Delighted to be sharing this festive inspiration piece to take you into the weekend. I made my very first Christmas Wreath last year and was the envy of my neighbours! What’s more they are relatively easy to make and so impressive.
Today I am joined by delightful luxury event planner and stylist Carol of Lily & Lavender Events, who recently hosted one of her sell-out Christmas Wreath workshops and has put together some tips exclusively for you to make your own this season.
Over to Carol for the details. Be inspired!
Images throughout by Alison Matthias
Over to Carol!
I just love Christmas time! Come December 1st, I have the cheesy Christmas songs on repeat (Nu Bride: me too to my husbands dismay) and completely deck the house in baubles and evergreens! It’s also the time I get to hosting my popular wreath making workshops which are so much fun and what’s better than making your own magical home-made wreath to welcome guests during the festive season?
I’ve made a few wreaths in my lifetime and I enjoy the process of starting with a wire frame and ending up with a fresh, fragrant adornment to enjoy for a few weeks over the holidays.
So to get started this is what you will need:
- Wire wreath frame (I use a 16 inch frame) – this can be sourced from any good florist.
- Sack moss (from your local garden centre or from shady spots on your lawn) – the moss keeps your wreath fresh for longer.
- Wire cutter
- Fine and stiff florist wire
- Green jute twine
- Fir branches/conifers, evergreens – these can be foraged or bought from your florist or garden centre
- Cinnamon sticks, berries, pine cones, dried orange and apple slices, ribbon and any other decorative items you would like to add to your wreath.
- Mulled wine or Prosecco (optional)
Step 1: Making the moss base
Tie the end of your twine (you can also florist wire) to the wire ring and grab a good handful of moss.
Place this over the wire ring – don’t scrimp on the moss, you want to have a healthy thick layer as this will form the base of your wreath – and then wrap the twine around the moss making sure it’s securely held in place.
Repeat this with each handful of moss and keep going over the top of the moss and back under until you’ve gone all the way around the wire base.
Step 2: Make a loop to hang your wreath
I like to do this before attaching the greenery as it’s useful to have a reference point and also less fiddly to do this at this stage rather than when your wreathed is fully decorated. Wrap a piece of stiff wire round your moss base and make a secure loop at the back of your moss base.
Step 3 – Attaching the greenery
Make small bunches of your fir branches/chosen greenery.
I cut mine to about 12-15 centimetre lengths as I love my wreaths to have body – I wouldn’t go below 10 centimetres though. You can tie your bunches together with the fine wire as it makes it easier to attach but you can also attach them straight on.
Lay your first bunch straight onto the moss base at a 45 degree angle and use stiff wire to attach it by wrapping it around the base. Repeat this step, laying the bunches diagonally over the stems of the last one (to cover the wires) – try to alternate the direction of your bunches (almost forming a V shape) i.e. with some stems pointing inwards and some pointing outwards – this will give you a beautiful, natural and full shape.
Step 4: Decorating your wreath
Make your selections and find gaps in your greenery to add your berries, cones, dried oranges etc.
Don’t be afraid to be creative regarding what you use – pine, eucalyptus, thistle, berries, bay leaves, laurel are all examples of the kinds of greenery you could use.
I attach these using the fine wire (long enough to wrap and secure at the back of the wreath), stiff wire or if it’s a hardy branch of say, Ilex berries, I just simply pierce the branch through the moss base making sure it’s firmly stuck in.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Always step back from your wreath and take a look to make sure you are achieving a cohesive design, also making reference to where your loop is positioned (i.e the top of your wreath). I also like to give it a good shake to make sure that it will stand up to the ‘door test’ – it should if you’ve attached your greenery and decorations firmly!
Here are a few completed wreaths from the lovely guests on one of my workshops last week – they were all so gorgeous and made by first timers!
Happy Wreath Making and a Merry Christmas to all!
Simply gorgeous! I’m off to attempt mine! Thank you for sharing your magic Carol!
If you would like to find out more about Lily & Lavendar and their forthcoming workshops, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Photography: Alison Matthias