Sometimes you need a little copper in your (holiday) life.
What you’ll need:
- a length of 1/4″ copper refrigerator tubing (for an approx. 17″ diameter wreath, you’ll need about 54″ of tubing…math…it hurts)
- 3 small-medium sized tillandsias (xerographica shapes work great for this)
- a few small sprigs of evergreen
- a few sprigs of faux berries
- a length of battery-operated copper fairy lights
- 18 gauge green craft wire
- small copper craft wire (optional–I used this to secure the wreath to my door when I mounted it)
Start by cutting your copper tubing to length (I used scissors…don’t use your ‘ribbon’ scissors for this).
Gently form it into some semblance of a circle. It ain’t gonna be perfect. Don’t stress.
Now, using your pliers, flatten each end of the tubing about an inch.
Next, using the pliers, bend those ends into opposing ‘J’ shapes so that they’ll interlock:
Hook the two ends together, then use the pliers to flatten them together so that they are secure.
Where the two ends connect now becomes the bottom of your wreath. Add a base of evergreen by securing a few pieces with green craft wire:
This is really going to be what everything else holds on to, so make sure it’s secure and stays put…and frankly? That right there is a pretty awesome-looking wreath.
Now, wire your tillandsias by looping green craft wire around the base of the plant just under the first few layers of leaves and then twisting to secure.
Wire them to your evergreen-ed wreath, then add berries and smaller sprigs of evergreen to fill in. Secure the battery pack of the fairy lights to the back of the wreath at the very bottom so that it is concealed from the front by the wreath materials. Now loosely wrap the light wire around your materials, then wrap it snuggly around the copper tubing along the top.
Cheers to a little holiday sparkle!