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How I Made ~ Hoop Greenery Wreath With Dried Oranges And Star Anise

Marquia Jisonna | 25 November, 2020


          
            How I Made ~ Hoop Greenery Wreath With Dried Oranges And Star Anise

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Yes, it's 2020 and yes our greenery wreath is back for the holidays. This has now become one of my favorite DIY projects to create each year. So of course I had to share it with a cool new update to give it something new. It's such a great way to add a modern, earthy feel for the holidays. Check out how I made this hoop wreath and create one for your home this holiday season. 
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hoop wreath diy materials
My materials:
Some fresh greenery branches (I used boxwood and cedar branches)
Dried orange slices (tutorial here)
Star anise
14 in metal hoop
Clear thread
Needle
scissors
Thin floral wire
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    Next, soak your greenery for at least 4 hours.
    I like to soak mine overnight and let them sit out and dry all day.
     Soaking your branches is a great way to give them some extra staying power, especially in a home pumping out dry heat.
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    cutting oranges for dried orange slices, wreath diy
    Grab your oranges, slice and pop them in the oven to make dried oranges.
    Check out how to dry orangeshere.
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    layering greenery, wreath diy
    Start to layer and arrange your branches around the hoop at the top. Angle and drape them around the hoop. Repeat for the bottom half of the hoop as well. 
    Cut pieces of floral wire to about 7' and start attaching the branches to the left side of the hoop to hold in place. (Bunches can also be arranged to the bottom, top or right of the hoop. Go with your style!) 
    Cut and tuck small pieces of both style branches at the center. This helps hide the wire that's holding the top and bottom together. Plus it fills everything in.
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    adding dried oranges to wreath, diy holiday wreath
    Next, add at least 4-5 dried oranges to your wreath so it really stands out. 
     (If you'd like more, go for it!) Lay them on top of your wreath as you prefer. Take your clear thread and needle. Gently poke a hole through the skin of the first dried orange. Then carefully weave the tread through up, down and around the hoop connecting each orange as you go along. Knot and tie off at the end towards the back to secure. (Use extra floral wire, if needed, for extra hold around the hoop.)
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    star anise, diy hoop holiday wreath.
    Next grab a few pieces of star anise to add to your wreath. They have such a cool shape and feel. The smell contrasts the dried oranges and gives off a earthy, licorice smell. 
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    adding start anise, diy hoop wreath holiday
    Taking one at a time, start near the top of your oranges and add one star anise.  Pull your clear thread from the bottom up gently wrapping around your star anise then threading back down through the oranges. Continue to place each star anise scattered coming down the oranges ( and beyond if you'd prefer). Gently wrapping the thread around and between the stars and moving the tread down the wreath.  Using clear thread helps to camouflage this process.
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    Take a moment to tie, trim and secure all wire and tread in the back. 
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    Hoop greenery wreath diy with dried oranges and star anise, Maddi and Joan
    Hang your wreath directly from the hoop or use jute or any string /ribbon you'd like and enjoy this beautiful handmade decor.
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    This hoop greenery wreath with dried oranges and star anise is a great way to add something modern and natural to your space.
    Tell me what your think... will you give it a try? 
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