There's something about wreaths; ever since I discovered rustic country decor, I've made them out of twigs to decorate my door.
Here's one that I made from things I found on my walk this morning; some red Arctostaphylos (usually it's green - otherwise known as Bear Berry or Kinnickinnick), the red Mahonia, or Oregon Grape which looks (and feels!) just like holly, and a few other items from my garden; some sprigs of Paxistima (Cliff Green, Rat Stripper or Dwarf Mountain Lover - take your pick) and a bit of my little struggling Bristlecone Pine.
Normally, I use smooth Red Osier Dogwood or some kind of willow for the base, but I spotted these lovely lichen covered twigs and decided to live on the edge for once.
Other supplies are a bit of wire - I used tie wire here, but you can use whatever you have as long as it's pliable, or even string.
The other things you'll need are a pair of needlenose pliers, and some pruners.
Collect all your materials and tools together - I work on a rustic table, out in the garden.
Look at that gorgeous lichen! Don't damage it - it's super fragile.
Twine the thin flexible branches together - the tension alone will keep them in place.
One or two circuits is usually enough for a base.
Cut a length of tie wire
Attach it to the wreath base
Mahonia shows lovely crimson color changes in the fall.
Paxistima myrsinites, or Rat Stripper is often used as a florists green in bouquets.
All kinds of native plants combine perfectly - normally with the twigs I use, they are almost hidden by the accent plants; in this case, I wanted the rustic lichen covered twigs to show.
Keep your eyes open for possible candidates for your rustic wreath; almost anything can be used as a base, and then your options are endless; seed pods, pine cones, evergreen sprigs, prunings from a tree or shrub...use your imagination to decorate your house or porch for the season.