Make this extra large flocked Christmas wreath for free from leftover tree lot trimmings. In this post you’ll learn a budget friendly way to make, customize and flock a large Christmas wreath for any decor!
This is an easy project, although a bit time consuming due to the size. If you have a large wall to decorate for Christmas, then this is it! Head over to your local Christmas tree stand (lot) and grab some of the trimmings that they cut and toss. Generally I’ve found that the vendors are happy to give it away. I love the way that this turned out and will show you how to flock a wreath as well, so keep reading!
This is a paid post in behalf of Spectrum Brands but the opinions expressed here are my own.
I was inspired to make this large flocked Christmas wreath by myself! Although the method is slightly different, check out THIS POST from some years back. I’m not sure if I’ll leave the wreath where it’s hanging now, but it’s going to be so easy to move! It’s hung on the wall with a handy National Hardware Cup Hook. More on that later, but first let’s get into how to make this!
How To Make A Large Flocked Christmas Wreath – For Practically FREE!
Materials & Tools:
- Free evergreen Christmas tree trimmings from your local tree vendor
- Other greenery clippings that you forage
- A large hula hoop!
- Garden clippers
- Wire clippers
- National Hardware 24 gauge floral wire
- Hot glue
- Embellishments – I used foraged pine cones, brass jingle bells, shatterproof Christmas tree balls, ribbon
- Christmas tree flocking powder
- Flour sifter
- Spray bottle filled with water
- National Hardware cup hook in clear
- You will need to purchase a hula hoop for this project. I found this one in the toy department of a big box store and it cost $6. I got the adult size in this shade of green, as I didn’t want to paint it!
- We bought a live tree for our family room, as we always do to hang the family mementoes on. At the tree lot these were free cuttings from the bottom of some trees and we grabbed a bunch! Another thing that I love to do is to put the free evergreen clippings in pots scattered about our home.
- I used National Hardware’s 24 gauge floral wire to attach all of the clippings to the hula hoop. It comes in a nifty container that is curled, which makes it easy to use without knotting up!
- Cut manageable pieces from the evergreen with your garden clippers. If possible, work outside as this is a messy process! In addition to the tree lot cuttings I use some local Australian Pine that I cut from some roadside trees. I love the whispy nature of that tree and feel that more layers makes for an interesting arrangement.
- Cut pieces of floral wire about an arm’s length and begin wrapping tree branches around the hula hoop. When you get fresh cuttings that are taken right off the tree they are somewhat flexible. Bend to form to your circular shape as you work along.
- If necessary, double the wire as you wrap. I did this with some of the thicker branches and then hid my final twists on the backside of the wreath.
- Keep working in layers and alternate the way that the branches face for interest on your large flocked Christmas wreath.
- When it looks full, step back and take a peek! Does it look full enough? Do you have missing areas to fill in? It doesn’t have to be perfect!
- Hot glue a handful or so of pine cones into the branches. Now you’re ready to add flocking powder to make this large flocked Christmas wreath!
How To Flock A Large Christmas Wreath
- This is a messy job! Be sure to put down a drop cloth or a piece of plastic as shown. Spray down your wreath with water using a spray bottle or the garden hose.
- While the wreath is still wet, apply Christmas tree flocking by pouring into a flour sifter and gently shaking over the wreath.
- Apply flocking randomly and don’t cover the entire wreath. Allow to dry for several hours or even better, overnight.
- For a thicker look of “snow” apply a second coat in some areas. I like to load it up on the pine cones!
- Add optional embellishments such as Christmas balls or jingle bells to your large flocked Christmas wreath.
- Keep stepping back and checking your work until you have a big smile on your face. You’re done! I hung my wreath in the living room with one of these self adhesive hooks that I mentioned from National Hardware.
- They have a tape that you pull away and adhere the hook to the wall.
Thankfully my husband got up there on the ladder to hang this large flocked Christmas wreath, because ladders aren’t my thing!
Bringing nature inside is a beautiful look for Christmas and this wreath can hang all winter long for a Scandinavian feel!
You can use a smaller child’s size hula hoop if you don’t need a large flocked Christmas wreath.
I’d love to know if you make a large flocked Christmas wreath yourself, or…if you simply try flocking! Let me know in the comments!