I love to use natural elements for Christmas whenever possible but I also hate having that brittle look after the first week or so. This year we will be gone for a good part of the holiday season so I didn’t want to come home to a dried-up fire hazard. Here are my tips on how to make a faux wreath look natural even if it isn’t.
#1 Take the time to fluff your wreath
The left side of this wreath is what it looked like out of the box. The right side is fluffed.
#2 Gather some natural elements
Add some foraged natural elements that will make it through the season
I have six pomegranate bushes. Poms look pretty even after they dry. My bay tree is always happy to be trimmed this time of year. My neighbor’s juniper holds it’s color all through the season. Everyone has some spare twigs waiting to be trimmed.
#3 Purchase some faux stems that “look natural”
You can find these at Target, Hobby Lobby, Michaels etc. The key here is don’t just shop the holiday section. Most of the berries and evergreen stems are sprinkled with fake snow & fairy dust. The berries in this section do not normally look real. Look for different gradiations of green so your wreath will have some depth.
None of these came from the “holiday” section. The stems on the left and right are from Hobby Lobby. The one in the middle I have had for a while.
Here is the finished wreath.
Here you can see how the bay and twigs lend a more natural look to the wreath.
I glued the fresh poms on with a glue gun. All of the other materials I just poke in. That way if I want to change it out next year I don’t have glue gobs everywhere.
The same plan can be applied to a faux garland. The garland you saw in my entry on my Christmas Tour Part 1 was also embellished with the same elements. This garland came from Park Hill. It was already nice and full but I always like to add some natural elements to offset the faux look.
Twigs and faux elements bring a depth of color to the garland.
These small Park Hill Collection wreaths are very natural looking with their natural pine cones and variety of faux greens.
The addition of natural twigs, a big wide chartreuse ribbon, and the same faux elements create some interest.
I will be back on Friday with the rest of my Christmas tour including my Christmas wrap. I will show you how to embellish a grocery store wreath as well.
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