Festive wreaths are an absolute delight to hang on your front door at Christmas time. If you haven’t yet found yourself a delightfully festive wreath for the front door, no problem, there is still time! Making your own wreath could be the perfect way to spend a Winter weekend.
With this step-by-step guide by Cowdray Estate’s resident florist, Karen Watson of This Floral Life you’ll be making a masterpiece in no time!
1. Start by making your own wreath base by finding some soft, pliable, long twiggy lengths of birch, willow whips, grapevine or similar. Simply bend into a circle and wind it around itself to secure, making it as thick as you need and using some fishing wire or string to tie it at intervals around the wreath. An old wire coat hanger can also make an excellent wreath base if you bend it into a circle and bend
the hanging hook into a secure loop on which to hang the wreath.
2. Collect some short lengths of strong evergreen foliage. Rosemary, eucalyptus, pine and ivy are all obvious candidates but also consider other foliage you might have in your garden such as thyme, camellia or bay to name a few. You’re looking for foliage with woody stems that will hold up well out of water so you can test other foliage you would like to use.
3. You’ll need texture and interest in your wreath so snip some lengths of berries and rose hips, seed heads and dried grasses if you have them in the garden. A woodland walk will open up all sorts of possibilities and my own favourite things to collect are larch branches with cones attached (there are always lots on the floor beneath a larch tree), heather, some lichen covered twigs from the woodland floor and the odd teasel.
4. Tie together mixed bundles of the foliage you’ve collected, leaving some longer than others as this creates a wild wreath and looks more natural. Use string or fishing wire to tie the bundles.
5. Using string or fishing wire tie the stems of your first bundle to the wreath base following the line of the circle. Position your next bundle to overlap the stems of the first bundle and continue around the wreath until the circle is complete.
6. Add a loop of string at the top to hang your wreath and a velvet ribbon in this years colours of mustard yellow, teal blue or caramel brown.
This wreath should last well for 2 to 3 weeks or more. As the foliage will dry out, a spritz of water now and again will keep it looking fresh. If you’ve run out of time to make a full wreath then a simple birch or larch twig wreath with some lengths of trailing ivy twisted around it or some rose hips attached and hung on a length of velvet ribbon will be a beautiful, simple alternative. Using all dried flowers, twigs and seed heads is also a beautiful modern way to make a wreath and one that you could bring inside after Christmas, they look fabulous hanging on a dark painted wall.
Tag us in your wreath photos on Instagram or Twitter – we’d love to see your creations!
Until next time…
Lots of love,