APPASSIONATA SHOWS YOU HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS WREATH
Whether it’s to define your door as the most stylish on the street or maybe you just love showing off your own taste for the festive time, making your own wreath is definitely one of the most pleasant things to do to get the house ready for Christmas.
The key to your own beautiful individual wreath being truly wonderful is to be prepared. I am a great believer in using elements from your garden and surrounds as key elements in your wreath and there is nothing nicer than foraging your own foliage, cones, berries and more to deck your door. Otherwise, your local florist or garden centre will have lots of goodies to choose from if your garden does not have the bounty. Personally I love using lots of herbs and dried fruit and berries to add divine scent that says you are home once you enter your porch - a varied mix of foliage especially fragrant berried eucalyptus will also give you this hit. The best time to put your wreath up is about 2 weeks before the big day.
Here’s a list of great ingredients to use for your very own door wreath:
- A straw wreath base or foliaged ring
- Noble pine, foliage, berried twigs
- Skimmia plant
- Cinnamon, cones, eucalyptus pods
- Pepper berries
- Baby apples
- Dried oranges and apples
- Dried lavender, rosemary
- Dried hydrangea, thistle
- Gorgeous ribbon
A few tools to make the job much easier include:
- A good florist scissors
- German pins (available in all florists)
- Stub wires (available in all florists)
Before you start in haste, cover your table in newspaper as it will make the cleanup and whole lot easier.
Place a small jar beside you to place the short spare cuttings into.
Just like cooking, it’s a good idea to prep all the ingredients.
Cut the foliage to size and wire all your fruit and berries.
Place the straw or foliaged wreath on the table.
Turning the wreath clockwise, stick the pine and foliage into the base at a diagonal angle using the german pin.
This can be pushed deep into the base.
The most important thing with each step is that each element is firmly stuck so that nothing falls off as you run out the door in the morning.
Keep turning the wreath until you feel that it is full of all the mixed foliage you need. Mark where you would like to place your ribbon so that you have room to fix it on when you are finishing making your masterpiece.
Now for the fun stuff. I love to use skimmia for its vibrant colour. You can cut stems from a plant and again pin into the wreath base turning the wreath as you go.
Then add in the pepperberries , dried fruit and cones – a trick here is to use medium weight stub wires, twist them around the base of the fruit or cone to create a ‘stem’ with the wire which then can be stuck right into the wreath base.
Cinnamon can be bought in long form, cut into 3 lengths with a natty piece of twine or ribbon, wind stub wire and place where suits.
Ribbon – Choose ribbon to compliment your door colour, double it over and wind it around the top of the wreath with enough length left that you can make a gorgeous bow or tie your favourite know. I usually use twine and wire to hardfasten my wreath to my doorknocker so no gusts of wind or little hands can pull my favourite Christmas piece away from it’s home.
It’s a good idea to spray your wreath every few days with water just to keep the foliage and herbs fresh
Once your beautiful wreath is hanging by itself on your door, stand back and admire and be delighted in all you have just made & raise a glass to your amazing success....