Sunday, 14 December 2014

How To: Make Your Own Christmas Wreath

You have found the perfect tree, hung the mistletoe, strung up fairy lights everywhere and anywhere but you feel as though something is missing.... enter your handmade wreath! Making a Christmas wreath is so easy and adds a little holiday cheer to your front door or wherever you choose to hang it! It has become somewhat of a tradition for me to make one. Off into the garden I go wielding a pair of old secateurs, a large wicker basket and a healthy dose of festive spirit! I then proceed to cut down any foliage that looks remotely Christmassy (I always end up with far too much) and then organise it all into nice little piles once inside and warm again! 

Now, there are probably more professional ways to do this - I am certainly no florist, but this way is easy and you should have everything you need to get started.

What you will need:


Wire cutters


2 metal coat hangers



1. Collect your Foliage
The very first thing you will need to do is wrap up warm and go into your garden (or local woods) and cut down some nice festive foliage!

2. Make a Frame
Now it many not be high tech but the humble coat hanger really comes into its own here! The shape is perfect and comes with an in-built hook for you to hang your masterpiece! Bend 2 coat hangers into a circular shape and then overlap them slightly. Get some garden wire and wrap it around the two loosely, fastening at the top so it’s nice and sturdy.  


3.  Attach the stems and decorations
Now comes the fun bit! To build your wreath start poking in a base of foliage, you can go for anything - fir, bracon, spruce, it really doesn't matter! Once you have a nice base all over start adding some festive touches. I am a fan of holly leaves and anything that has red berries! I also like to cut down some teasel heads and attach them too. You could spray yours silver / gold to make it even more beautiful.

4. Time to adorn your front door or even a bare wall

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