15 Foraged Wreaths That'll Inspire You To Make Your Own

No need to purchase supplies—a beautiful wreath is as close as your own backyard.

December 8, 2017
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Foraging is increasingly becoming a mainstream trend, with urban explorers taking to local parks, neighborhoods and even their own backyards to harvest goodies from nature to use in cooking or decorating. Whether it’s mushrooms for a recipe or foraged plants to turn into artwork, many people have a desire to pick things with their own two hands and have a deeper connection to the outdoors.

This is how Cassie Fellows has felt her entire life. As the owner and floral designer of Foraged Blooms, Fellows applies a wild, foraged style when creating just-harvested masterpieces for weddings and events. She says, “I've been gathering flowers and foliage to make different things since I was young. Even in college, I would make notes during plant identification courses on which plants I thought would work well in floral designs and wreaths. I love working with the elements around me.”

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Her approach suits the trend toward a natural and perfectly imperfect look. Fellows, who teaches wreath workshops, has plenty of tips for beginner and experienced foragers alike who wish to craft wreaths for the holiday season and beyond. “Foraged wreaths are perfect for every time of year and can be created with what’s growing around you,” says Fellows. “It’s an amazing way to be in tune with the seasons and bring nature indoors.”

The below wreaths made by inventive Instagrammers can serve as inspiration, dotted with advice from Fellows to enhance your wreath-making experience.

 

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Think on a bigger scale

Making a foraged wreath is more free-form by nature, so that means you can take liberties with the shape and size of your wreath, even embracing a “go big or go home” approach.

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Look to nontraditional materials

“Be open to unique materials,” says Fellows. Here, a foraged wreath spotlights moss, honeycomb, sweet gum pods and circular wasp gall pieces. (These are the 7 best plants to forage for holiday decorations.)

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Berries bring in pops of color

If you love seeing multi-colored hues in your wreaths, weave in those vivid shades with foraged berries. And be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those bright berries when you’re out and about. Fellows says, “Scope out the area whenever you can. I’m always scanning and taking notes of trees and shrubs and flowers I see while driving around, so I can come back later.” (Be sure to follow these 4 tips to avoid harming the environment when foraging for holiday greens.)

 

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Go beyond the basic wreath form

Flourishes of natural materials can add visual intrigue to a foraged wreath, starting with a base that will allow you to get creative. “I always use a lot of greens, especially those with broader leaves for a base. Once my base is set, I have more freedom to arrange the unique bits,” says Fellows.

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Forage flowers past their prime

In late fall and early winter, some flowers can take on a deep, weathered color that happens to look gorgeous in wreaths. These hydrangeas have taken on a rich, purple shade, and are the stars of this foraged wreath.

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Use non-circular shapes

Wreaths aren’t required to follow a traditional circular shape. Instead, use foraged branches, twine, and some chicken wire to make a star, then add those foraged bits and pieces.

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Pinecones are ideal seasonal touches

Pinecones are easy to gather, and they set the scene for a charming, wintry front porch. And although you may find yourself eyeing up pinecones on a tree in someone’s yard, Fellows advises that you focus your foraging on public places, saying, “I never forage from someone’s yard—although I have knocked on a few doors before to ask to purchase!”

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Seeded plants add interest and texture

Plants that have recently gone to seed bring in a soft, cloudlike texture to wreaths. Fellows enjoys the challenge of incorporating surprising textures—even the “pokey” ones. “I made a foraged wreath out of different kinds of thistles before, and the texture was amazing.”

 
 
 

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Create a new kind of wreath

This year, Fellows has seen a “big asymmetrical trend” in the world of foraged wreaths, something that she’s on board with. “I love the movement an asymmetrical design creates, and the freedom to play with shape.” It can be as simple as using a small branch and a gathered grouping of natural materials, attached in an off-center manner, to try out the trend.

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Juniper branches can be an unexpected addition

For holiday wreaths, Fellows prefers a couple types of greens—Noble Firs and Douglas Firs—and she likes to throw in a little juniper as well, seen in this fresh take on a seasonal wreath.

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An embroidery hoop makes a great wreath form

When it comes to wreath forms, there are near-dizzying options to choose from. “I’ve been designing on brass rings, but another favorite is grapevine wreaths,” says Fellows. Another distinctive, and easy, option is an embroidery hoop, ready to be decorated with gathered materials and a sweet ribbon.

 
 
 

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Imperfection can be pretty perfect

An imperfect appearance sometimes just works for a foraged wreath, like these branches that aren’t perfectly rounded and formed. Fellows says she often doesn’t have a “plan” when she harvests materials, and advises drying the pieces to see where they’ll take you later. “There isn’t always time to create when the best things are growing,” she says. “I find myself gathering materials even if I don’t immediately have a plan for them. Most things dry really well, and as a bonus, it will last forever.”

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Stick to a color palette

If you prefer things to look cohesive, following a palette of only one or two colors when creating a foraged wreath might be a good fit for you. This wreath features only two hues—lively greens and lush blues—and it looks stunning.

 

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Opt for simplicity

A foraged wreath doesn’t necessarily need to bring in a wide array of materials. It can be as simple as zeroing in on one standout material. Just be ready to forage when that spot-on material comes into your line of sight. “Always travel with clippers,” says Fellows. “I keep a pair in my car at all times, and I have a small keychain tool as well.”

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Weave in whimsical details

A woodland-foraged wreath is already a whimsical thing on its own, but for an extra dose of fancifulness, you can include small, non-foraged add-ins as well, like painted mushrooms or cute creatures.