Negaunee floral shop shares expert tips for homemade wreath making

Check out Samara Floral Co’s holiday offerings on Upper Michigan Today episode 159
Shailah Pelto is offering wreaths three ways this holiday season: make-your-own workshops,...
Shailah Pelto is offering wreaths three ways this holiday season: make-your-own workshops, pre-made at the Holiday art sale, or pre-order on
Published: Nov. 10, 2022 at 10:56 AM EST
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And Upper Michigan Today is getting an early start on holiday decorating.

Shailah Pelto of Samara Floral Co is Negaunee’s “wreath queen”, according to many of her customers.

Pelto says that making your own wreaths is a fun way to decorate for the holidays while getting in tune with the nature around you.

She starts with a copper ring she gets from a home improvement store.

White pine, balsam fir, and cedar greens are excellent (and fragrant) wreath bases.

Shailah Pelto of Samara Floral Co. says white pine, balsam fir, and cedar greens are great for wreath making.

You can forage your yard for berries, pinecones, and other accents.

Green wire wrap or clear hot glue are the best options for piecing your wreath around your ring base.

Spruce up your home for the holidays with a homemade wreath. Shailah Pelto of Samara Floral Co. shares tips for making your own.

If you want assistance making a wreath, you can attend a Samara Floral Co workshop on November 16 at 5:30 p.m., reserve your spot on

If purchasing a professionally-made wreath is more your style, you can pre-order a wreath on Pelto’s website, or visit the Holiday Art Sale on Saturday at the Marquette Regional History Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Samara Floral Co. is offering wreath-making workshops, but if you don't want to get crafty, you can pre-order a fully made wreath on

Pelto anticipates selling out of her wreaths at this Saturday’s sale, so arrive early if you want to take one home with you that day.

Samara Floral Co is located at 415 Iron St. in Negaunee.

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