Christmas Wreath Making
What did you do this weekend? If you were anything like me and 90% of my Instagram feed, 1st December was all the excuse you needed to press ‘go’ on Christmas and start making decorations or dressing your tree.
When I was little, my mum used to hang a wreath on our front door and I loved coming home to it. It just felt so festive and traditional. Now that I have my own front door (quite a big one!) and my own family, making a wreath is something I like to do myself to kick-off the festivities. So that’s exactly what I did this rainy Sunday afternoon.
Now, there are many different ways and methods to make a wreath, but this is how I like to do mine, which looks quite traditional. If you’re looking for a place to start, I always find that Pinterest is a great place for inspiration.
What you’ll need
- A wire frame
- Moss ring wreath
- Flowers (fresh or dried – depending on the look you’re opting for)
- Different textured foliage
- Pine cones
- Winter berries
- Cinnamon sticks
- Gardening gloves
- Scissors or Secateurs
This first step lives in the realm of the obvious, but I’ve forgotten to do it so many times and my hands have ended up a mess, so this is my reminder to get yourself some good gardening gloves to protect your hands, sharp and sturdy scissors or secateurs, twine to secure the foliage or flowers in place and prep your essentials.
Start with a wire frame for the base of your wreath. These are not too expensive, around £5, and can be found on Amazon. They can of course be reused too, so it’s worth the money.
Next I use a moss wreath ring which I attach to the wire frame with twine and then use this inner ring to start building out my foliage – tip here is to get your moss ring a few inches smaller than your wire frame, so you have room to build the wreath as you wish.
You can of course do this without the moss ring, but I find that it helps everything to stay in place and adds a bit more volume without having to go OTT on greenery. Again, Amazon is your friend here with 2 x 10” rings for £6.
Once you have both rings in place, the fun can begin. It’s entirely up to you what you use for your wreath but I like to go ‘traditional with a twist’ and add a base layer of hard wearing plants which smell amazing such as eucalyptus leaves, bunches of rosemary and sage, plus any other greenery which you might have poking about the garden, like magnolia leaves or boxwood stems.
Tease the base layer plants around the moss ring in sections and build until you’re satisfied that your wreath has enough festive oomph.
Once that’s in place – it’ll probably take between 30 minutes and one hour, depending on how practiced you are and how many times your small children insist on helping you *cough* – now is the time to get creative and start adding the decorative pieces. I like roses – either fresh or dried depending on the look you’re going for, cinnamon sticks to make it smell festive, a few pine cones, winter berries and thistles.
How the wreath looks when it’s complete is entirely up to you. Sometimes if I fancy a more festive than fresh smelling wreath I’ll pop in some cloves and dried orange slices, or add a bauble or two to mix things up.
To hang the wreath, simply tie a long piece of ribbon in a bow at what you think is the ‘top’ of your circle, remembering to leave a tail to hang it with and pin to your wall or door. You can pick up a ribbon from any haberdashery section such as the one in John Lewis.
Keep it lasting longer by spraying with water every week and pruning away leaves or replacing them when they start to look past their best
I’d love to see some of your own creations, so please tag me in your photos so I can take a peek.