This DIY evergreen wreath with feathers is made from scratch and decorated with a mix of earthy craft supplies and naturally shed feathers from my own backyard. It’s massive, which creates such an amazing statement in the living room. Living lakeside in the country has definitely changed my aesthetic, and I find myself turning to nature more and more for inspiration.
I put together this DIY evergreen wreath tutorial for Hello Holiday but you can also find the easy tutorial below.
Here’s how you can make your own massive evergreen wreath! Gather the supplies on your next hike or forest walk – or nab some fresh boughs at the grocery store.
- Metal wreath frame (24″)
- Green floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Gardening sheers
- Feathers (optional)
- Clip on birds (optional)
- Glittery faux foliage stems (optional)
- Evergreen boughs
- Gardening gloves (working with branches can be sticky and pokey)
How to Make a DIY Evergreen Wreath
This DIY evergreen wreath was pretty straightforward to make. Once I gathered armfuls of evergreen branches from the woods behind our house (using pruning sheers for a clean cut), I cut down the branches into smaller piece. I grabbed bunches of these trimmings, fanned them out, and affixed them to my wreath form using green floral wire. Easy! Then I just worked my way around the wreath, layering on the boughs.
Once I got into the rhythm of it, making this evergreen wreath was actually really simple! The trickiest part of this DIY evergreen wreath was creating a nice balance and keeping a round shape. I wanted a really natural looking wreath so I kept the arrangement loose, but I had to be careful because it went really wild looking very easily. I tried my best to tame it!
When I was finished with the DIY evergreen wreath base, I accented it with feathers. I picked up a zillion Canada goose feathers from the yard one day and I was so enraged by their constant presence. For some reason, vowing to make something pretty with their feathers seemed like the perfect revenge (I do not understand my logic). I actually wanted to make something like Britt Bass’ arrow art, but then I found adorable clip-on birds at the craft store and decided that an earthy, bird-inspired wreath would be an even better use! Take that, geese. Ha!
After collecting them, I cleaned the goose feathers. First I popped them all in a ziploc bag and placed it in the freezer for a few days (to kill any bugs), then I gently washed them in dish soap, rinsed, and let them air dry. I mixed them with some shimmering faux foliage stems and a handful of teal feathers from the craft store for some subtle colour, inspired by the lake and its moody, grey blues this time of year. A dab of hot glue is all that was required to affix them to my wreath.
The wreath is so full and lush – and smells amazing. I love that it is huge because it makes such a statement on my walls.
If you’re looking for other modern holiday decorating ideas, check out my DIY agate wreath, A-frame ornament stand, DIY plywood ornament stand with lights, DIY mini potted plant ornament, and DIY dyed bottle brush trees.