The joys of making a wreath

If you’ve never made a wreath then I highly recommend it, there’s something so very therapeutic about it. Every year I do a refresher course on making them and I always go away learning something new. It’s also been great to see all the wonderful wreaths and top tips shared on Instagram, what a lovely and informative community we have and in the spirit of this I thought I would share some of my top tips, learnt along the way.

What you will need

  • Wire ring – size used here is 14in
  • Florist wire. You can use string but I find wire easier to use and creates a tighter hold
  • Moss – One bag
  • Foliage and flowers of choice

Let’s get started

  • In my opinion the most important part of a wreath is the base. There are floral foams on the market but if you can, opt for the traditional ring and moss method. The foam bases do not decompose, whereas moss will and you have the beauty of being able to reuse the ring.
  • To attach the moss, you first need to attach the wire to the ring. 
  • Take about a 10cm length of wire, create a loop around the ring and then wrap the wire round a further 6-7 times until tightly secured – see picture below.
  • To attach the moss, take a large handful of it and place it on top of the ring.
  • Then wrap the moss around, so the front and back of the ring is covered entirely with moss – hence why a big handful is required! 
  • You then need to secure it in place with the wire. To do this, pick up the reel of wire that has been previously attached and start to wrap the wire around the moss, I usually go round about three times.
  • Once secured you are ready to add your next section of moss. 
  • Repeat the above process but a final step is to give it a squidge and a squeeze, pushing against the previous handful of moss. This helps to thicken up the base and creates a lovely compact moss base. Remember, you shouldn’t be able to see the different sections of moss. 
  • Once you have a ring of moss you just need to go round a few more times with the wire to ensure it’s fully secure. Remember do not snip the wire.

You are now ready for the foliage and flowers

I’ve opted for a variety of foliage, including eucalyptus, olive, pine, spruce and Rosemary. The choice is entirely up to you and do also try foraging for foliage in your garden – there’s nothing like bringing the outside in. In terms of flowers, I’ve chosen a wax flower simply because they are extremely hardy and will last well out of a minimal water source. 

Building your foliage wreath

  • The first step is to create piles of long and short stems of each foliage type. 
  • Snip in a way that you minimise waste and also where ends can be easily disguised. Conifer is a great example as you can usually cut in half and create two short stems. 
  • Opt for 30cm in length for the long foliage stems and 15cm for the shorter stems.

Once you’ve got piles of long and short stems of foliage you are ready to create bundles of foliage to attach to the ring. 

wreath is a series of bundles of varying lengths of foliage, added at different angles to cover the entire base of the wreath
A bundle, should include different types of foliage to get an even distribution of texture, colour and shape and should be fan like in shape, with the tallest piece of foliage being in the centre and other pieces of foliage being added slightly lower to create a fan shape on either side. 

  • Start by creating a long stem bundle. Add it to the top of the ring and place the stems roughly in the middle of the moss ring, at a 45-degree angle. This angle helps cover the outside of the wreath with the foliage.
  • Secure with a couple of winds of the wire over the stems.
  • You are then ready to create and attach your smaller bundle. Place the main body of the smaller bundle so it is covering the stems of the first bundle attached. The angle of this bundle is slightly different from the first as you are adding it, so it’s in line with the inside circle of the ring. This helps to avoid the wreath losing its circular shape and at the same time helps ensure all the moss is covered.
  • Repeat, until you have fully covered your moss ring.
  • Once finished wind round you wire a few more times and then snip. Leave about 15cm in length of wire and individually tie around the ring of the wreath and gently stick into the moss so it’s nice and tidy. You may need to dig out a little of the moss to find the ring structure.

Top tips

Adding the hanging loop

  • Once you’ve added all of the foliage you are ready to attach a loop for securing your wreath to the front door.  
  • To do this, pop your wreath on its front and locate part of the ring to secure the loop for the hanging ribbon. 
  • Using garden twine create a loop by tying a knot one end

Then feed the loop through, create a secure knot and pull tightly.

Voila, you have your loop to feed your ribbon through for hanging on the door.

And now for the flowers

  • Leave the flowers until last as you will be putting them directly into the moss. 
  • No preparation is required in terms of conditioning as you can do this as you go along. 
  • Snip to the required length and strip away any foliage that would be going into the moss. 
  • To secure hold the stem at the tip and gently push in.
  • To create a natural look, use different lengths and stagger throughout the design.

With love and stay safe, Flowers and Lifestyle by Margot –

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