How to Craft a Wild Christmas Wreath
Representing eternal life and prosperity with its circle shape and proliferant green leaves, a Christmas wreath is a wonderful way to decorate your home and ring in the festive season. A cheering sight for visitors and a nod to the age old tradition of preserving the last of the year’s fresh greenery from the cold climes of winter, a homemade wreath is easier to make than you might think.
Begin by simply gathering your favourite greenery, either from your local florist, your garden or whilst on a bracing winter walk. We’ve opted for sprays of evergreen pine and conifer, pale-green eucalyptus, asparagus fern and birch twigs. Some of these we’ve sprayed with a metallic sheen and dipped others in bright pink paint. Depending on your preference, you can experiment and have a bit of fun with bright colours and metallics, or opt for a more traditional palette of red berries and deep-green leaves.
Work your way round the hoop until you have secured every bunch. Then, depending on how wild and organic you’d like your wreath to look, gently coax the bunches around the hoop so they begin to flow in the same direction. Fasten each piece to the bunch beneath it, or the wire beneath that to create a more cohesive wreath shape. Using green wire helps to camouflage your fastenings.
Tuck and snip any long pieces of wire using the wire cutters as you go, and use the scissors to trim any stems or rogue pieces of greenery. Finally, use the remaining lengths of wire to add your final touches, tying loose stems together or ensuring the wreath flows in a perfect circle.
To finish, tie a length of ribbon or twine to any point on your wreath in order to hang it on your door, wall or in a window. If you like, you can add hanging ribbons, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, glitter or anything that takes your fancy to make this festive creation your own.