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How to make a Christmas wreath


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Follow Rachel de Thame's step-by-step video guide to making a Christmas wreath, using plant material gathered from around the garden, such as camellia leaves and berrying ivy.


Do it: December



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rockhen 13/12/2012 at 19:18

Stunning, but looks a bit expensive. I use the same mossed base every year, just with bits from the garden. Variegated holly and pittosporum are effective, just finished with a red ribbon.

Lilylouise 14/12/2012 at 05:56

Lovely!!

I always make a swag type thingy for our front door

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f350/streptocarpus/arrangements004-1.jpg

 It is made in one of these

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f350/streptocarpus/arrangements001.jpg

 This is a decoration for the dining table

I use foliage from the garden and other bits and bobs

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f350/streptocarpus/arrangements015.jpg

 Pam LL x

flowering rose 14/12/2012 at 16:30

well that is really clever,like it,only wish I could do that.you must have an artistic mind.

DianaW 06/12/2013 at 12:34

Sorry to see Rachel using wire frames and sphagnum moss as a base for her wreath.
It's easy to make a basic wreath just from recently-cut ivy, wound around itself into a circle. Start with a piece at least 4 feet long, overlap the ends to make a ring about 1 foot in diameter and twine them around the ring. Then gently wind another length around it and so on, tucking the ends into the existing wreath and trying not to trap leaves under the twined stems. About 10 layers will make a stable ring which can be decorated with other greenery, ribbons and/or spare Christmas tree decorations.
The leaves will stay fresh all through the festive season but dry out eventually, so the leafless wreath can be reused in future years as a base for other evergreens.

Weyplotter 06/12/2013 at 20:40

Hi everyone

Having never made a wreath before, Diana you make it sound doable so I will have ago tomorrow. I'm looking forward to searching the garden to do some art and craft!

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