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For 4 years now I have been making my own wreath for our front door. Why? Because I couldn’t find one I really liked in the shops, the ‘non-real’ ones look, well… non real and the real ones are all so uniform and perfect that they don’t look real either plus some of them were £50 and I still didn’t like them. So inspired by Kirsty Allsop off the telly, I decided to have a go at making my own and now its become a bit of a tradition in our house.
So if you want to have a go yourself it’s really quite easy, much cheaper and the results are great but be warned you will get very sticky, sappy hands, sore fingers, damaged nails, pricked several times by the holly and you will get the odd bug walking across your table!
Here’s what you’ll need: A ring of some sort, you can get them from Hobbycraft or online, you can get wire ones, rattan, moss covered foam. I think mine is made from grapevines and is still going strong after 4 years. A pack of florist wires, again I re-use them year after year. You will also need some way of attaching it to your door. I use a big red ribbon which gets tied to the door knocker. A pair of garden clippers or good scissors and some newspaper to protect your table.
Next is the fun bit, you need to go out foraging in the woods, preferably on a crisp dry day. On the heath they cut down loads of trees every winter and leave them for you to take – free Christmas trees, there is loads right now but some are a bit scrawny. Here’s what we collected on a half hour dog walk.
You need to try and find as many varieties of Pine and Fir trees as you can. The one on the left is from our Christmas tree. Try to find bits with the cones still attached as it makes life easier. In my opinion, holly with berries on is a must but some years this has been hard to find but seems to be in abundance this year.
These are always just lying on the floor but give them a good shake to get any crawlies out.
You can also use cones and small sticks to add interest.
Now to assemble, take a few of your assorted bits and twist a florist wire around the stems about an inch from the bottom to make small bundles. Once you’ve made a few bundles, start attaching them to the ring using the wire that you have attached to the bundles. Start near the top of the ring and work down, overlapping each bundle to hide the stems and wires. You don’t want to make the bundles too uniform but the ring does need to be reasonably symmetrical. Do a few each side until they meet at the bottom.
Once you have initially covered the ring, hold it up against a door. You will immediately see if there are any gaps and if any parts need more wires to secure them. Lay the wreath back on the table and add more foliage and wires where necessary. Its also at this point that you can add extra decoration with cinnamon sticks, drift wood, cones etc as the wire you use to secure them can also help secure the bundles at little better.
This is my finished wreath.
Pictures: Diane Hudson