If you have access to a garden or a park then you can do this simple wreath and with some added touches you can make it as grand or as quaint as you like. Now to get things straight from the beginning and to cover my back, i am not advocating theft! However if you snip a few branches or leaves from a park shrub it won’t be missed and your probably doing the park wardens a favour by trimming their bush (no pun intended). The wreath can be really easy, you don’t need to be a florist to get an amazing effect. It is also considerably cheaper then buying a shop bought one especially if you use items you already have.
You will need:Depending on how much cash you have to splash, Wreath frame from a florist or a wire coat hanger. I used a cheap circular air dryer. Floral wire, wire, string or thread, once again use what you have to hand. I used string. Secateurs, A large bag full of leaves, I went for classic pine but you can pick whatever you can get your hands on. Extra bits and bobs for decoration. Ribbons, Holly, pine cones, cinnamon, baubles, flowers, use items that fit within your colour scheme and style. Our look is classic reds, gold and green.
1. First you need your base. If you have a ready made form or in my case a dryer (i removed all of the hanging clips) you don’t need to do anything else. If your using wire or a coat hanger you will have to form it in to a circle with several layers. The best way to do this is to wrap it around something circular like a sweet tin or even a a waste paper bin. Wind it around and secure, slip off your mold and you’ve got a basic form to use. Don’t worry if its not a perfect circle as you can shape branches into a circle
2. I found the best way to make the base of the wreath was to make several individual bundles by grouping together leafy twigs and binding the bottom with a string. As the dryer had gaps i could slot each bundle in between and then secure. I made 7 bundles but make as many as you need to cover the entire base.
3. Securing the base takes the most time, I did it with the back of the wreath facing me. First tie the bundles to your form near the base of each bundle. Secondly, Secure the first tie to the frame with some more string or wire, this will stop the bundles from moving around. Thirdly, i tied a few twigs from the top of each bundle that were nearest to the frame to secure the top part (Its hard to describe this part, so just keep securing so that your bundles don’t move about or flop down when you have it handing up.
4. Turn the wreath right side up. You will need to secure it further so the branches curve around the frame. Don’t worry if these last ties are exposed you can cover them with your decoration. You should now have a circle. Unless you are a florist/a perfectionist it won’t be perfect so use your secateurs to trim till you have the desired shape.
5. DECORATE! Here comes the fun bit but remember less is more. I used some Green holly with white edges and i managed to find some with berries finally! I also added in a golden cherub which i secured with thread and made two bundles of cinnamon sticks. I finished it off with a red bow to make the wreath a bit bigger above our mantel piece.
The only thing that cost me was the dryer which was £1.20, and i am sure you could find them even cheaper. I will definately use it again and now i have a ready made wreath form for years to come without the florist price tag if i had bought an actual one. The decorations we had in the house any way, the leaves from the garden, the holly from the park (i swear it was on the floor, just cleared it up *cough) and the string comes from the malt sacks i use in store.
I would love for people to share with me their creations, especially wreaths which i have a soft spot for so please send me any you make.