Making a twig wreath is the ultimate idea of the perfect fall season craft! This twig wreath will give your door a fun and festive look for autumn, and one with great rustic appeal!
This is a fun idea, and ideal for fall decor ideas, great as a Thanksgiving holiday craft too! And did I mention, so many of the materials you’ll need are FREE – because nature has put them in our direction.
If you’re someone into nature hikes you’ve got a gold mine waiting for you in the form of branches and twigs already 🙂 The rest of the materials will be familiar already and used to embellish it. Without further ado, let’s get into the nitty of gritty of this craft.
Before you start collecting all your twigs you’ll need a good base to build your wreath upon. I used a coat hanger, which you could too, but I’ve found it’s easier to use one of these forms instead. Knowing what I know now, I probably would have gotten one of these – it’s easier to build up layers with your objects.
Other tools include: a Pair of pliers, a hot glue gun or strong adhesive like e6000 some craft wire with thin gauges, 22-24 work well
Set aside a little time and make this a fun activity for an afternoon, just collecting as many sticks and twigs as you can find around your backyard. Also, don’t forget about other natural adornments for your wreath in addition to the tree branches and twigs: pinecones, acorns, leaves, dried flowers, berries, etc. I broke all my twigs into five inch lengths which is a good length to work with.
You may want to wash them off to remove any residual debris like dirt, etc. I use Murphy’s Oil soap.
Making the Twig Wreath Base
First I’m going to bend my coat hanger into a circle to form the base. Those of you using a wreath form can skip this part.
Cut several pieces of wire into six inch lengths. Next, take a small handful of twigs (I’m going with about 4) and wire them together – this is called making a “bundle”. Secure the end of the wire in such a way that no one will be apt to be stabbed at some future time.
Make several other bundles the same way until you have created enough to cover the wreath base. (Give or take, I probably ended up with about 12-14.)
Now take a bundle and wire it securely onto the wreath base. Take another bundle, and being careful to overlap the first bunch so that the wire is covered, repeat this step.
Build Up the Layers
Repeat this over and over until your wreath base is finished. Tuck the last bunch of twigs underneath the first bunch to hide the wiring and fasten on. Clip the wire and tuck it in securely (I take my needle nosed pliers and make a curl on the wire ends) to avoid any potential injury.
If you find that the first twig bundle is too inflexible to be maneuvered this way, don’t sweat it, you can just glue some of your ornamental parts on in such a way that the wire will be concealed.
Next take the berries, dried flowers, pinecones etc. and arrange them around on the wreath, placing them strategically for max aesthetic appeal. Use your hot glue gun or adhesive to attach them.
When the glue dries you will have a very attractive twig wreath which will look so festive either inside or outside your home.
Wow…pretty amazing how good what some people call “yard waste” something can look when strategically pulled together like this! To add an extra layer of protection, I coated it with Mod Podge.
As a finishing touch bonus you could also give it a pretty color coat with spray paint! Me, I love silver and gold – it’s perfect for autumn don’t you think?
Well there you have it….the essential piece of fall decor – a fall wreath made from elements of nature’s bounty – wood twigs and whatever other items you’ve found to complement it.
I wanted to add a little more to it in the way of something soft and complimentary…so I added some ribbon and wire. How will you embellish YOUR wreath? Enjoy!