DIY Winter Wreath, With Yasmine Mei
Jessica Schramm for Parachute
This holiday season we’re opting for a more neutral ode to a decorative classic. In lieu of a traditional, lush, green wreath (apologies in advance to all pine sympathizers) we’re hanging dried citrus wreaths. Florist and friend of the brand, Yasmine Mei, has become known for her bespoke wreaths and we were thrilled to have her share her tips so you can make one of your very own. Using a combination of dried materials including citrus, lunaria and fantastic funghi, Yasmine attaches the citrus and other decorations to a simple grapevine wreath. Whether you want to cover the entire surface or only do one section – the possibilities are endless – the final result will be a stunning winter wreath that will last for seasons to come. Read on for Yasmine's complete instructions – and happy crafting!
Prepare Your Trimmings
Depending on how you choose to customize your wreath (supplies may vary) it's important to start with dehydrating your citrus; clementines, oranges, lemons or limes all work well and provide different color variations. Once you've chosen your citrus, thinly slice around 4-6 fruits per wreath before placing the slices on a lined baking sheet. Set the oven to its lowest setting (170-200 degrees Fahrenheit) and dehydrate for about three hours – flipping halfway through. Next you will need to source your lunaria – aka the Silver Dollar Plant – which can easily be found online – as well as the dried Enoki mushrooms. As for wreaths, local craft stores cary varying sizes and makeup during the holidays.
Once your supplies are gathered and ready for assembly, start by gently placing items in your desired formation, one section at a time. Either breaking stems or using shears, trim the lunaria and naturally weave it into the wreath (this may require some feeling around). You can also wrap twine around the lunaria and the desired branch to secure. Repeat with mushrooms. To add the citrus, position each piece and adhere to the wreath using a hot glue gun. For a fuller look, layer the citrus on top on on another in a staggered formation. Carefully secure each piece as you make your way across the wreath either covering in completely, or creating a half moon shape.
Thank you, Yasmine!