Since I met the super talented florist Sarah Styles on holiday last October, I have been obsessed with wanting to make my own Christmas wreath. Not being able to get to one of her classes in Hungerford or be able find one locally in Surrey on the weekend, I decided there was nothing for it but to make my own!
So after watching multiple YouTube videos and studying Pinterest and getting myself all muddled, doing the thing I usually do which is to over think things, I decided to just go for it, and this is what it looked like and how I did it…!
If I have inspired you to get crafty this weekend, it’s honestly easier than you think, here’s my little guide! And please, if you are genuinely going to follow my guide, please have a read through before starting as you may think of a better way of doing it that suits you and materials you already have).
WHAT YOU NEED (as in all I used!)
- A base (choose either an oasis ring, a wire ring or like me a wicker wreath)
- A very full carrier bag of Foliage (I foraged mine taking some dark fern, evergreen and ivy from around the local woodland areas)
- Florist Wire (I bought mine for £1.50 from ebay)
- Wreath Decorations (but you could also use old baubles or spare decorations, or like me get some crafty bits to wire on)
- (option) Over the door hook – go to step 2
- (optional) Moss
- Time!! Took me about 60 mins
Step 1 – getting started
Take your ribbon in your hand, wrap it around your elbow and back in your hand and then cut (it needs to two forearms length you see), then tie a tight knot in it. Now take your ribbon and loop it to your wreath, making sure the knot is at the bottom. This is the handle for your wreath.
(optional) – now cover your wreath in moss and wire on, using the technique below, this gives you the option to water which might be advisable if making quite far in advance. I haven’t, but I’ll let you know how that turns out for me!
Step 2 – covering the base
Start covering your wreath in the evergreen. Think of this as like a clock. To create the wild effect I have, I decided on the length – e.g. the amount I wanted it to stick out by from the base, which again was just a bit shorter than a forearm length, and then placed the bunch with base of the stem at 12 o’clock. You then decide where to place your bunch, for me it was lying at 2 o clock, however you could do this at 1 o clock to make even wilder, or 3 o clock so lies flater against the base.
Then take the wire and secure around the first bunch stem with a tight knot, leaving the end of wire on the reel, do not cut. Now take another bunch, placing the base of the stem, tucked under the previous end of bunch at 2 o clock and lie it flat to 4 o clock. Take your florist wire and weave a loop around and around the base between the bunch stems to secure, leaving about 1.5 inches between each loop. Repeat this over and over keeping the wire tight and inserting bunches all the way around. Unlike string it won’t all unravel so don’t worry if you need to free your hands up while keeping the wire taught. Keep repeating until you’ve gone all the way around and back at the top so the stem at 10 o clock is overlapping 12 o clock.
Tip! if you want a more neater wreath then you could wire completely over the top of the bunch to keep the wreath compact to the base creating a neat bunched effect.
Step 3 – extra or contrasting foliage for a layered effect
You should now have a fully covered wreath and not be able to see your base, unless that’s the look you’re going for. You could stop now and decorate. I decided however to go back around again with the wire for extra security and this time instead of adding bunches of evergreen I added shorter single stems of Ivy with red berries more sparsely to create depth to the wreath. Once I had been all the way around again, tucking in any stray bunches I’d missed along the way I finally secured the wire with a double knot and cut to release the wire.
Step 4 – decorate!
The decorations I chose, in link above, came from Wilko, all under a £1 for a small pack each and came with wire already attached. If you are using your own pine cones and/or old xmas decs then take about a 3 inch length of florist wire, loop around or through the decoration and twist the ends together to create a stiff stem. Now start stabbing at your wreath looking for wire loops that you can hook your decorations on to and secure. Bringing it all together I added a large bow, also from Wilko, but you could do your own, to the base. and that was that, simple as.
Step 5 – hang it up!
Either by hammering a nail in your door or by purchasing an over the door hook, you now simply take your wreath and hang it up, using the sight at eye height to tidy up any loose bits that are poking out.
So there you have it, my Christmas wreath.
Thanks for reading and if you have a go PLEASE share with me your wreath here on on here. I’m thinking next year of getting organised and making these for some of my relatives as Christmas presents, and even getting a group of friends together to make them with mulled wine.
I really am LOVING Christmas this year.
As Sarah was the amazing inspiration behind my beginners attempt at a wreath, and her designs will show up any amateurish attempt like mine, please check out her website here. I’m at some point going to book myself one of her amazing courses and will be ordering her flowers for gifts online (she delivers nationally)
Inspirational Sarah has the best story and is a shiny example of how to follow your job of dreams when your current, hectic one is not giving you the work-life balance that justifies time away from your child. Sarah spent the precious hours while her son was at kids club, ordering the most beautiful Christmas decorations to make her client wreaths look super stylish (she was lying on a sun lounger at the time drinking rosé, so don’t feel too sorry for her 😉