Tie advent wreath

Bjorn Wilhelm 17.11.2021

The classic Advent wreath consists of tied fir greenery: how to make a Tie Advent wreath yourself, you can find out here.

Tie Advent wreath

A self-tied fir wreath does not always have to be used as an Advent wreath with candles- also as a decorative object in the apartment or as a door wreath, it is an eye-catcher in Advent!

Wrap thin fleece tape around the straw wreath

Photo: flowers.de fir greenery with wire

Wrap wire around the wreath and use it to attach the fir greenery

Photo: Flowers.cover the wreath completely

Put fir greenery close to the wreath, so that the blank and Daraht is no longer visible

Photo: Flowers.de DIY Advent wreath

Advent wreath itself tinker and bind

You can buy many Advent wreath blanks in stores from November onwards. But if you are looking for a green other than blue spruce as the basis for your candle wreath, you will quickly despair. Those who want Nordmann fir, pine and conifer as the basis for the green wreath, often can not avoid the Advent wreath to tie yourself. The video tutorial below shows step by step how to make a Tie Advent wreath.

What you need to tie Advent wreath?

Before you start tying the Advent wreath, you should get and prepare all the necessary materials and tools. To tie a fir wreath you need:

  • Wreath blank (modeling ring of straw, willow branches, styrofoam or plug-in moss)
  • if necessary. green florist crepe or crepe paper to wrap around the blank
  • enough fir greenery: pine, spruce, fir
  • Practical tip: weave in decorative greenery such as thuja, holly, mistletoe, ivy, boxwood or even moss in small amounts!
  • green floral wire
  • Candle holder or candle plate
  • Decorative material as desired (candles, ribbons, Christmas balls, decorative figures, straw stars, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices, etc.).)

We show how you can make this noble floral Advent wreath yourself

What branches to tie Advent wreath?

In the Advent wreath may, what pleases! Classics are branches of spruce or silver fir, but also with pine needles, a self-tied Christmas wreath looks very pretty- and smells wonderfully resinous of forest!
Practical tip: If you want to be economical here, simply take twigs from conifers that grow in your own garden. How to use the green cuttings sensibly!

When choosing, many also ask themselves the question: which conifer tree needles the least? After all, the Advent wreath should stand four to five weeks in the warm apartment. How quickly the branches on the fir wreath lose their needles depends on the tree species of the branches used: Firs usually needles less or. later as pine trees. The robust Nordmann fir, which is also popular as a Christmas tree, also provides a good fir green for the Advent wreath!

Alternatively, you can take branches of thuja, juniper or cypress for tying the Advent wreath. The evergreens have softer "needles" and also stay fresh longer tied to the wreath- this saves you the annoying needles!

How much fir greenery needed for an Advent wreath?

How many fir branches you need to buy for a single Advent wreath? The simple answer is: amazingly much! This also explains the z. T. High prices for ready-made fir wreaths. If you want to wrap the Advent wreath all around (that is, including the bottom of the support surface of the wreath) with fir greenery, you need to calculate loosely one hand bunch per 10 cm ring circumference- rather more! So if you can contribute fir greenery from your own garden, you can save a lot of money here.

A word about time and care when tying Advent wreaths: Florists calculate a time requirement of one minute per centimeter of wreath diameter as a rule of thumb, but they do it professionally! As a layman you may allow yourself more time when you make the Advent wreath yourself.

Where to buy fir branches?

In time for the beginning of the Advent season, you can use fir branches or. Buy cut greenery almost everywhere: Of course, at the florist, in (cemetery) nurseries and tree nurseries, in hardware stores or garden centers but also at the weekly market and even in grocery stores.

If you want to cut the fir greenery for the Advent wreath yourself in your own garden, you should also ask yourself: When can I cut the branches for the Advent wreath?? The simple answer is, as soon as possible before processing! Best you cut the fir branches the day before you want to tie the Christmas wreath.

The fact that the sun is responsible for many successes and failures in the garden is immediately obvious to any gardener. But what does the moon have to do with it.

Friends of the lunar calendar also advise to cut the fir branches for the Advent calendar three days before the eleventh full moon. If you want to garden according to the moon, but have missed the ideal time, you should at least apply the scissors in a phase of waxing moon to cut the branches for the fir wreath- the closer to the next full moon the fresher the fir shoots are, the longer the Advent wreath lasts.

Instructions: Tying an Advent wreath yourself

To tie an Advent wreath yourself is not so difficult. With a little Gesc-hick you can tie this yourself and individually ges-talten. The video tutorial shows step by step how to tie an Advent wreath yourself:

If you need more guidance when making Advent wreath, you can read all the steps again in this tutorial:

  1. Wash and dry the fir branches (especially if they come from the garden) the day before. So they are clean, watered and ready for further processing!
  2. Cut the fir greenery into small branches, about 5-10 cm long, one bunch per fir species.
  3. Now prepare the blank: White Styrofoam rings should be wrapped with green masking tape before tying, so that the blank does not shine through unpleasantly later on! Practical tip: Stick the beginning and end of the masking tape to the blank or fix it with a needle.
  4. Now attach the binding wire to the blank: Wind the florist’s wire once around the blank and twirl it tightly
  5. Start tying the Advent wreath now: Gradually lay out fir greenery and secure it with a wire loop. Always start from the inside and arrange the branches close together to the outside. Also the binding wire you lead parallel from the inside to the outside!
  6. Now is care and diligence asked: gradually dress the blank with fir greenery. Work yourself in short stretches of ca. 5 cm "backwards along the ring (s. next paragraph). The stems of the last branches need to be tucked under the tips of the shoots of the first layer at the end- this is how a closed fir wreath is created!
  7. Fixing candles is a tricky business: the easiest way is to poke candle holders into the wreath. Their thorn usually provides sufficient stability and the candle plate prevents wax from dripping into the wreath.
  8. Practical tip: A cheap alternative are self-made candle holders made of solid florist’s wire! Simply pinch off three straight pieces of wire per candle, heat one end over the candle flame, and drive the hot end into the bottom of the stump candle with tongs. Then insert the candle with the wire thorns into the Advent wreath- keeps bombproof!
  9. Now comes the decorative part: What you decorate your Advent wreath, is up to you. From modern to classic everything is allowed and possible! It looks pretty, if also self-made Christmas tree decorations are used!

Anyone who has a classic Advent wreath made of fir greenery on the table knows how cumbersome it can be to move the Advent wreath to another.

How to tie an Advent wreath?

The instructions above and the video explain very clearly how to tie an Advent wreath yourself. It is important to make sure that all the fir greenery is processed rigidly overlapping. Each new branch or bunch lies clearly on the last layer- like fish scales or roof tiles!
Practical tip: weave on the inside of the blank rather shorter branches in- How to follow the tight radius of the wreath more easily. Outside, longer fir branches are then used- this provides volume and makes the Advent wreath look looser.

In which direction to tie a wreath?

Always turn the Advent wreath clockwise (as a right-handed person) when tying it. So you automatically put fresh greenery on the previously attached fir branches and cover with their tips the needleless branches of the other branches.
In addition, the fir wreath is always tied from the inside out: Inside are fewer and shorter fir branches used, from about the middle of the branches are longer and more branched, so that the larger outer diameter is covered with fir greenery everywhere. Practical tip: Long branches make the Advent wreath "bushier". To tie the wreath tightly, follow each branch on the inside of the blank, two branches on the top and 2-3 branches on the outside of the ring. So the wreath becomes nice and round and compact.

How long does a homemade Advent wreath last??

Fir branches are very robust and remain beautiful for a long time. Of course, cut branches do not last indefinitely, as they are cut off from the water supply. A fir wreath that is placed in the garden (for example on the garden table or hanging on the front door) will stay green and fresh for months. The natural precipitation helps the fir branches last longer.

With an Advent wreath you conjure up a Christmas atmosphere in your home

In the apartment, the warm heating air dries out the Advent wreath unfortunately very quickly. "Watering" or spraying the fir branches with water mist every day unfortunately only helps to a limited extent to extend the shelf life of the fir greenery. After four weeks, the fir wreath is usually completely dried out and the needles trickle with every touch. However, by then the Advent season is over.
Practical tip: Because dry fir greenery catches fire easily, an Advent wreath should never be left unattended when the candles are lit!

How can I make my Advent wreath durable?

If you water the fir greenery overnight before tying, the self-tied Advent wreath is ideally prepared for the coming weeks in the warm apartment. It prolongs the life of the fir wreath if the Advent wreath is only used "when needed" into the apartment and store it outside (for example on the terrace) for the rest of the day. The lower temperatures and humidity keep the wreath fresh.
Practical tip: The Advent wreath survives the daily change between outdoors and indoors better if it is placed on a stable base (wooden plate, large plate, etc.), . ) stands. This makes it easier to transport and less likely to needle.

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