Wreath-making – a step-by-step guideMonday 5th December 2022
Sara has put together this easy, step-by-step guide to making your own wreath, using greenery and berries found in your garden.
Basic greenery – any evergreen with smallish leaves
Conifer – any can be used; Leylandii, Golden Cyprus, Thuja Plicata
Holly – green, variegated, yellow berried varieties
Skimmia jap. ‘Nymans’ – need male plant to produce berries on female plant
Cornus – for coloured stems
Cotoneaster – larger berried varieties
Crataegus laevigata ‘Carrierei’
Euonymus myrianthus – evergreen with yellow fruits
Euonymus europaeus – good autumn colour with pink fruits
Punica granatum– Pomegranate
Aronia mel. ‘Autumn Magic’ – black fruits
Sarcococca – both red (ruscifolia) and black (confusa) berried
Cornus and salix stems – coloured stems
Hazel – Corylus avellana
Contorted Hazel – Corylus avellana contorta
Sorbus – red, orange, pink or white berries
Euonymus – evergreen varieties
Callistemon – Bottle brush
Orange slices, cinnamon, ribbon
Other useful shrubs to have for Christmas
Osmanthus heterophyllus – evergreen and scented
Daphne evergreen/semi evergreen scented
Lonicera fragrantissima – deciduous but scented
Sarcococca – fantastic evergreen scented lasts forever
Arbutus unedo – strawberry tree – pretty drooping flowers
Mahonia x m ‘Charity’ or other winter flowering vars
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’ – scented Winter flowering
A Wreath in Six Easy Steps
1. Collect up all you need:
- Wreath frame
- Reel thin floral wire
- Moss or alternative
- Green foliage
- Accessories e.g. pine cones, bows
2. Moss up your frame (you can use newspaper or hay or moss raked out of your garden) this will keep the foliage in good condition and prevent it from drying out. Tie the wire to the frame and go round and round securing the moss inside the frame. This should create a tight round generously-filled circle as a base to wire your greenery onto (keep wire attached and put to one side).
3. Prepare your greenery and berries and snip them up into short stemmed sections 4” (10cm long). These you will bunch together and tie into the frame but do not worry, they do not need to be perfect. You will need more than you think.
4. Start to assemble the wreath. Lay your bunch of greenery onto the moss and wire in tightly, make sure you keep going in the same direction. Collect the next bunch together, lay this on top of the first slightly to one side and wire in tightly make sure your wire is over the stems and not the green foliage. Keep going in the same direction, you will see the wreath starting to take shape. Continue until the wreath is completed, then tie off the wire to the frame to secure.
5. A wreath should be round with a empty centre. You can prune out any wispy parts at this stage and, with short lengths of wire, wire in cones, orange segments whatever else you like. Secure a separate wire to hang the wreath from and tie a bow to finish.
6. To keep your wreath in good condition, mist with water or leave in the rain to keep the moisture in the base which will keep the greenery in good condition.
Have fun and enjoy your creations.
What you need to get started Cover your wire circle with moss Make small bunches of greenery
Wire the bunches to the circle Keep adding the bunches The finished wreath< Back to Monthly Blog