Christmas is coming – it’s time to make a festive wreath

a good morning's work making Christmas wreaths at Hartley Farm

a good morning’s work making Christmas wreaths at Hartley Farm

We’ve been busy running wreath making workshops this week with Young Bloomscreating beautiful, fragrant festive wreaths to deck front doors all over Winsley and Bradford on Avon.

If you fancy having a go at crafting your own, but can’t make it up to the workshop then this post is just the thing for you. Follow our step by step instructions and you’ll soon be decking your own front door with a beautiful circle of fragrant, festive foliage and berries,

Here’s how….

Use a wire frame which can easily be sourced online or from garden centres with a florist’s section. Tie a long string hanger on the wire before you start so that you can hang it from your door. Then it’s time for ‘mossing up’.

This is the process of securing a moss base around the whole circle of wire. Use moss from a lawn or purchased from a florist wholesaler. Take a handful of moss at a time, place it on the wire ring and and wind string round quite tightly to secure it. Do this until you have a complete circle of moss. The moss provides a nice base for the foliage and gives the wreath a better shape and a natural look.

build onto a mossed wire ring

build onto a mossed wire ring

To decorate your wreath you need some bundles of evergreen foliage. Pine, berried ivy, even leylandii are all good to use. Snip all the foliage into similar sized stems. Strip the bottom of the stems of leaves and gather a selection together into a  tiny bundle. The bundles should slightly overlap the frame to give a full, abundant look.

build bundles of foliage round  your mossed circle

build bundles of foliage round your mossed circle

Secure each bundle onto your mossed base, pulling the string quite tight or securing with metal pins and laying each bundle over the stems of the previous bundle. When you reach the end, lift up the first bundle and secure the final one underneath the first to give a cohesive look, which stays nicely in place.

snip off anything too long which spoils the shape

snip off anything too long which spoils the shape

Decorate further with pinecones, a big bow, bundles of chillis, orange slices, cinnamon sticks – all of which can be wired in quite easily. The choice is yours.

a cheerful welcome for all your Christmas guests

a cheerful welcome for all your Christmas guests

And if all of this sounds like a lot of work, for which you have little time, don’t forget you can pop up to Young Blooms and order seasonal wreaths, table arrangements and bouquets. Let us do the work so you can have a fabulously fragrant, beautiful and stress-free Christmas.