Dried, Decorative, and Divine
By Niree Noel
Our Parlor Party wreath station setup at the Domino Holiday pop-up in SoHo.
Because it’s winter and we’re feeling festive, we got friend and plant whisperer Jessie Weaver to host a little holiday wreath-making how-to at our recent Parlor Party. Jessie gathered an assortment of dried shrubbery, including dyed eucalyptus, cotton on the stem, fountain vine, and stardust gypsum, along with metal hoops, floral wire, and super sharp shearers for guests to mix and match (and ooh and ahh over). Here, she tells us how to recreate the look at home, for a no-fuss wreath that looks good all year long, and best of all: never dies.
Laying out the layers before starting assembly.
Metal macramé hoop
An assortment of dried greenery and flowers, like:
Eucalyptus, Tortum, Rice Flower, Fountain vine, Bleached Cornflower, Stardust Gypsum, Burnt Oak Phalaris, Sola Gardenias, Cotton Stems
Cut a few arm’s length pieces of floral wire. Keep them somewhere close and handy.
Assess your greens. Select a variety of textures, sizes, shapes, and colors that work well together. “You can get your greens anywhere, from the bodega to the woods (like I do),” says Jessie. Cut those pieces down, too.
It's good to start with one or two big pieces.
Or mix in delicate with sturdy.
Play with proportions to get the right look.
Tuck in your ends, et voilà!
The metal macramé hoop is your starting point. Begin with some base greenery that’s long with a strong presence, like eucalyptus. Take a piece of floral wire and twist it around the stem and through the leaves.
Continue layering textures and colors in a downwards trajectory. Twist the floral wire around and around, as needed. If you have a selection of buds or other stemless objects, pierce through whatever part seems sturdiest; we promise it’ll hold. Tuck in the ends wherever they won’t be seen.
Select a focal piece. “Whether it’s a few flowers bunched together or a pine cone, the center is what draws both sides together,” says Jessie.
Once you’re satisfied with the balance, give the hoop a spin and feel it out. Perhaps it needs a velvet bow as a final touch, or perhaps it needs nothing more than just to hang all pretty on your wall. And the best part? What you’ve created will last for forever.
Jessie showing guests how it's done, per the usual.