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How to make a Christmas wreath

You will need

  • Birch twigs, around 80cm in length
  • Wire
  • Floristry wire or string
  • A selection of evergreen foliage such as ivy, yew and box
  • Lichen-covered twigs
  • Wild rose hips, berries or cones
Do it: late-November - December
Takes just: one hour

Overview

A Christmas wreath is a cheery signal of seasonal celebration. Making your own is no more taxing than wrapping presents and all you need are materials and ingredients that you can find in your own garden.

There's an abundance of plant material in winter that’s perfect for making a wreath, from the red berries of hawthorn and pyracantha to the tawny hues of last summer’s seedheads. You can make a simple wreath from bundles of twigs pruned from your garden, or from the colourful stems of willow or dogwood.

To make this Christmas wreath, we used a birch twig hoop. These make a great base for wreaths – birch stems are strong and supple, and it’s easy to insert decorative material in the gaps. Birch twigs can easily be found – just be sure to ask the land owners’ permission and only take what you need. Alternatively, source from a florist. Another option is to use florists’ foam. Before using, leave it in a dish of water until it’s thoroughly soaked.

This wreath is adorned with yew, box and ivy, some lichen-encrusted elder stems, pyracantha berries and crab apples. It costs very little to put together and should last for the whole festive season.



How to do it

Combining birch twigs

1

Lay two or three 80cm twigs lengthways and twist them around each other. Add more twigs, avoiding the very whippy growth towards the ends.


Tying birch twigs into a circle

2

Once you have the right length and thickness for your Christmas wreath, tie the birch twigs into a circle with wire. This will form the base of your wreath.


Attaching string for hanging a Christmas wreath

3

Attach a hoop of wire or string for hanging the wreath. This is best done now, as it’s harder to do when you’ve finished.


Arranging base layer of plants on a Christmas wreath

4

Arrange your base layer of evergreens, building it up thickly by sticking it into the twigs. You might need to secure the foliage with floristry wire or string.


Building up layers of plants on a Christmas wreath

5

Embellish with decorative material such as rose hips, sprays of berries or cones, either pushing them into the twigs or securing with wire where necessary.




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vermick 15/12/2011 at 22:12

im going to show this to my husband hes the one who does the creative things will be makeing them im sure