A Christmas wreath is the perfect way to welcome visitors to your home over the festive season, setting the tone from the minute they approach your front door.
With only a simple list of equipment and foliage, it’s easy to make. It’s a classic, beautiful design, full of lush greenery and festive decorations. Of course, there is the option to buy a readymade wreath, but we believe it’s much more fun to create your own.
Most of the materials required should be available to buy at your local garden centre and you can also include some extra bits of foliage foraged from your garden or winter walks in the countryside.
Here are five simple steps on how to create your own wreath.
Materials required: a wire wreath ring (approx 25cm diameter), a spool of florists’ wire, secateurs or hardy scissors, foliage, flowers and decorations. We suggest using evergreens such as pine or spruce for the base, but holly, ivy, eucalyptus and bay make pretty additions.
To start forming your wreath, lay a small bundle of greenery on the frame and wrap your florist wire around the stems three times so that it is secure. Do not cut the wire as this will be used to secure the rest of the bundles. Here, we have used pine to form the base of the wreath.
Add another bundle of foliage, overlapping the previous one and wrap wire around the stems. As well as using pine, you could start to include some other leaves in the bundles to add more texture. Continue adding bundles until you reach the starting point and the metal frame is no longer visible.
When the base is completed, you can start to prune and personalise your design. Hold up the wreath and check for any areas that may need shaping or gaps which can be filled with leftover foliage. Then you can start to add decorative items such as pine cones, berries, dried citrus and cinnamon sticks.
Once you are happy with your final product, this can be hung and displayed. Hang your wreath on your door using wire or ribbon looped around the back of the wire frame, and stand back to admire your creation.
For more information on how Brighterkind homes are celebrating the festive season, click here to view our 2021 Christmas magazine