It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and as part of the fun and festivities I really wanted to try making my own festive wreath. I’ve got a couple of lovely wreaths already, including this fabulous Pom Pom one gifted to me by a very good friend last year, but there’s just something about using the plants and foliage in the garden to make your own that really appeals to me.
Before it got dark, I headed out to the garden to get a good selection of leaves and berries. Now, at this point I should be telling you all the names of the plants and leaves I selected…. erm… confession time… I don’t know them all!! I do know I picked conifer, holly, ivy, there’s some pussy willow branches tucked in, it’s possible I picked rhododendrons but that may be totally wrong and there was a lovely plant fruiting bright red berries so I took a good bunch of that too!
The main reason I took a wide selection of foliage was that I wanted to create depth and contrast to the wreath. I wanted to create a bit of interest and have a variety of leaf shapes, with different tones of greens.
Once I’d selected the foliage I arranged them into groups to make it easier to create little posies to fix into place. Once everything was laid out, I was ready to begin!
I took a few bunches of leaves and cuttings and arranged them into a nicely sized posie, sticking with the rule “big at the back, small at the front”. Once I had a fairly balanced grouping I laid it onto the wreath and fastened securely with florist wire. For the next posie I varied the foliage but kept to the same approximate size, placed it just overlapping the base of the first posie, and again, secured in place by wrapping the wire round the base and the posie. It was that simple, assemble posie and secure! The finishing touches were made by joining some pine cones together and filling in the gaps with berries and holly leaves.