I created a festive wreath this evening in a fun 2-hour session. It was such a lovely way to start the week!
Start with a florists oasis ring that has been soaked in water for about 10 minutes prior to use. This helps the foliage stays fresh for longer.
I started with some cheap and cheerful Salal which bulks out the wreath. Working in a clockwise direction trim the stalks on an angle so it can be inserted into the oasis much easier. I also angled the stalks around the wreath.
Next was a bunch of baby blue Eucalyptus which smells amazing. Longer stems can be trimmed down by snipping just after the leaf. Again I worked my way around the wreath adding stems at regular intervals.
The wreath was starting to look quite festive already at this point but it needed another green texture in the form of Norway Spruce (the same type as the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree). This densely packed pine also has a beautiful scent. To add sections of these into the wreath, pull away the needles at the bottom of your selected branch and trim the stalk at an angle. Insert into the wreath at regular intervals.
A lighter evergreen was introduced in the form of a bright limey-green Conifer which added a little contrast to the blue-greens of the other foliage.
The finishing touches to the wreath added a festive vibe using pine cones, cinnamon sticks, lotus heads and small Christmas baubles. These were all attached by using floristry wire. It takes a little patience to attach the wire to the decorations but once you get the knack it's really fun to play around with the placement of these accent features. There doesn't seem to be any set rules for creating this type of arrangement but it has been often said about flower arranging that using odd numbers of 3, 5 and 7 has visual balance.
Overall, I am very happy with my festive wreath and it wasn't too expensive for a fresh arrangement.
Here are some links if you want to make your own:
- Wilko's Oasis Wreath £3.50
- Wilko's Rustic Glow Baubles 50pk £5.00
- Fresh Eucalyptus Leaves £4.00
- Norway Spruce branches £2.79
- Bag of medium pine cones £1.00
- Cinnamon Sticks £1.00
- Lotus Heads 20pk £2.99
Total cost = (approx) £20.00
When you consider the cost of ready-made wreaths in high street shops and florists (£30 - £50) this is a fun and economical way to start the festive season.