Now Christmas might only be 13 days away, but it’s never too late to add a little more festive jazz to your front door (if you haven’t already). While there are some amazingly creative wreaths out there, think brightly coloured baubles, painted feathers & pompoms. I must admit to preferring those that are a little more rustic and show off nature’s bounty at this time of year.
I’ve wanted to create my own wreath for several years, but it’s one of those things that I’d never got around to doing or thought I’d left it too late and instead just admired friend’s and neighbour’s ones from afar. I did toy with the idea of signing up for a workshop, but decided to save myself the £30/£40 and make one myself. I may well indulge for next year, as florists are always going to have a good selection of flora & some good tips to make an interesting wreath. But if you’re prepared to dry some flowers or pick up a few extra bits, yours could be just as jazzy and if you invest in a good willow/wire ring you can reuse it year after year without needing to pay anyone else a penny.
The hunt for a wreath ring turned out to be the hardest part, I knew I didn’t want an Oasis one (that nasty green plastic foam stuff that crumbles when you look at it & makes you itchy). But that’s all the local florists seem to stock. I managed to find a wicker one online at Wilko (click picture for link), but they didn’t have it in my local store.
When asking around, a friend suggested a just make one with bendy twine, so that’s exactly what I did …
Luckily for you, I also remembered to take pictures, so here’s my easy step by step guide:
What you will need:
- A pair of scissors or secateurs
- (Optional) An accompanying friend, dog or toddler
- A bag or a basket to carry home your flora
- Garden gloves (to protect your hands from spiky stuff)
- Selection of evergreen cuttings
- A few bendy stems or twigs (or a willow/wire wreath)
- String &/or floristry wire
- Christmas wreath door hanger
- Cup of tea & a mince pie, optional.
- Find a friend to go foraging with and head out into your local neighbourhood, park or garden to hunt down some green stuff. Don’t forget a bag or basket to put your natural decorations in, secateurs and garden gloves. look out for bendy branches/twine if making your own ring. Here’s some of our final haul:
- Find some bendy branches or twine. I used these green stems cut from our winter flowering Jasmine plant in the garden. Bend to form a circle and tie with pieces of string or florist wire (I didn’t have any florist wire initially so used small pieces of string).
- Take extra stems and weave them in and out of the circle you have made. Securing in place where necessary, but once you’ve weaved a few you’ll find they’ll secure themselves. Take a sip of tea and a bite of mince pie. Trim off any ends sticking out.
- Start layering your greenery on top of the wreath to see what works together. I used conifer as a base all the way around and then layered a few different textured and coloured evergreens around the circle. If you have some spare christmas tree trimmings, you could use that to make it more ‘bushy’. At this stage I was attempting to use unfolded paper clips to attach the branches as I didn’t have any floristry wire, this worked ok, but didn’t look great. luckily a quick trip to a friend’s house solved that (thanks Chella!). I didn’t fasten the branches too tightly as I wanted a few bits trailing to give a rustic feel. Continue drinking tea & eating mince pie …
- Add the final flourishes, or rearrange if you’re not happy with it. For a simple, but effective wreath, try and keep the colour scheme to one or two colours, in addition to the green.
- Add a sprig or two of holly and a ribbon and hang your wreath on the front door using a wreath hanger (or you could use a long ribbon). I cut a triangle out the ends of the ribbon to add a bit more detail, but it also looks good without.
So there you have it a simple yet effective Christmas wreath for next to nothing! It could also easily be done in a couple of hours. I’m quite proud of it for a first attempt and already have some ideas for next year …