Simple Eucalyptus Wreath

By Kate Riley December 7, 2015

I’m not into elaborate holiday decor this year, for me simpler is better: natural evergreens with a bit of sparkle thrown in. Eucalyptus is having a moment right now, it’s everywhere in magazine and blog photos – funny how a simple floral filler found in bouquets (one many have tossed out when arranging flowers) can become de rigueur. I’m on board with the trend if you can call it that. I used bunches in vases for simple centerpieces last week, and over the weekend made a simple wreath with stems I picked up at my local florist.

I love the smell and the curvy coin sized leaves that grow symmetrically from the host branch. Eucalyptus has several varieties, this one is silver dollar eucalyptus, it has a lovely scent that lasts for weeks. The color is divine, the underside a brighter green, the tops of the leaves a pale green that seems to be lightly dusted with white. Like any floral arrangement, I find the stems more elegant when used alone and clustered together.

simple eucalyptus wreath

Making a eucalyptus wreath is easy peasy, you need a metal wreath form found at any craft store, two large bunches of eucalyptus, ribbon of choice, wire clippers, and floral wire. I consider floral wire an essential tool this time of year – remember this festive focal point ornament garland created with it!

wreath supplies

I attached the eucalyptus three stems at a time around the circle form. Secure the branches with floral wire and twist the wire together, hiding it in the back. In January I’ll clip off the stems so I can reuse the wreath form again someday.

  making wreath

 

 twisted floral wire

I spray painted a few sprigs with gold spray paint for added flair and tied a burlap and gold ribbon to it too.

 gold eucalpytus leaves

 eucalyptus wreath brick wall

In my home it hangs in my dining room hutch adding a pleasant scent to the house.

 euc wreath on hutch

A lighter background shows off the leaves a little better, hence the faux brick wallpaper backdrop :) Eucalyptus is universally beautiful year round, it would make an equally nice spring wreath too.

 diy simple eucalyptus wreath

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Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley December 4, 2015

It’s been so nice to be home and sleep in my own bed after all that traveling in November. When I first arrived home I wasn’t motivated at all to decorate, I preferred to just sit and enjoy the glow of the one tree I have up. I’m late to the holiday decorating party this year but today I am feeling the Christmas spirit. Tomorrow we will pick up a natural Christmas tree here in town and decorate gingerbread houses.

My younger sister and my brother have stayed with me these past few days so I’ve been occupied with cooking meals, setting the table, mixing drinks, and sharing stories. When I spend time with my siblings, we relive all the funny memories and the hours fly by. We don’t see each other as often as we like during the year, but sitting down to a meal together and pairing it with a good bottle of wine (or two or three) is truly one of the best things about this time of year.

 pine snowflakes

Favorite links from the week…

Loved every bit of the latest Adore mag.

Unusual uses for subway tile.

This family friendly home tour.

Inspiring ways to deck the halls with gold.

2015’s top pop songs mashed together.

25 Acts of Kindness for Advent – yes.

Charming DIY pine snowflakes (seen above).

Clever! These DIY trophy wine toppers.

Things everyone should do for themselves once a year.

This brought tears to my eyes.

Have a lovely weekend.