Deck the halls! There’s nothing quite like a beautiful wreath to really get your home looking and feeling festive. Once you’ve created the base, accessories the foliage to compliment your interior decor, pop up your Christmas, dress it with gorgeous glass baubles and decorations from our Christmas Barn at The Gardens and voila – your home has been transformed into a fabulous festive retreat!
As you know, we love all things green-fingered! So December is the perfect time for us to get creative with a little fresh foliage. You may have suitable plant materials in your back garden, so have a look for some winter greenery.
This season’s hottest interior trends are all about rustic materials from nature to inspire artisan decor – pine cones, berries and earthy hues are perfect for wreath making! Or, if glitz and glam is your thing, why not accessorise with metallic baubles ribbons? There are two ways to kick off your wreath. One involves attaching your materials to a wire frame, the other involves attaching them to a straw or foam base.
You Will Need
Your components will depend on how you would like your masterpiece to look. You’ll need a ring and some florist’s wire or fine garden wire. Plus the decorative bits – fresh or faux foliage, pine cones, seeds, ribbons, lights, faux fruits, baubles, tinsel and any other decorations you want to include.
How To Make Your Christmas Wreath
- First, decide on your design. Traditional wreaths harness lush hues from the winter forest. Think lovely burnt oranges, rich reds and the darkest, deepest greens, highlighted with gold, silver or bronze accents. Artificial poinsettia, silk roses, plastic berries and thick velvet ribbons often look great too. For a more contemporary look, try adding sparkly or metallic baubles and tree decorations, or perhaps swapping the natural foliage for fabric or paper.
- Now to make the base. You can buy a pre-made foam wire/ring, or a structure made from real spruce twigs. If you want to make your own, simply bend some thick garden wire or a metal coat hanger into a circular shape.
- Next, attach the stems of the flowers or foliage to the base using lightweight floristry/garden wire. Overlap them as you go to make sure there are no gaps – the coverage should be thick and even. If you need to re-shape as you go along, just use some twine or wire, which can be hidden by the decorative embellishment.
- Now comes the fun bit! Once you’ve made your wreath shape and it’s evenly covered, start adding decorations. Try making fancy bows from velvet or metallic ribbon and placing them around the wreath. Fill the gaps with faux fruit, cinnamon sticks, contrast coloured foliage, pine cones, baubles or mini festive decorations and secure them with garden wire. Tip – if you want to dangle decorative items, try using the wire to make discreet little hooks and loops.
- And finally, once your design is complete, trim off loose ends to finish.
A Little Help From Wynyard Hall
If you need a little help, why not look out for our seasonal floristry and wreath making workshops here. You can also buy stunning faux wreaths from our Christmas Barn and we’re proud to welcome Richard and Kelly from Carl Banks florist. Conveniently located in the Glasshouse just next to out Edible Garden, they are now open and taking orders for everything from Christmas wreaths and fresh table centrepieces to wedding, corporate and funeral arrangements.