How To Choose Elements For Wreath Making

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Wreath making is a lot of fun, but there are dozens of decisions you need to make before you finish your piece. If you have ever wondered how to choose elements when you make wreaths, then this guide is for you! Finally, bust through the confusion and cart with confidence.

With all the choices out there, trying to pick out wreath elements can feel overwhelming. I had a chat with Greenery Market and discovered some tips and hacks that will make all of this so much easier. If you follow this advice, your confusion will clear away and you’ll be making stronger decisions for beautiful wreaths.

How to Choose Elements For Wreath Making - Design Tips

How To Choose Elements For Wreath Making: Essential Tips

If you are staring at a blank wreath form and don’t know what to do, then this guide is just for you! That confused feeling is really common, and there is a process you can learn that will help you make confident decisions when you make your wreaths.

Who better to chat with for design tips than the people that supply them? Alaina from Greenery Market has a bunch of real-world advice about this very thing.

If you enjoy this and want to learn more on how to get started with wreath making, try my Wreath Making 101 Workshop!

1. Choose A Main Thriller Piece

Start by picking out the one thing that will be the focus of the wreath. For me, this is usually a cute sign. Other ideas include ribbon or stunning florals. As long as it really commands attention, it qualifies as a thriller piece.

You will design around this one focal point.

2. Pick Out 3 Colors

Next, select three colors that you will use within your wreath. This can be a piece of ribbon in your stash. You don’t have to stick to these three colors, but if you are a beginner maker it’s always a good idea to start with three of them.

3. Use The Best Ribbons

After you have your colors you can pull out the ribbons for your wreath. I always use #40 ribbon which is 2 1/2-inch wired ribbon. I always use wired ribbon. I use one or two of those. Then, I use a #9 ribbon as an accent one (this is a 1 1/2-inch wired ribbon).

4. Add Some Focal Flowers

You don’t always need flowers on a wreath, but if your sign has flowers on them (like mine did in this example) it’s a good idea to pull that design element out.

Choose flowers that complement the focal sign that you are using. For example, if your sign has sunflowers on it, use some sunflowers on the wreath.

5. Choose Three Greenery Styles

I like to vary the textures on my wreaths, so I always try to choose types that have different feels on them. I also like to use my greenery to create a straight focal light around my wreath, so I will often pick out some fern leaves.

Then, look for some mixed greenery too. This will add depth and fullness to your wreath with very little effort.

As you choose greenery styles, you should also keep in mind what season you are decorating for. Flocked leaves will have a more wintery vibe, whereas eucalyptus is better suited for spring or summer.

6. Choose Some Fillers

Fillers can include anything from small floral sprays to wooded stems or even plastic decorative picks, ornaments, and even berries.

Fillers are very showy and add visual interest. They are a lot of fun. Pick out fillers that use one of the three colors you picked out at the beginning.

Tip: When you are choosing fillers, be careful and choose elements that are not the exact same color as your focal flowers or ribbons. If they are too close of a match, the fillers could get lost. You want them to stand out among the rest of your florals and greenery.

7. Pay Close Attention To Shades Of Color

Finally, it’s very important that you pay really close attention to the exact shades of your ribbon, florals, and greenery. Try to avoid using bright green leaves with a sign that has teal leaves painted on it.

There are so many subtleties within ribbon and floral colors. If you vary too much, it might create an unpleasant design.

Watch the Video

If you prefer to watch a video, check it out below!

Final Thoughts

That’s it! Please always be patient when you order online from trusted retailers. They have to order their items a year ahead of time because there aren’t any ribbon manufacturers in the United States.

If you see that a ribbon you love is sold out, choose a different one. Places like Greenery Market try so hard to keep things in stock, but shipping from China and India is time-consuming, and selling out is just a part of the game.

Wreath making is so much fun, especially when you know how to choose elements quickly and easily!

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  1. Sandra Jeffrey on August 6, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Julie!!
    Funny that you posted this TODAY as I struggle to figure out my ribbon combination for Fall Wreath. I probably feel a bit more pressure than usual: it’s a Birthday Gift ?? Do you ever add ribbon that is just going to be TAILS rather than a full bow in your stack??? I think it could work but I’m quite new to this so I’d really like to hear what an experienced designer would say. Thanks!!

    • Julie Siomacco on August 13, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      I usually add tails that match the loops, but yes, you can just add ribbon tails to the back of the bow.

  2. Barbara Burgueno on August 11, 2021 at 10:34 am

    This video was wonderful! A great recipe for buying products and not overspending. Thank you both!

  3. LaWanna Crumpton on September 3, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Just watched this video and loved being able to see the product next to each other before deciding. Is there any way for a seller to have a type of design board for us to choose items and then they are placed side by side to see. i have seen a site that sells material for quilts that had something like this. As a newbie with limited resources, it would help immensely! I love greenery market products and I also add many things to my cart; however, the items are not always side by side to see if they coordinate well.

    If someone could create a board with a computer program, which is way beyond my abilities (lol) to add products too compare. Online shopping would be so much easier!!

    Thank you again for this video. Wish we could do this live for help!

  4. Jo Harper on September 26, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Hi Julie ,I live in london and am finding it hard to find an 8 inch skillet . Do you think or has anyone else tried a hot wax pot to melt their glue sticks in ?
    Jo Harper

    • Julie Siomacco on September 27, 2021 at 11:49 am

      I have not tried that. I’ve used 12″ electric skillets too. It doesn’t have to be 8″. Have you tried online stores too?

  5. Kim Archer on December 14, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Hey Julie, I want to begin by saying how much I’ve enjoyed reading ur posts n watching the tutorials. This is a whole new world for me! I never dreamed I’d be interested n anything like this. My daughter is extremely artistic! I am not. But my kids r grown, I can’t work anymore, n the pandemic has kept me home much more than usual. So here I am. Much to my surprise, I’ve become very interested n learning to make wreaths, n then maybe other decorations after that. Now, my actual question is about greenery. I just started trying to learn to make wreaths; this is my first effort at making anything even remotely crafty. But I’m on a fixed income now, so I can’t afford to splurge on really nice “elements” until I actually no what I’m doing. Until then, I’m just recycling old ornaments n arrangements to use for practice. I also found a good size box filled with that old cheap green garland from years past n storage. Do u have any ideas about how I can use some of it for greenery on a wreath? I apologize for being so long winded, but I thought I should tell u a little about myself n my situation, basically just to explain any really stupid questions I will almost certainly be asking. Thanx for ur time!

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