Fall… my favorite time of year.
Crisp air, scarf and boot weather, leaves changing, pumpkin flavored everything. Who am I kidding? We don’t get any of that in LA… except the pumpkins everywhere. But this is my favorite season and I try to do as much as I can to make it feel like autumn even if it doesn’t necessarily feel like autumn.
Another reason I love fall is that the shorter days and cooler weather means staying inside and crafting. I’ve been wanting to DIY a wreath for quite some time so I visited one of my favorite places in downtown LA — the Original Los Angeles Flower Market. Just being around all those flowers sparks inspiration and I love having any reason to visit.
DIY Eucalyptus Wreath
- Pruning scissors (regular scissors also work)
- Floral wire
- Grapevine wreath frame – I purchased the frame from Moskatels (which is Michaels’ wholesale store) down the street from the flower market
- Eucalyptus bunch – If you’re not near a flower market, you can buy eucalyptus from Trader Joes or Whole Foods. I think my bunch had about 15 stems and I had leftovers.
Step 1 – Trim the eucalyptus
There are multiple offshoots from each stem. Trim the stems so they’re about 8-12″. I tried to avoid using the thick stems because they can be difficult to curve around the wreath.
Step 2 – Attach to wreath frame
Attach the eucalyptus stems with floral wire. I cut the wire about 1-2″. The great thing about using the grapevine frame is that you can also twist the stems within the grapevines.
Keep adding stems of eucalyptus onto the wreath frame until you reach your desired fullness. Eucalyptus still looks great dried, so I would recommend making it fuller than you think because it’ll shrink as it dries.
Step 3 – Add flowers
I added a few floral stems to the wreath, although I don’t think it’s necessary. The great thing about eucalyptus is that it’s a greenery that can be used any time of year and can be made seasonal by adding flowers or other accents.
What do you think? How are you decorating for fall?