Making a Christmas Wreath
You may have noticed lots of people making their own christmas wreath this year, especially if you are a social media whizz and are on Facebook, there has been a lovely trend this christmas to get crafty and build one for yourself.
With the beautiful countryside that surrounds us in the Cotwolds there is absolutely no need to buy a wreath, its such a lovely idea to go foraging outside and gather the materials to make you own.
So invite some friends over, get the mulled wine and mince pies in and get crafty with our guide to making a christmas wreath.
The first thing you’ll need to do is gather up your materials, you’ll need;
- wire wreath ring
- florists wires
- reel of florists wire
- wire cutters
- floristry scissors
- strong glue
- sphagnum moss
- conifer or evergreen branches
- wired ribbon
Once you’ve taken a stroll in the garden and a walk in the forest for materials then a visit to a garden centre for the remaining materials will do the job.
Securely attach the reel of wire to the wire ring; if it isn’t secure all the moss will fall out and your wreath just won’t work.
Place a handful of moss onto the ring and tightly wind the wire around the moss and ring, continue this until all the ring is covered in moss.
Secure the end of the wire to the ring making sure it is tight otherwise when you try and place the berries and evergreen branches into the moss it won’t be firm enough to hold the sprigs.
Next you’ll need to place in the greenery, either the conifer or evergreen branches. Cut off pieces of the branch and strip off the bottom few leaves to leave the ends bare.
Pop a couple of pieces together and wire them with the lengths of florists wire.
Bend the wire over to form a U-shape and twist one end around the stems and the second leg of the wire.
Push the wire into the moss and bend the greenery back on itself.
Repeat this until all the moss is covered with the greenery and your wreath is starting to take shape!
Now for the fun bit - decorating your christmas wreath to make it look exactly how you’d imagined.
You’ll hopefully have a good selection of berries from your garden or a local forest since they are around in abundance at this time of the year and include holly, cotoneaster, pyracantha, skimmia, ivy, crab apples, rosehips and hawthorn.
Cones also look great in a wreath and can be easily found outside.
Twigs covered in lichens can look really lovely in the christmas wreath too, as can attractive seed heads and dried flower heads which can be sprayed with a metallic paint to give them that really festive feel.
Have a play around with the wreath, if you feel its too leaf heavy compared to the decorations then remove some leaves and add more brightly coloured berries.
If you’d like to add cones to your christmas wreath then add these using glue rather than wire as when it rains the cones will close up and can sometimes fall out of the wire when doing this.
Now all you have to do is add some well proportioned bows and your christmas wreath is finished.
You will need a length of wire and some nice wired ribbon and just have a play around with the tail lengths and the ribbons themselves until they look perfect.
Hey presto! You have made your very own christmas wreath that will looks just beautiful on your door, now for that hard earner mince pie and mulled wine, well done.
We'd love to see your hard work and get some inspiration for our own wreaths so please take a picture and share it on our social media!