A wreath is for life, not just for Christmas. Wreaths are a lovely addition to the home throughout the seasons, adding textural interest with nature finds that can be updated as the months pass. The surrounding scenery on our recent trip to Guardswell Farm was breathtaking – and I wanted to preserve just a wee bit of it to remind me of our time there. A local forage later and I had made a quad of wreaths from my humble gatherings: here’s how to make an Autumn wreath.
First, gather some materials. Remember to forage responsibly! Look for interesting shapes, colours and textures. I like my designs to be led by what I find – that’s half the fun. Aim to collect younger twigs for the base as they bend more easily, but the rest is up to you!
You will need:
Long, bendy twigs (the number depends on the size/ thickness of the wreath you want to make)
Foraging finds, to decorate.
1) Form the base by curving your largest twig around to make a frame. Ensure the ends overlap a little and secure in place firmly with floristry wire. Don’t worry if your base is a little wonky – you will shape it into a better circle as we add layers.
2) Weave your second twig around the frame loosely, securing with more wire at the start and end. Add more twigs, following a loose spiral around the base and securing with wire as necessary, all the while lightly bending the wreath into more of a circular shape.
3) Keep adding twigs: after a while you can simply tuck them in and this will hide the wire you’ve used. I tend to start my wreath by weaving one way, but make sure you include a few stems going in the other direction to add fullness and stop the wreath from being too uniform.
5) Step back and assess where you want to place your gathered nature finds. This is an opportunity to cover up any less-than-perfect areas! Start with bulkier items so they are towards the back, not crushing anything more delicate. I find adding wee bundles tied together with floristry wire and secured to the base, is a good way of creating volume. Then you can feed more delicate stems through the twigs of the wreath to hide the wire: gently pull them through until they catch at the back of the wreath and weave the stems into the base to secure.
6) Keep building your decoration gradually, stepping back occasionally to monitor the balance of the wreath. I find it looks more effective to cover one half of the wreath rather than the whole thing – choose to decorate the top or the bottom and leave the rest bare. Step back and admire your handiwork! Hang by securing a complementary coloured ribbon around the top of the wreath, tied in a bow.
This ever-lasting wreath base can be decorated and re-decorated over and over again. When you want to re-use the base (which will have dried out and become hard and light) make sure you strip your wreath outside (keep the wire to use again) so you don’t make a mess of dried out foliage all over your kitchen like I did!
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