Many months ago, we were walking along the paths on our property to gather wildflowers— sage, guara, primroses, and daisies. “Let’s make a few arrangements for the home and tuck a few away in the barn to see how these look dried out,” my twelve-year-old said. We placed a few bouquets in little vases and scattered them throughout our house, and took the remaining flowers out to the barn. In a cool, dark spot among the rafters we have bunches and bunches of wildflowers hanging upside down. We like to see how the colors, leaves, and stems of the flowers change in appearance as they dry. After drying out they can be placed in vases as dried bouquets or used for various crafts. With Christmas nearing, we decided to make mini wreaths to adorn our gifts.
Placing a little extra intentionality with the wrapping is really fun, and a mini wreath can really elevate the presentation of a gift, especially if made from flowers you grew months ago. A dried bouquet wreath can also become a gift itself and saved to hang someplace fun. And the process to create one is so simple.
Make your wreath base. I like to use grapevines to create a simple wreath. For this example, the wreath is 5 inches in diameter. If you are using fresh living vines, you can let them dry out for a couple of days after you cut them. Then simply make a circular coil, secure with florist wire, and tuck in the ends. (Hobby stores also have pre-made wreaths.)
Make your mini bouquet. Gather your dried flowers into an arrangement and trim for size. For this wreath, I used an 8-inch bouquet. Secure the ends with twine.
Attach your bouquet to the side of the wreath. I attached using florist wire.
Attach your mini wreath to your gift and voila! (I like to loop through using brown twine.)
A mini wreath is such a beautiful addition to your Christmas presents. Tuck away a few
bunches of wildflowers from your spring nature walks and you will have the dried flowers
ready for you come winter. Happy crafting! xo