Time for another DIY and it’s a festive one. I recently mentioned in my tea cup posy tutorial that each year I make my own Christmas wreath – now I’m going to show you how to make one! It’s a simple and cheap tutorial, the kind often found on daisychains and dreamers, with most of the components probably already in your house and garden!
Ready for some foraging in the forest (or garden)? Grab some scissors and cut some branches of foliage – I used Yew and Cedar, along with some sprigs of holly. Gather up some fir cones and cut some red ribbon or use a ready-made bow. Tip: Leave the fir cones to dry in a warm place, such as an airing cupboard, so they dry out and open up.
Bend a wire coat hanger into a circle. Place a thick branch of foliage (Yew) around the circle, wrapping thin to medium wire around to secure, about every couple of inches – this doesn’t need to be neat or too tight as you will use this wire to secure the rest of your foliage too.
Break off smaller pieces of your second foliage (Cedar) and poke into the coiled wire from step 1, arranging evenly around the wreath. Continue to add foliage until you are happy with the shape and size of your wreath.
Add the sprigs of holly around the wreath, again tucking into the wire. Tip: Cut a small length of wire to secure your holly if struggling to secure into the existing wire.
Twist a length of wire around a fir cone and secure to the wreath. Repeat to add more cones.
Finally, tie a bow from wide satin ribbon and thread a length of wire through the back of the knot. Wrap the wire around the bottom of the wreath to secure.
It really is that simple and you can continue to mould and sculpt the wreath throughout the making, adding bits of foliage here and there, tweaking until you are happy. I even gave my wreath a haircut at the end to finesse! Let me know if you make one!