Bring the outdoors in during this festive season with our easy to follow step-by-step guide on How to Make a Traditional Christmas Wreath this winter. It is the perfect activity to get into the Christmas spirit and get creative with your family and friends this season!
If you starting from scratch, you will need your bare essentials:
- Green stub wire
- Natural English moss (1 bag can create approximately 5-6 12″ wreaths)
- Christmas Foliage of choice (e.g. blue spruce, holly, pinus strobus etc.)
- Wreath frame (either raised or flat)
- Binding wire
- Mossing twine or string
It’s your choice: You can either start from scratch using wire wreath frame or oasis floral foam rings OR you could purchase ready-made bases to accessorise and hang on your door proudly!
Pick your theme
Decide how you will decorate your wreath. For a traditional look, use lots of lush, red colours with roses or berries, dried fruits and red ribbon. For a more modern look, go for sparkly baubles, wires, snow spray and glittery lights. Or create a garden-themed wreath with pine cones, berries, pheasant feathers and rattan branches. For inspiration, discover our Pinterest board full of interesting wreath ideas.
Find the ingredients for the recipe: Wreath frame rings, either flat (left) or raised (right).
Create a base for the wreath frame by attaching the mossing twine to the frame and creating a ‘zig zag’ pattern on the frame.
Tease the moss into a thickish ‘sausage’, removing any stones, twigs and lumps of mud etc.
Then, bind onto the wreath frame using mossing twine or binding wire.
Continue to cover the entire wreath frame with the moss
Trim off any excess moss and loose ends using scissors until you are happy with the look. Remember that you are going to covering the moss base with Christmas foliage so it does not need to be perfect!
Top Tip: If your creative skills aren’t up to scratch or you’re nervous about the finished result, there is a cheeky shortcut which can save you time and money – the amazing, already ‘complete’ MOSS RINGS (available in different sizes!).
You can either: bunch together 3 to 4 pieces of mixed foliage, and using a stub wire, bind them together to attach to the moss ring or freely attach the foliage to the moss ring using binding wire or mossing twine.
Cheeky tip: Again, there is a sneaky short-cut for novices, to save, time, money and your nails – ready-made blue spruce rings. There is two types: half bound (this means only half covered in blue spruce & flat on one side) and full bound (fully covered in blue spruce). The spruce rings are based with a straw and covered with blue spruce.
Once you have completed the wreath with the moss and foliage, you can now accessorise and decorate with a combination of wired dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, christmas picks, berries, ribbon bows, fresh flowers, the world is your oyster!
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