Making your own Festive Wreaths is not difficult. Here is our step by step guide:
- Choose which type of Wreath you would like to make. Natural Living Wreaths use materials such as pine trees stems, Christmas tree branches, conifer or Leylandii stems, holly stems and mistletoe which may also include berries. You can use almost any shrub to add colour to your Wreath. However, some with weaker stems will be much harder to use and push into the wreath meaning the risk of breaking and dehydrating will be much increased. Artificial Wreaths use silk or resin versions of the same plants but also incorporate decorative accessories such as resin bells and mini gift wrapped presents. Alternatively, you could make a Festive Wreath using the best of both types and mix the Natural and the Artificial features most like.
- Decide on your base. This can be a metal frame to which dampened Sphagnum Moss is added or a straw filled ring. The metal frame requires dampened Sphagnum Moss to be added and then entwined with Florist Wire to secure it to the base. The Moss should be at least one and a half inches (4cm) in thickness. If the moss is not dampened it will risk falling apart once it dries. In addition, it will not supply any hydration to Natural stems. The other option is to use a Straw Filled Ring that is pre-formed to the correct shape and thickness.
- Sketch out your design on paper. This is so that you know where each element of the design is going to go and that you know the quantity of materials you will require.
- Find the materials you will need. This will be your base (decided in step 2) florist wire, ribbon, the stems (Artificial or Natural) and accessories. There is nothing worse than stopping half way to go and get additional materials!
- Prepare your base. Natural rings covered in Sphagnum Moss should be sprayed with water from a mist sprayer. Straw filled Rings should be soaked in water prior to use. There is no need to do this if purely using Artificial foliage and accessories.
- Tie a looped ribbon to the top of the base ring. This will enable the Wreath to hang up once you have finished. Also as you are inserting the foliage and decorations you will be able to hang up you Wreath to check your design.
- Attach the florist wire to the base then attach the foliage. Then bunch together stems and foliage sprigs to cover the base. Make sure that the floristry wire is tensioned tightly so that the stems and decorations do not fall off of the Wreath once it is hung up. However, it the wire should not be tensioned so tightly that it breaks the natural stems depriving them of water. If using Natural stems, try to get the base of the stem to penetrate the Moss or Straw so that it can absorb water. This will prolong the freshness and lifetime of the Wreath. Ordinarily, this will be around three good sized stems or sprigs, one on top and one on the inside and outside edges. However, the quantity of stems will depend on the size of the stems you have available.
- Continue around the base until it is all covered. It is easiest if you work the foliage so that it is continually going on top of the existing attached bare stems of foliage on the base. Make sure that you continue to insert the accent colours and decorations are the correct intervals to fit your design.
- Finishing touches. Once you have finished check the overall design. You can trim the foliage if it is out of place too. In addition if you feel the design is too dull you can add brightly coloured decorations many of which can be pushed straight into the Wreath without the need for tying in with floristry wire.
- Hang up you finished Wreath and Enjoy! Also with natural Wreaths remember to mist with water every two to three days from the back so that the Moss or Straw can absorb the water enabling the stems to continue to hydrate and remain fresh.
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