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Homemade Wreaths!

Homemade Wreaths!

It’s officially December! This means we are finally allowed to talk about Christmas! In our family, we tend to be quite late putting our decorations up, we even bought the tree on Christmas eve one year much to my dismay. But when I saw the wreath that we had been hanging on our front door for decades and the peeling paint on the decorative apples that we had been respraying every year to squeeze another Christmas out of it, we decided it was time to be a bit more creative.

Making a wreath seems a lot more daunting than it is, and to have a fresh handmade assembly of foliage hung on your door gives you a sense of pride when opening it. In this case, we used a shop-bought circular base but traditionally, it’s better to use a round support like the one we used and cover it with moss which you tie up using wire.

As for the foliage, we clipped some branches and berries from the garden, but you can easily forage for these in a woodland. A mixture of textures is ideal, too, as you can layer them while still being able to differentiate them, despite them all being green. A lovely touch to add would be some eucalyptus or something slightly lighter and dainty to really emphasise the layers.

My favourite aspect of this wreath was the little copper hearts I twisted and pinned into the wreath to add a decorative element. Of course, this could be dried fruit like dehydrated orange or grapefruit, some pinecones, berries and even dried flowers. You can really make it your own and add your own little twist to it if you wish.

 

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To assemble your wreath, gather a small bouquet of foliage in the arrangement that you like, and tie it down onto the base like shown in the picture below. To get a fluffy look to your wreath, position the little bouquets of foliage pointing slightly outwards. Continue the same technique all the way around until you have no gaps left.

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