Making A Christmas
A step-by-step guide on making a beautiful and stylish Christmas Wreath with the guidance of local floral artist, Amelia Cornish.
A wreath making project
I always hang a wreath on my door at Christmas. They look so beautiful and traditional, and furthermore, it marks the start of the festive season.
Rather than buying a pre-made version, I wanted to have a go at making my own this year. With a bit of research, I found a great local Floral Artist, Amelia Cornish, who offered wreath-making tuition.
I collected a pre-made base wreath of Christmas fern from Amelia. It has a moss backing that helps keep moisture in, and is the blank starting point for adding and decorating with your own adornments.
I also selected a mixture of foliage, flowers, berries and dried flowers that I wanted to use, along with a beautiful velvet ribbon. Amelia made sure everything I chose would sit well together on the wreath and that the colours looked good together.
Now I was ready to start building my wreath!
A step-by-step guide…
How to start building up the basics on your Christmas Wreath
Start off by laying out all your foliage and decorations in neat piles so you can see what you have. Make sure you have a pair of scissors or shears, some dark green florists wire and a glue gun. Now you’re ready to assemble your wreath!
Lay out all your foliage and organise it into clear sections so you can easily get to what you need.
Start to build the outside of the wreath. Make a small posy of your chosen foliage. You will need to make a number of these to go all around the outside of your wreath. I made 9 in total.
Secure each small posy with a piece of florists wire. Make sure the wire is long enough so that you have a good length remaining at each end to secure it to the wreath.
Use the remaining length of wire to secure your posy onto the outside of your wreath. Wrap the wire around and secure it at the back of the wreath where you won’t see it. Continue to add in each section until you have completed the entire outside of the wreath.
Now add your bow. Choose your ribbon and tie around either the top or bottom of your wreath depending on how you like it to look.
Add foliage and flowers onto the front of your wreath. You can do this with individual items or with small posies again. As before, attach using a long piece of florist’s wire that can wrap around the wreath and secure the items in place.
Time to glue on any remaining decorations. I use the glue gun for any small bits that are difficult to wire in, such as the dried flower heads, I find the peppercorn berries dangle downwards and fall off too, so these I also glue in place.
Now you are ready to hang your wreath!