I’m in Greece for a friend’s wedding this week, so I thought we’d have a little schedule change-around. Instead of bringing you a video (did you see my last one all the way from Switzerland?), I just had to sneak in this beautiful DIY wreath project before the end of summer hits us. This tutorial comes from the lovely Steph, owner of Rabbit and the Rose (Hampshire’s most gorgeous new florist), and if you’re into all the floral hashtags on Instagram as much as I am, I know you’re going to love trying this out. Take it away Steph!
Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas and nor are they just for the front door. Today I’m bringing you a lovely project to brighten up your home between the seasons. Hang yours on a cupboard door, bedroom wall, or lay flat for a stunning table centre. This one is not only beautiful but wonderfully scented with calming lavender and eucalyptus – as candle season creeps closer it’s just what you need for a relaxing evening in.
I’ve used lavender and eucalyptus to make my wreath, but you could use anything that dries; rosemary, hydrangeas and roses are other lovely alternatives. Perhaps you have something growing in your garden you could experiment with? All of the ingredients I’ve used are easily sourced from your local florist, garden centre, craft shop or online.
You will need:
A copper wreath frame. I’ve used one that is 30cm/12inches in diameter.
A few handfuls of moss. I’ve used sphagnum moss but any variety will do. It creates a good base for the other bits to sit against. It’s a little messy so be sure to cover your workspace with a cloth or newspaper before you start.
Reel wire. I’ve used 0.56mm gauge, any fine craft wire will work.
A bunch of eucalyptus, dried or fresh. (If fresh, it will dry naturally on the wreath.) I’ve used a mix of Cinerea and Baby Blue varieties to have a range of leaf sizes.
A couple of bunches of dried lavender.
Step 1. To start with, wrap the end of the wire onto the back for the frame a few times to secure it. It doesn’t matter where, but this will be the start of where you attach the moss. (No need to cut the wire till the very end!)
Step 2. Grab a small handful of the moss and place on the frame next to the secured wire. Whilst holding the moss in place, pull the reel of wire over the moss and back under the frame to secure it. Wrap the wire round the moss and frame a couple of times to make sure the moss is well attached. Place another small handful of moss onto the frame just next to the section you’ve just secured and wrap the wire a couple of times to secure.
Repeat until the whole frame is covered with a base of moss.
Step 3. Grab a few stems of eucalyptus and a small handful of lavender to create a mini bunch. (You’ll need to trim the stems to make them a similar length. No need to be accurate with this, it creates a more natural feel if a few bits have a mind of their own! About an inch of stem at the bottom is enough to secure to the frame.) Place the bunch on the frame near where you finished with the wire, so that it is laying in the direction of the frame (mine faced anti-clockwise). Wrap the wire around the frame just at the base of the bunch, wrapping around a few times to secure it. Make another bunch of eucalyptus and lavender and place just next the last so it is overlapping slightly. (You’ll want to make sure all of the bunches go in the same direction).
Wrap wire around the base of the second bunch a few times to secure. Repeat till you’ve nearly gone around the whole wreath.
Step 4. Attaching the last bunch is a little tricky. You’ll need to gently lift the first bunch you secured so that the final bunch can tuck underneath. Whilst holding the original bunch up slightly, wrap the wire around the final stems to secure in place.
Step 5. Finally, turn the wreath upside down and cut the wire so there is about 2 inches of wire left, wrap the wire around a section of the copper frame a few times to secure and tuck the end of the wire back into the wreath to hide it.
Thanks to the copper frame it is easy to hook straight onto the wall, but for an extra touch you could thread some thick ribbon through the wreath and tie in a bow to hang where you’d like.
Big thanks to Steph for such a beautiful tutorial. (Check her out on the Rabbit and the Rose Instagram!) And if you’d like to save this DIY for later, why not pin the image below to your favourite Pinterest board? Happy wreath-making everyone!