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

Marquia Jisonna | 01 December, 2021


          
            Hoop greenery wreath with oranges and star anise

 
Yes, it's 2021 and yes our greenery wreath is back for the holidays. This wreath has  become one of my favorite DIY projects to create each year. So of course I had to share it again. Adding another new update to give it something new. Last year the new addition was star anise. This year, using blood oranges to add a little contrast with the navel oranges. This boho wreath is 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 greenery wreath materials
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My materials:
Some fresh greenery branches (This year I used boxwood and white pine but cedar with boxwood works together as well)
Navel oranges and blood oranges
Dried orange slices (tutorial here)
Star anise
14 in metal hoop
Clear thread
Needle
scissors
Thin floral wire
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    soaking white pine and boxwood for greenery wreath
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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
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    Grab your oranges, slice and pop them in the oven to slowly dry them out.
    Check out how to dry oranges here.
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    oranges and blood oranges sliced to go in the oven for drying process
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    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. 
    *Photo below shown with boxwood and cedar greenery but the same concept works with white pine or other branches.
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    layering greenery, wreath diy
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    Cut pieces of floral wire to about 7' and start attaching the branches to the left side or right 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
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    Next, add at least 4-5 dried oranges to your wreath so it really stands out. 
     If you'd like more, go for it! (*I added blood oranges with navel oranges this year to add a bit of color contrast. See final result below) 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.
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    Next grab a few pieces of star anise to add to your wreath. Star anise has 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
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    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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    Once complete, take a moment to tie, trim and secure all wire and tread in the back. 
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    new hoop greenery wreath with dried oranges and star anise
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    Hang your wreath using jute or any string /ribbon you'd like. Enjoy this beautiful DIY holiday decor project you can use year after year.
    .A greenery wreath that's minimal, modern and adds a natural boho vibe to your space.
    Tell me what do you think... will you give it a try? 
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