There is no better way to greet guests for a holiday party than with a beautiful wreath on your front door. Floral designer Shea Hopely, of Shea Hopely Flowers, gave First Coast Magazine a lesson on the art of wreath making, so you could craft your own welcoming porch centerpiece.

Supplies: (any of these supplies can be purchased at a local craft store or found in your backyard)

  • Scissors
  • 22 to 28 gauge wire
  • Wreath frame
  • 2 yards of ribbon
  • Green foliage
  • Accessories (such as berries, pine cones and succulents)

Step 1. Assemble your supplies. And attach the wire to the wreath frame.

Step 2. Arrange the green foliage in bundles. Layer the foliage to give the texture you want. Hopely says, “At a minimum, the width of the greenery should cover the width of the frame. The wider the greenery, the fuller and bushier the wreath will appear.” The foliage used for this holiday wreath came from Hopely’s backyard and include camellia, cedar, spruce and magnolia. Tree lots are also a great place to pick up spruce and cedar foliage trimmed from Christmas trees.

Step 3. Attach the greenery to the wreath frame. Place a bundle of the greenery on top of the wreath frame and wrap the wire around it 2 or 3 times to secure it in place. Continue to layer each bundle of foliage on top of the next, until the wreath frame is covered in greenery.

Step 4. Add accessories. Hopely says, “Once you have a base, you can add in anything you want to make it yours.” Accessories used to make this wreath include real berries, pine cones and live succulents. Silk berries and ornaments can also be used to bring in your color scheme. The pine cones Hopely uses come with wire attached. Pull the wire through the frame and attach it to the back. Hopely uses succulents that are cut from a succulent plant purchased from a local garden center. Put a wire through the succulent and create a hook on the end to hold the wire in place. Then push the wire through the wreath frame and secure it to the back of the frame.

Step 5. Make a bow. Cut a piece of ribbon about 4 to 5 feet long. Tie it into a shoe string bow then loop a piece of wire through the back of the bow to fasten it to the wreath.

Step 6. Hang it! If you want to hang your wreath on your front door, Hopely suggests using fishing line. You can staple gun the line to the top of your door frame then tie the line to the wreath frame.

Be sure to spritz the wreath with water a couple times a week to keep your greenery looking fresh, especially on Florida’s warmer winter days.