptus, Willow Eucalyptus, and Seeded Eucalyptus. You can find out what some of the different varieties of Eucalyptus look like here in this really handy florists greenery guide: We Love Florists – Eucalyptus Varieties
For this DIY eucalyptus wreath tutorial, I have chosen to use the silver dollar variety.
MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE DIY EUCALYPTUS WREATH
- Wire coat hanger
- 6 – 8 eucalyptus branches (each branch needs to have multiple smaller shoots coming off it)
- Roll of florist’s wire
- Wire cutters
- Florist’s scissors
- 1 x Gypsophilia/Baby’s Breath Branch (this is an optional extra)
- Twine or ribbon (also optional if you want to hang your wreath)
HOW TO MAKE A DIY WREATH HOOP FROM A METAL COAT HANGER
I was actually going to make this wreath using a pre-made shop-bought wreath ring but after trying several shops in the town where I live but didn’t have much success. So me being me did not want to wait so I decided to make my own DIY metal hoop using an old wire coat hanger.
Although it was not that important for me to make the hoop absolutely perfect because it will be covered up by the foliage I did want to see how neat I could get it.
It was actually easier than I thought.
- Use a pair of wire cutters to cut away the wire on both sides where it starts to bend up to the hook.
- Using your hands straighten out the wire as best as you can.
- Take a cylindrical object that is about 20cm in diameter (I used an old plastic drink dispenser) and wrap the wire around the object.
- Work out any kinks in the wire with your hands.
- Cut a 5cm piece of florists wire.
- Overlap the two ends of the hoop by about 5cm.
- Bind the overlapped wire ends with the florist’s wire.
HOW TO MAKE AN EASY DIY EUCALYPTUS WREATH
- Now you have your DIY wire wreath hoop you can go on to make your eucalyptus wreath.
- Cut off approximately 36 x 12cm lengths of fresh eucalyptus.
- Cut 26 x 5cm lengths of florist’s wire.
- Sort the lengths of Eucalyptus into sets of two (1 with larger leaves and 1 with smaller leaves).
- Bind sets of three together to make 12 bunches
- Start at the top of the wire hoop where you made the join and bind 1 bunch of eucalyptus (I had the leaves facing to the left and the stems to the right)
- Overlap the next bunch of eucalyptus so that the leaves cover the stems and wire from the previous bunch.
- Carry on attaching the rest of the eucalyptus bunches
- If you are also adding small pieces of gypsophila (baby’s breath) or any other extras you wish then you can just poke them through the eucalyptus and weave the stalks through the wire at the back of the wreath.
- If you are going to be hanging it you can also attach a loop of twine or ribbon or ribbon at the top of the wreath.
HOW LONG WILL THE EUCALYPTUS WREATH LAST?
The great thing about this wreath is that you can let it dry out and it will still look great for a very long time.
The eucalyptus usually takes about 10 to 14 days to dry out.
It does tend to pretty much keep its colour but the leaves do curl a little and are not quite so smooth.
Another nice thing about having a dried eucalyptus wreath is that it retains the lovely fresh aroma making it a great natural way to add fragrance to your home.
CARING FOR YOUR DRIED EUCALYPTUS WREATH
As I said before once dried it’s possible to keep a wreath for a very long time providing it’s kept out of direct sunlight or exposed outdoor conditions.
After a while, you will probably find that it can get a bit dusty (especially in our house) but there are two ways you can clean it.
The first is to fill a bag with salt, put the wreath inside, and gently shake. The second way is to gently blow the dust away using a hairdryer on its lowest setting using a wafting motion.
This time I chose to only use one type of eucalyptus together with gypsophila (baby’s breath) but it can be changed up to create many different variations.
For example, you can mix the types of foliage or add things like hydrangea blooms, white hypericum berries, and cotton flowers.
And for a Christmas feel you can also add decorative items such as baubles, bells, bows, and lights.
Wreath Display Ideas
I have hung mine on our painted brick wall next to the fireplace but they also look really nice ledged on a mantle or side table.
Another idea is to use it to create a beautiful table centerpiece.
Just lay it down flat on the table (or on a tray) and add a large candle or a vase into the middle of the wreath.
Where To Next?
Wondering where to head next?
If you like to use wreaths as part of your home decor then be sure to also take a look at some of my other wreath tutorials: DIY Succulent Wreath (made with real succulents) & this Modern Spring Wreath (this is so simple but looks fab!)
And for even more inspiration you can always check out my Pinterest DIY Wreaths Board which has even more gorgeous ideas.
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