As Christmas approaches, festive spirit is all around! Trees are bedecked with fairy lights, gifts are wrapped beneath the tree and inside your house there is tinsel as far as the eye can see. But what about the garden?
As the frost settles, it is a hard task to spend any time in the garden without catching your death of cold! So why not bring the garden inside this Christmas? Here is our step by step guide to creating the perfect Christmas wreath!
This is the perfect Sunday activity! If your garden isn’t looking very plentiful, why not go on a wintery walk to collect your materials? When collecting, look out for complimenting colours and varying textures as these will look great next to each other on your wreath. We suggest you collect greenery such as: holly, ivy, pine, willow, dogwood, birch, hazel, bay and honeysuckle. Collect as much greenery as you can carry as no one wants a sparse wreath!
Bear in mind that as you are using natural materials, your wreath will not last for the entire festive season so plan your creation accordingly. If you plan to place it outside, i.e. on your front door, the wreath will last approximately 4-5 weeks however if you want your masterpiece to adorn your mantelpiece, take into consideration that if placed inside, it will likely only last 1 – 2 weeks.
How To Make A Christmas Wreath
You will need:
A wire coat hanger
Why not add:
Old Man’s Beard (Clematis vitalba)
Sprig of berries
- Bend coat hanger into a circle – this is your frame! The hook will make for the perfect way to hang your finished wreath!
- Cut your greenery into 8-10 cm lengths leaving around 2-3cm of the bottom of each stem bare. Separate the greenery into bunches.
- Lay a bundle of greenery onto the frame, with the more decorative stems on top. Wrap the florist’s wire around the base of the stems and wire frame 2-3 times until the bunch is secure, however do not cut the wire
- Add another bundle and wrap using the same wire. Continue this process around the frame until you reach your starting point where you can now cut the wire.
- This is the base of your wreath! Some people may prefer a plain and natural wreath in which case you can hang it straight up!
- If you’re looking for a little extra flair, you can now attach decorations to your wreath! Attach pine cones by wrapping florist’s wire around the base of the cone and nestling it into one of the greenery bunches and fastening with wire onto the frame. You can also attach sprigs of berries and cinnamon sticks in this way.
- To add a little more garden magic, collect some Old Man’s Beard (Clematis vitalba) and use the seed heads to decorate your wreath! Once attached spray the heads with a little hair spray to ensure they do not drop.
- Finish your wreath with a large ribbon fastened around the base of your frame! If you’re feeling super sparkly, add baubles or use a glitter spray to add a little extra shine!