Deconstructing a Wreath

Remember how a bunch of my family members made fresh Christmas wreaths last year? At the time, Mary told us once the wreaths were past their prime we could disassemble them and reuse the heavy-duty wire wreath frames next year.

Spring is here, and my community has resumed collecting and composting yard waste, so it was time to deconstruct my glorious wreath.

It needs a pop of color, but a bow would be crushed by my storm door, so I need to figure something out.

Any wreath constructed around a metal frame can probably be disassembled, too. Even a store bought wreath. Not sure how your wreath is constructed? Take a look at the back.

Wow. Look how the greens have faded.

See how the greens attach to the frame with green wire? And wow – look how much they’ve faded!

Untwist or cut the greens free. We tied small bunches of greens together before attaching them to the frame, so I started by pulling a few out. (Do I even need to point out you should be doing this outside if your wreath is made from real greens?)


Each of these little bundles was bound with green wire. If you’re planning to mulch or compost the old greens you need to remove all of those wires. Some of the greens slipped right out of the wire for me, others had to be unwound or cut. The wire-free greens were tossed into a paper yard waste bag.

I simply reversed the process we used when making the wreaths and systematically worked my way around the frame.


It probably took about 20 minutes to untie and pick wires out of the greens, but now I’ve got a wreath frame ready to be reused.


Deconstructing the wreath wasn’t as much fun as making it, but the faded greens still smelled wonderful – and my gloves didn’t get covered with sap this time!


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on April 6, 2014, in recycling, reusing, thrify tip, wreaths and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Dawson Dinners

A family of four sharing the planning, execution and enjoyment of the family dinner

Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions

A Place for Plans, Dreams, and Commitment

Roving Crafters

a place to share knitting, crocheting, and spinning adventures


Delicious ways to reduce food waste


Colourful Good Food & Positive Lifestyle

Lattes & Llamas

Home of the Geek-A-Long

WGN Radio 720 - Chicago's Very Own

Live and Local News, Talk, Sports, Traffic, Weather, Business, Blackhawks, White Sox, Northwestern

In Print Writers

Maintaining connections among writing friends

Genevieve Knits

A Blog for Vampire Knits and Once Upon A Knit

The Tommy Westphall Universe

The little boy, the snowglobe and all of television

Delicious plant-based, whole food recipes & my healthy living tips!

All Night Knits

Sleep All Day. Knit All Night.

UK Crochet Patterns

We seriously heart crochet and love to promote patterns in UK terms!

Funky Air Bear

Traditional & Modern Knits

Recording "Guitarrista!"

A topnotch site


The Art of Knitting

Simply Flagstaff

A Blog About Getting Back to Basics

Cook Up a Story

Inspiration and Recipes for Growing Families

The Daily Varnish

The daily musings of two nail polish addicts.

Fika and more

Baking, living and all the rest

my sister's pantry

Eat food... real food

made by mike

Just another site

Chilli Marmalade

Adventures inside and outside my kitchen

In search of flavor

enriching the everyday


Passionate about cooking and baking and love to share.

Doris Chan Crochet

Musings from Doris Chan, crochet designer, author, space cadet

Happiness Stan Lives Here

Notes from Nowhere Near the Edge

Just another site

Black Bear Journal

Just another site

Words on the Page

Just another site

Patons Blog - We've moved!

Patons Fans with Patons Yarns and Patons Patterns

%d bloggers like this: