Make Eucalyptus Wreaths and Swags
Using Fresh Eucalyptus Branches
What if, round behind a neighbor’s barn, a eucalyptus tree grew so big that there were trimmings enough to share with the whole neighborhood, each person wanting it being offered as much as they could carry so it wouldn’t go to waste.
Then, what if with your large country portion you decided to make wreaths and swags while the branches were still fresh and pliable, pungent and agreeable?
Well, the first thing that could happen is that your husband might ask, “Where did all that eucalyptus out by the driveway come from?” (He will ask this with particular amazement on a cool morning if you happened to drag batches home in the night when you and your friend took your usual late walk under the stars.)
After he is safely off to work that morning, you would get your gloves (which you should’ve had on the night before) and large snips so you could cut and separate the branches according to their lengths. Then you would begin sizing up the work ahead of you.
You would assess the needed supplies and gather them in the right quantity. If you are like me you don’t like to have to go shopping in the middle of a project, so this would be a very important step. Then you would set aside an appropriate work space and some extra time.
That last tip may seem obvious but, seriously, there might be a point in which your large stash of branches seem to multiply like bunnies on your the kitchen floor. (My patient husband just smiled and waited to see how many fragrant wreaths and swags I would wind up with.)
Supplies Needed for Making Eucalyptus Wreathes and Swags
• Fresh Eucalyptus Branches
• Garden Snips (Sturdy ones.)
• Needle Nosed Pliers (Again, sturdy ones.)
• Green Floral Wire
• Ribbon(s) (I chose cheery kinds without a specific holiday theme that could be used throughout both the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons--mostly a sheer gold.)
• Holiday Floral Picks (Flowers, fruits/vegetables, bows, or other suitable picks for the seasons.)
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Easily Design and Create Holiday Wreaths and Swags
Eucalyptus branches are pliable when they are fresh and can easily be formed into wreaths and swags. Though I did make one wreath out of excess wisteria vines so I could add the fragrant branches to it, I found that the eucalyptus formed wreaths very well all by itself.
I wound up making at least a couple dozen, using a few 2-3” pieces of floral wire to hold entwined branches in place. After looking for just the right spot on each one, a 6-8” piece of wire formed nice hangers for them.
Wire edged bows created out of 2.5” ribbon were easily attached simply by tying them in place and manipulating the loops and tails to fit the sizes and shapes of the wreaths. (Bow making videos are include below in case you are unsure of how to make them.)
Finishing off with flowers, berries, sugared fruits, and pine cones was easy with picks from store floral departments. I used two pairs of needle nosed pliers to bend the stems, making a loop in the backs for attaching the picks to the bows.
To call them done, I went back to make sure the hangers did not get bent out of shape in the process of adding the decorations, and then double-checked the bows and tails for good placement. As the wreaths and swags began to multiply I started giving them away, making the effort well worth the time!
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Photos of Finished Eucalyptus Creations
These examples of the finished projects all dried into their shapes very quickly. If you make fresh eucalyptus wreaths or swags be sure to keep in mind that even when dried they still have oils in them that could get on your skin or any surface they touch.
As well, they should not get wet (on an exterior door or porch, for instance) because as a natural material they could soften and mildew. Nor should they be placed in direct sunlight if you want to retain the unique green coloring as they will bleach out quickly, though I actually do like the blond color and am enjoying it on my front door.
I’ve already given many of them away, and I have plans to do the same with the remaining wreaths and swags. However, we will miss the heady fragrance of eucalyptus wafting through the whole house. By the time it’s all gone, though, it will be time for gingerbread and wassail anyway.
If you want to make eucalyptus wreaths or swags but don't have a neighbor with an overgrown tree, you can find all the supplies you need at a craft store or online. Floral supplies allow you to mix flowers and ribbons for endless creative designs. They make great gifts as well as naturally-scented decorations for your own home!
Wreath with Large Bow
Easy Decorator's Bow
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