Happy Advent, everyone. I hope you enjoyed my first festive DIY with John Lewis Edinburgh last Saturday, so without further ado here’s my second – remember to check back each Saturday of Advent for more Christmas crafternoons! John Lewis have a range of different natural-effect wreath bases that you can customise with as much (or little!) as you want. You can use and adapt them year after year – I’ve wanted to make my own festive wreath for ages, and now I’ve seen how easy it is with a pre-prepared base, I’m going to make it a seasonal tradition. The cost of the base is a one-off and the foliage was free (from my parents’ garden!). To make the wreath, you will need:
Florist’s twine or craft wire in a dark colour
Foliage (foraged or from a florist – I bet lots of places will be giving away off-cuts at this time of year)
Ribbon to hang the wreath (I went for dark green to match the front door)
Decorations (pre-made or berries!)
I started by gathering a variety of different evergreen foliage. I wanted my wreath to be quite rustic, so went with a more natural-looking wreath base for if there were any gaps. Layer your pine branches (or the bushiest pieces of foliage) around the ring, using small pieces of wire to fasten each branch. Experiment with different colours and shades in your foliage and play around until you’re happy with it.
Keep building up the foliage until you’re pleased with the shape and thickness of the wreath.
Then you can add some decorations – John Lewis have lots of different festive picks, dried fruit, wee robbins and all sorts!
I decorated my wreath with holly around the bottom and attached a lovely sparkly forest green ribbon to the back of the wreath for hanging purposes.
Stand back and admire your handiwork!
What are you crafting this Christmastime? Have you made a wreath before?
Crafting materials c/o John Lewis but love of Christmas DIY entirely my own!