Fun fact: Creative activities like painting or dancing aren’t just fun—they’re actually good for our health. These outlets can help us better manage stress, improve our psychological well-being and cognitive functioning, and aid our immune systems. All of which we could probably use right now.
We asked Jessica Sparzak, the founder and designer behind the mobile floral studio Pickletown Flower Co. (who we profiled in the April/May issue of 5280 Home), to share a craft that’s achievable even for us black thumbs. She came up with this gorgeous, modern hoop wreath. Follow her step-by-step instructions to bring a little homemade beauty to your walls.
Supplies & Materials*
- 1 metal hoop
- Clippers or scissors
- Wired twine
- Foliage (Sparzak recommends varietals like seeded eucalyptus, Pampas grass, and dried flowers, weeds, and grasses; forage from your yard or purchase online.)
Step One. Gather some of your foliage materials into a small bundle. (Keep in mind: You’ll be making four bundles total.) Layer the largest pieces in the back and smaller pieces in the front.
Step Two. Wrap the bundled stems with wired twine.
Step Three. Attach your first bundle to the hoop using more wired twine.
Step Four. Create another bundle and repeat steps two and three. Attach the second bundle just below the twine of bundle number one. Tip: Be sure to angle your bundles outward along the curve of the hoop.
Step Five. Create a third bundle and repeat steps two and three. Layer this bundle over the base of the second one. Tip: If your bundles are twisting and slipping around the hoop, add extra stability by tying down sections of the bundle to the hoop: Find any accessible point on the bundle, slip a piece of twine in, and then tightly attach it to the hoop.
Step Six. Finish your wreath with a fourth, larger bundle. Position it in the opposite direction of the others, with the ends of bundles three and four touching.
Step Seven. Add ribbon to the open space between the third and fourth bundles, allowing the tails to hang long.
Step Eight. Once your wreath is complete, hang it on a wall or door and take a few minutes to edit it. “I like to remove any excess leaves or pieces that look too long,” Sparzak says. “Snip and edit until your wreath feels proportionate while remaining wild and whimsical.”
*Shopping Tip: If you can’t find what you need through your local stores, Sparzak is a fan of online shop Afloral. She’ll also be offering DIY wreath kits on her website soon. All photos courtesy of Jessica Sparzak