DIY foraged, wire-hanger wreath with Natasha


By Natasha Price

As part of my never-ending quest to be an adult, I’ve been trying to purge my home of wire hangers. It’s sort of an awkward struggle to throw away a hanger. They poke through the trash bag and when you bend them in half it doesn’t seem to make it any easier.

So today when I was tossing my recent dry cleaning hangers it dawned on me that I could easily convert one into a wreath base and, how convenient — there’s already a built-in hook!

So I put on my winter boots and took a nature walk to collect twigs, plants and other dried-up pieces of nature to wire into a simple wreath.

After completing my autumn wreath I was reminded why I’ve never been interested in wreaths: I have a hideous front door. It’s metal, it’s dirty and no amount of spruce boughs, berries or ribbon will make it look attractive.

So I was stuck with a gorgeous wreath and no place to hang it. Thankfully, Julia has a beautiful front door just begging for a wreath to match.

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Make one! What you’ll need:

  • 1 wire coat hanger
  • floral tape (available at craft stores)
  • 1 paddle of floral wire (available at craft stores)
  • bits of dried-out nature such as spruce boughs, yarrow, alder cones, grass, rose hips and fireweed
  • scissors

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First, form your hanger into a hoop shape. Using the floral tape, start wrapping the hanger from the top twist, around and back so the only bare metal remaining is the hook. This will keep the greenery from sliding around and will camouflage the wire better.

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Take a small clump of greens, such as a sprig of spruce and some grass and cut the ends so there’s about two inches of stem. Place the clump at the top of the wreath base. Start wrapping the floral wire around the stems so they are securely fastened to the base.

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Create another clump of greens and secure a little farther down the wreath base. Work your way all around the hanger until you’re back at the top. Hide the stems of the last clump behind the greens of the first clump and wire in place.

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Now hang up your wreath on your picturesque front door and admire your crafty resourcefulness.

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Julia O’Malley is a journalist who lives in Anchorage. She writes about culture, family, home, the environment and food in Alaska.

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