With Christmas fast approaching, what better way to let neighbours know your feeling festive than proudly displaying a homemade wreath on your door? It really is quite simple. I’d never made a wreath before or even seen someone else making one and I’ve managed to throw together a handy little tutorial that will have you feeling like an expert in no time. Let’s get started.
You will need:
- a wreath hoop (I used this one)
- gardening wire
- dried oranges/ pine cones/ dried apple (optional)
I found it best to gather a mixture of foliage, I picked mine up from local florist Mark Howe who was able to advise me on what plants and branches would work. NB- you don’t want any of the stems to be too soft. Here’s what I used:
Skimmia for some colour, and Berried Eucalyptus for its sparse leafiness and because I love the smell.
Mimosa caught my eye because it had a soft denseness to it and I liked the grey tones whereas Pistachio was such a vibrant shade of green.
And finally Dried Oranges as I thought these would look so pretty against the green leaves and red berries and Pine because it is so wintery and it makes a great bass to cover the hoop.
STEP ONE | Cut your chosen greenery into shorter more manageable pieces. About 10-15cm depending on the size of your wreath.
STEP TWO | make small clusters including different types of foliage. Twist the stems together with the gardening wire so they are fixed in place.
STEP THREE | Fasten the cluster of greenery you just created to the wreath hope using more gardening wire
STEP FOUR | Start adding more clusters all laying the same direction as the first cluster you attached. If you find your bunches of greenery aren’t staying where you’d like them too, just add more gardening wire. Once you’ve finished you won’t be able to see it.
STEP FIVE | Keep adding more and more to your hoop until you have the desired effect. Now you can see why it’s nice to have different textures and shades in your wreath. It makes it more interesting to the eye. I found the pine and the mimosa the best for bulking out the wreath and to cover the wreath hoop. I also really liked the look of it with half of the hoop being naked.
An alternative way is to start by tying whatever greenery you chose which has the densest coverage (pine for me). This will give you a base, then either keep layering different foliage on top or then start adding the clusters I mentioned in step 2.
The oranges were great for adding pops of colour and for covering any spaces. You can really use whatever you want on your wreath, that’s the best bit about making your own. I had some leftover, coloured eucalyptus I didn’t know what to do with so I also ended up adding in some of that.
Now all that’s left is to hang your wreath! You can use a wreath hook but I opted for a ribbon.
Told you your neighbours would know you’re in the festive spirit!