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How to: make a natural wreath

Christmas wreaths aren’t just for the front door. Natural, homemade wreaths are a great way to make your home feel festive, cut down on plastic, tinsel decorations and of course bring the outdoors inside.
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We've caught up with our friend Lisa Grigsby from Down By The River Florals for a lesson in creating natural Christmas wreaths that bring the outside in. The wreath we are making suits an indoor climate best due to its delicate dried foliage and looks beautiful stood on a shelf, hung from a wall or even above a mantle piece.

*If you want to create a wreath for your front door just switch out the dried foliage for fresh.

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You will need:

A willow frame (you can make this out of fresh willow, or alternatively source one from your local florist).

Reel wire

Stub wires

Brown string

Wire cutters

Scissors/ secateurs

A selection of foliage – we’ve used a mixture of leylandii, fir tree branches (off cuts from the Christmas tree), blue star evergreen, contorted willow, dried eucalyptus, dried asparagus fern and dried thlapsi.

 

*A note on foraging*

Pick foliage from your own garden or, seek permission from the landowner prior to taking greenery from hedgerows.

Only select foliage from plentiful sources and avoid using rare or poisonous species.

Only take what you need and be sparing.

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We've used a mixture of fresh and dried foliage for our asymmetrical wreath.
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Try and choose seasonal foliage that compliments each other in both tone and texture.

How to...

1. You can buy ready made natural frames from your local florist, or you can make your own, like we have, by twisting and weaving long willow stems into a circle shape. If you’re making your own frame, fix your willow by tying little knots of twine or wire all the way around, so you have a nice solid base to start.

2. Start by pruning your foliage (cutting the stems diagonally) so you have varied length pieces of greenery - be careful not to leave any sharp edges.

entwining foliage
A willow circle makes a flexible, malleable frame from which to build your wreath.
evergreen foliage
Off-cuts from your Christmas tree make the perfect addition to your natural wreath.

3. Now begin winding the stems of your foliage through the willow frame so they are tight and secure them in position with some reel wire. It can also look interesting to leave part of the willow frame bare and create an asymmetrical wreath with clusters of greenery on one side (like we’ve done).

Or, if you fancy creating a full wreath, just keep twisting the foliage all the way round the frame to cover the willow completely.

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We've woven some contorted willow into our wreath to add a rustic woodland effect.

4. Keep adding more of your foliage to the frame, layering and overlapping it until you reach your desired aesthetic.

5. The smaller, more delicate pieces of foliage and items such as pine cones can be tied together to make little bundles using the stub wire before being fixed to the willow frame and wound round the reel wire that's securing the other greenery.

pinecones
Stub wire is perfect for wrapping around more intricate pieces of foliage or pine cones as it can then be easily wound around the willow base or other wires.
attaching a pine cone
We've attached pine cones to our wreath to break up the green leafy tones and add a festive touch.

6. Next, tie a piece of brown string through the willow frame at the back of the wreath (so it’s hidden) in order to hang it in your chosen spot.

7. Once you’re happy with the overall look of your wreath spritz it with a little water to keep it looking fresh through the festive period.


Our finished wreath.
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A festive wreath makes the perfect addition to any interior space.

Why not try…

Try adding dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks or cloves to your wreath for a fragrant festive touch.

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