If you still haven’t got a Christmas wreath (or table centrepiece) and fancy something original – you can try an easy DIY using a wreath base from a garden centre (a plain wreath made using fir tree cut offs).
I’ve made my own wreath for the past couple of years – the first year at a workshop where we made the entire wreath from scratch starting with a wire base and a lot of moss! It was hard going! The past two years I’ve made my own wreaths at home using bought bases and a set of embellishments that you can pick up from garden centres too or by using things I’ve had at home. I’ve had some friends over to make wreaths too and got the mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas Rocky Road out too.
This year I’ve gone for a fairly understated wreath with hydrangea heads from my garden, fake purple berries (use red ones though if you want more vibrancy) and copper baubles. I wanted to dry the hydrangea heads out properly to keep more colour but Andy dead headed them before I mentioned this to him. I made him retrieve them from the waste bin! They do look a bit dead now but I really wanted to use them.
What you’ll need:
- Wreath base (buy from a garden centre selling Christmas trees or from a florist).
- Decorations – I bought a pack from the garden centre with dried fruit and chillis, pine cones and cinnamon sticks in and also the purple fake berries which came with their own wire on (very handy). You can also use baubles and other tree decorations. Snow or glitter spray (or cake lustre spray!) can also be used.
- Wire – floristry or craft wire – about 3 times as much as you think you will need!
- Ribbon for hanging.
- Twine if you would like to add it to the decorations.
- Mulled wine and mince pies optional!
What to do:
- Start by laying out your decorations so you get an idea of what pattern you want and how many. Though you can always add / take away when you’ve finished.
- Add wire to the decorations (as shown below), twist to secure and attach them to the wreath, again twisting the wire to secure the decoration.
- If you are using cinnamon sticks then you can bundle them into threes and tie with wire and finish with twine or ribbon. Add some more wire to the back to secure the sticks to the wreath.
- Keep going until you are happy with your design.
- Finish with a spray of snow or glitter if using.
- Securely attach a ribbon so you can attach it to your door. We have a wooden door with a nail in for our wreath.
- And that’s it!
- You can also use this idea as a table centre piece with a vase inside with candles in. (Photo shown does not use a vase but you have to be really careful about not burning the foliage if not using a vase).
Have a lovely Christmas however you are celebrating – not long now!
This post was first published in December 2016.