I’m a huge fan of eucalyptus in any flower arrangement, tablesetting, or even just on its own in a pretty vase. It smells amazing, comes in a few different varieties, and instantly adds a touch of cool greenery to any room. This year, I wanted to make my very own wreath for entertaining over the holidays. Making your own live wreath is such a fun way to add some interest to your home, and I thought this fresh orange and eucalyptus wreath would be especially perfect for Thanksgiving. If you don’t want to hang it on your front door, you can even use it as a table centerpiece as well – but I personally love that this greets your guests first thing when they arrive. It’s important to note that this wreath is not meant to last forever, which is why it’s perfect for making the same day as a party so that it will stay fresh for your guests. If you spritz it with water, it will last you for about 2 days before drying out. Follow the steps below to make your very own, and vary the greens and fruits/flowers as you like!
2 bunches of fresh eucalyptus (or greenery of your choice)
Small oranges (kumquats would also work)
Step 1: Start by pulling apart the branches of the eucalyptus bunch, so that you can weave them through the wire frame.
Step 2: Next, start weaving the branches through the frame – make sure they are all going in the same direction. Repeat this until the wire frame is filled to your liking (I did it until the frame no longer showed).
Step 3: Once your wreath is filled, it’s time to start wiring your fruit to it. I originally wanted kumquats but wasn’t able to find them in LA – so I went with these cute mini oranges instead. Cut 2 pieces of wire and pierce the orange in different directions until it makes a cross, so that it will stay put when you fasten it down into the wreath. Wriggle the wire legs through the greenery and twist them to each other on the other side to secure each orange. Repeat to your liking.
Step 4: Trim up any unevenness with scissors, and give it a quick spritz with water before your guests arrive. You can continue to spritz it over the next few days to keep it fresh – perfect for a weekend. Have fun!