words + photos by Dana Ball
Winter is my favorite time of year! I wanted to start it off with friends, cocktails and a craft night. Deciding to make fresh or dried holiday wreaths wasn’t difficult; the smell of fresh pine and cedar has been calling my name. On the day of the craft + cocktail party, I woke up bright and early to make my way to the LA Flower Market (754 Wall St, Los Angeles). I gathered all sorts of evergreens, eucalyptus, leather leaf fern, berries and leaves for the girls to use for wreath making.
- Fresh or dried flowers
- Any wreath base you’d like – I ordered 14” grapevine wreaths from save-on-crafts.com
- Floral shears
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Rubber bands
After some small talk, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres the group got right into the craft. I started with four to five branches and cut them all to the same size then rubber banded them together. I then started at the outer edge of the wreath and tucked the bundles into the grapevine, working clockwise around the base. Once I had all of my evergreen bundles, I wrapped the wire to secure them onto the wreath. Floral wire is optional; the grapevine will hold the evergreen. Wire is great for adding accents to your wreath, like berry’s and autumn leafs.
The group had so much fun crafting! We plan on continuing the creative gatherings throughout the year.