This week my favourite florist Steph from Rabbit and the Rose is back with a bang on topic DIY Christmas Wreath. I can’t get enough of wreaths this year and my Instagram feed has been full of them since the start of December. Following Steph’s tutorial I’m really excited to have a go. I’ve been saving up some of my odd baubles especially!
Have the best-dressed door on the street with a luxury DIY Christmas wreath made with your own hands. You can have so much fun with what you use to make your wreath, whether it’s dried fruits and flowers, foraged foliage, or old tree decorations and baubles to add a bit of sparkle. When it comes to Christmas, more is more! Not only beautiful, the winter greenery, cinnamon and fruits will give you a waft of festive fragrance every time you come home. This wreath will look amazing all season right through to new year, you won’t want to take it down!
All the ingredients are readily available from craft stores, garden centres, florists and online. But you might find you have a lot of these items already in your garden or from last year’s Christmas decorations that have seen better days!
You will need:
A 10 inch pre-mossed ring. (Available from Amazon or your local florist. If you’d rather make your own, follow my instructions in the End of Summer Wreath DIY.)
A selection of foliage, twigs and dried flowers. (I’ve used spruce, pine, conifer, eucalyptus, pussy willow, dried statice and birch twigs. Other greenery that would work well include ivy and holly.)
Reel wire. (I’ve used 0.56mm gauge, but any fine craft wire will work.)
Stub wires. (I’ve used 9 inch stub wires but you could cut sections of the reel wire.)
A selection of decorations. (I’ve used fir cones, dried hydrangea, cinnamon sticks, birch stars, dried fruit slices and whole fruits. You could use things like baubles and dried flowers.)
Your favourite ribbon to finish.
Step 1: It’s a good idea to soak the moss ring before you start by submerging the ring in a bowl of water and hang it till it stops dripping. This will help keep your wreath fresh for the whole season.
Wrap the end of the reel wire around a section of the ring and twist a couple of times to secure, before poking the loose end into the moss to hide it.
Step 2: Snip various sections of your foliage and twigs to make some mini bunches. A good handful is enough. The bigger your bunches the more wild and larger your overall wreath will be. About an inch of stem at the bottom is enough to secure to the frame. Place the bunch on the frame near where you secured the wire, and so that it is laying in the direction of the ring (mine faced anti-clockwise). Wrap the wire around the ring just at the base of the bunch, wrapping around a few times trapping the bunch in place. Give the wire a little tug to secure.
Make another mini bunch with the selection and lay it just below the last so it is overlapping slightly (Make sure all of the bunches go in the same direction for a continuous look). Wrap wire around the base of the second bunch and moss ring a few times to secure. Repeat till you’ve gone around the whole wreath. You can poke a few stems in here and there if you feel it needs a bit more!
Once you’re happy with the shape of the wreath, cut the wire a couple of inches from where you ended, and poke the wire into the back of the moss ring to tidy it away. Wreaths are fairly sturdy so it’s fine to turn them over to do this.
Step 3: Your wreath will look beautiful as it is, so you could stop here. But as it’s Christmas we’re going for a luxury feel with a range of decorations making it even more opulent.
Using the stub wire or 9-10inch sections of the reel wire, you want to wrap around your chosen decorations half way down the length of the wire, twisting the two ‘legs’ of wire a couple times to secure. You will need long enough wire legs to attach to the wreath in a bit.
Fir cones – it may be easier to fold the wire in half first then hooking the wire around some of the lower petals of the fir cones, twisting them together around the other side.
Cinnamon sticks – I like to use two or three sticks to make a little pile and tying them together with raffia or twine. The wire can then be slipped between the raffia and cinnamon before twisting to secure.
Step 4: Before fixing your wired decorations have a play with composition by placing them on top of your wreath so you can see where you would like them. Once you’re happy with the layout you can begin securing them in place.
One by one, poke the legs of wire through sections of the greenery and twist the wire together a couple times on the other side to secure. Poke the wire ends into the moss ring to hide them away.
Step 5: No luxury wreath is finished without a large bow made with your favourite ribbon. We’ve chosen a gorgeous velvet along with a rustic hessian ribbon.
To make the perfect shaped bow you need to first make a large loop, with one hand hold the top middle of the loop and your other hand holding the point at which the ribbon crosses over. Bring your hands together so the top of the loop lays over where the ribbon crosses.
Pinch the ribbon where they’re overlapping, you will now have two loops either side of where you’re holding. Use a wire to wrap around where you’ve got it pinched to secure.
Add more loops of ribbon or a second bow behind for a more full bow. Trim the ends with a diagonal cut to finish. Like the other decorations use the wire to attach the bow in place on the wreath.
Now hang your very own DIY Christmas Wreath with pride!
A huge thanks to Steph from Rabbit and the Rose for this gorgeous tutorial. If you’re in Hampshire make sure to visit her florist’s studio in Basingstoke.
If you’d like to save our DIY Christmas Wreath tutorial for later, pin the image below to your favourite Christmassy Pinterest board!