We gardeners like to make the most of what comes to hand, don’t we? And if that leads to saving a few quid at the same time then it’s an added bonus, especially at this expensive time of year. So why not make your own Christmas wreath. A DIY wreath is shockingly easy – everything you need you can get from a good garden centre, hobby shop or florist supplemented with bits and pieces foraged from your own garden.
Be bold, channel your inner Sarah Raven and simply have a go!
What you will need to make your own Christmas wreath:
- A wooden or wire frame
- Floristry wire and short lengths of stiffer wire
- Creative chutzpah!
How to make your own Christmas wreath:
- Start off with wiring some moss onto the frame – common or garden moss will do, so if you’re a regular lawn scarifier, you should already have plenty! Wire it on by wrapping the wire around the moss and the frame together – don’t worry about seeing the wire as it will be covered by the time you’re finished.
- Next wire on the evergreen foliage. Use conifer such as Leylandii, juniper, holly or even off-cuts from the Christmas tree – anything green and Christmasssy will do. You might also want to add a backing material such as felt, fabric or insulation tape to the back of the frame at this point to safeguard your front door paintwork.
- Add dots and clumps of further foliage which has more interest such as blue Eucalyptus, variegated holly and gold splashed Aucuba – possibly one of the best uses for this I have ever found! You could go with a culinary theme and add rosemary and bay or get positively ‘hygge’ in the Scandinavian fashion with twiggy sprays of silver birch, pussy willow or bright red dogwood.
- Now you’re on to the pretty bits of making a Christmas wreath. As a general rule, aim to have about three to five loose groups of ‘interest’ and plan now where your ribbons are going – top, bottom or both. Dot around clusters of berries, either fake or real in the form of Rowan fruits, crab apples, holly or anything similar. Ivy berries are especially good for a natural rustic look.
- I’ve used flower heads from Hydrangeas, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and even Verbena bonariensis, as well as Poppy seed heads – give them a light spray with an ‘Antique Gold’ spray if they’re looking a bit dull. Go funky with grasses for a feathery look – you could even add a few pheasant feathers if you like!
- When you think you’ve just about finished, stand back and take a good look at your wreath. What is it missing? A handful of pine cones, bundles of cinnamon sticks and wired on clusters of dried apple or orange slices look fantastic as a finishing touch. You could add some Christmas baubles here although that maybe a touch too far! Instead I’d advise keeping it simple but colour co-ordinating your ribbon tastefully.
Now stand back and admire your handiwork! Have you made your own Christmas wreath – what have you used? Tell us about your efforts in the comments.