Ace Bristol florist Rachel Husband, of The Rose Shed at Paintworks, shows us how to create our very own wreath in time for Christmas
You will need:
- Wreath ring frame
- Fresh moss, mixed winter foliage from a florist – or alternatively, you can use garden cuttings
- Festive accessories – anything from pine cones and twigs to baubles, fruit slices and ribbon
- Reel wire and wire lengths
Secure the start of your reel wire to the wire frame by winding it round a couple of times and twisting around one of the copper wires. Gather a handful of your moss and place onto the top of the wire frame, continue to wrap your reel wire around the moss, securing it tightly to the frame. Keep adding handfuls of moss to the wire frame, and wiring around to keep in place. When you finish mossing, go over the wreath with another cycle of wire to make sure the moss is secured.
Cut the larger foliage branches into smaller sections. Cut smaller sprigs around 15cm and layer them up in a small bunch, tightly wrapping the wire around the stems three times, so the bunch is secure on the moss. Blue spruce is tough so add this at the base, then the daintier foliage such as the eucalyptus on top, so you don’t squash it. Add in any twigs at this stage too. After you have wired the first bunch, place another bunch over the stems of the first, and again secure with three wraps of wire. Keep going along the wreath, covering the whole moss frame.
The last foliage bunch should sit neatly under the first, covering all of the moss – so your finished wreath should look something like this. Feel free to go for more of a wild, rustic look, or go larger – each wreath is unique. To finish off the wire, wrap it around the last bunch a few times, and bring back through itself to secure tightly – then cut the wire and push it back up into the moss.
Choose your decorations and place them on top of the wreath to get the look you want – that way you can tweak the design before finally wiring. Clusters work well – pairs of cones or orange/apple slices. (Push the wire through your fruit slices, bend through and twist to secure.) Spread them out evenly, or group them. Leave space for a bow if you like. Other nice ideas are whole limes, feathers, cinnamon sticks. With the cinnamon, push the wire behind the raffia then push the decoration through the foliage and moss base – twist to another wire to secure, then push the ends of the wire back and up into the base of the wreath.
Keep adding decorations, finish your design with a ribbon of your choice and there you have it, your very own handmade door wreath!
• Rachel is hosting workshops on 8 December at 7pm and 10 December 10 at 10am and 2pm; contact firstname.lastname@example.org