Thursday, 20 December 2012

The easiest way to make a live wreath - Stone Gable

When I saw the "easiest way to make a live wreath" tutorial that Yvonne @ Stone Gable posted on Tuesday I immediately pinned it to my "stuff I want to make" board on Pinterest.
Click here to see the tutorial for yourself.

Following Yvonne's instructions I took an old faux wreath, pretty baubles and some plaid ribbon from my Christmas stash.
I don't have a stand like the one Yvonne used whilst creating her wreath so to make working on the wreath as easy as possible I hung it on a window handle inside.
As you can see through the window there's no snow in Normandy, yet!

Armed with a pair of secateurs I went foraging in the back garden where I cut several small branches of ivy, cypress and box.

As my wreath wasn't as "snarly" as the one in the tutorial is, it was very quick and easy to simply thread the branches through the wreath, no hot glue gun needed!

Then using small wire hangers I simply attached the baubles to the wreath, tied a bow at the top and voila!

The easiest live wreath ever!

Linking this post to Mrs Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday
where our class assignment this week is the letter E.

Jenny Matlock

BREAKING NEWS..........................

Since I posted the above photos this has happened.....

I honestly only snipped a few small branches for my wreath, sometime since yesterday afternoon
this stately evergreen was torn asunder and fell to earth without us being aware 
that anything was amiss.
If you need some foliage, for your own wreath, you're all welcome to come and help yourselves!!


  1. Gorgeous wreath!Very impressive that you made it yourself!

  2. Elegant wreath and wonderful tutorial ~ Happy Holidays to you ^_^

    (A Creative Harbor ~ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

  3. Oh, the poor tree! I love your wreath - I bet it smells wonderful!

  4. Beautiful wreath! I love it.Well done! Shame the evergreen fell down :-(

    Merry Christmas! :-)

  5. I love your wreath. I bet it smells wonderful. I'm sorry about your tree. If I lived closer I'd love to have some of that live greenery to decorate with!

  6. Poor tree! you will have greens galore for decorating your home :) loved your wreath -- would that my yard yielded such bounty.

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  8. Very pretty decoration ! A pity for the tree !

  9. Your live wreath is beautiful. Plaid ribbon adds such a nice touch. Sorry to see such a majestic tree fall. All the best for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  10. What a lovely wreath Maggie. I used to make my wreath every year but no more, it is such nice work and I loved it. I buy mine now but they are not s pretty as yours. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that tree. You must have been shocked .The card was meant as a thank you, I am still looking at my book often.we had plans to pay you a visit when we would go to Spainbut that never happened as my husband got shingles at the end of August and he still is not better. Still has a lot o pain. We wil see next year .
    Happy Christmas to you and yours Maggie.

  11. hopefully, it wasn't you that caused that large tree to go asunder! Pretty wreath! {:-Deb

  12. Maggie-- your wreath is truly beautiful!! Thanks for the tutorial--
    Ohhh what a tree tragedy-- don't you hate that so much!!!

    I'm imagining you snug by your fireplace--- Happy Holidays my friend--

  13. I saw that tutorial, too, and want to make a wreath like it. I had thought that just poking the branches in would do, as well, so I'm glad that you tried it first! It looks lovely.

    Too bad about the tree. Guess you snipped in the just the wrong place :).

  14. Wonderful wreath, but what a pity about the tree. During the recent hurricane we had a lot of those downed trees here in New Jersey :(

    Stopping by from Alphabe- Thursday - mine for letter 'E' @ ImagesByCW

  15. Those must have been powerful secateurs!
    I have an old wreath or two in the attic and would like to try this - a great way to spruce them up (and of course no pun was intended!)

  16. Oh, Maggie, so sad that beautiful tree is down. Thank goodness it didn't hit the house.
    Your wreath is lovely. Makes me want to make one for our door. ;-)
    Merry, Merry ............Sarah

  17. Oh, Maggie, I'm so sorry about your big tree. I'm glad no one was hurt in its fall and there didn't appear to be damage -- except for the tree. I do love your wreath and I may play around a bit with that technique before putting things away for the season. Nice thing about wreaths -- they can stay as long as they look good! Great idea -- thanks for sharing!

  18. Wow! Sorry to see that you lost your tree. Normandy is a bit far to get greenery for me. I hope some neighbors and friends could use the bounty this fallen tree has given. Glad that no one got hurt.

    Happy New Years! Katharine

  19. Oh no! Sorry about the unwanted 'TIMBER!'

    That wreath idea is so clever. I think I could even make one look good like that!

    Such a crafty and excellent idea to see 2012 out with!

    Sending warm wishes for a happy 2013 for you along with your...


    Thanks for linking.


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