Christmas isn’t Christmas if not for the beautiful and decadent knick knacks we have grown accustomed to making and celebrating. So we thought we would deck our own halls with boughs of Holly, and bring you a DIY Christmas Wreath tutorial!
Thanks to our favourite florist Wilde Flora, this season’s wreath is unique and beautiful in so many ways. And the best bit about a handmade wreath is that you can alter the process to however will suit you.
Keep in mind you can source all of these products from any local florist and hardware store. You don’t have to over-indulge and spend a lot of money to make something beautiful.
Remember, the fresher the better!
Start by twisting fresh Corkscrew Willow into a circular shape, one piece at a time, fixing the two ends together wherever they meet, with wire or twine. Any other type of flexible branches are also suitable, so long as they dry out well.
Ideally, allow your wreath frame to dry out by laying it flat on the ground for a few days. This will help it to hold its shape when applying the heavier materials.
Use botanical materials that will hold their shape and some colour when they dry out – such as nuts, seedpods, pine or spruce foliage and Australian natives such as banksias, wax flower and eucalyptus. Alternatively, if your wreath is for a short term occasion, you can use fresh, softer flowers. These soft flowers can be wired and parafilmed at the ends (see our Flower Crow How-To for wiring details) or put in water viles to help them retain moisture.
Start by applying the foliage to your wreath first. Cut smaller lengths and remove the bottom leaves, so that you will be able to easily weave the stem through the willow. Work in one direction (clockwise or anti-clockwise) overlapping the foliage to hide the ends of the stems. Fix the foliage with wire or twine if necessary, however some pieces may be secured enough by the willow.
Using different types of foliage creates interesting textures.
Next add your flowers and other materials, saving your feature materials for last.
Lastly, look at your wreath from a distance and see whether there are any gaps that need filling with flowers and foliage.
And voila, your unique and handmade Christmas wreath is finished!
Side note: when the Xmas season is over, remove the flowers and foliage and save your dried willow circle for next year!
Thank you to our beautiful friends at @wilde.flora for creating this DIY installment!
Merry Christmas ladies,
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