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Merry Christmas Eve folks!

In celebration of the festive season, I have a creative Christmas cracker for you! My friend and wonderfully talented florist, Jess, recently invited myself and some friends over for a DIY wreath making workshop at her new home studio. Christmas spirits really were in the air throughout the evening; Jess’ easy to follow step by step tutorial was accompanied by a background festive soundtrack, courtesy of the She and Him Christmas album and delicious Pimms winter warmer cocktails, crafted by our very own Christmas elf, aka Chris (Jess’ husband).

Keep reading to learn how to deck your halls with your own personal touch…

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IMG_8206 (2)Our little helper, justice.

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Here’s a simplified guide to following the same method we used…

What you’ll need:

  • Wire wreath frame
  • Moss
  • Foliage – add density and texture to your arrangement with a variation – we used: blue spruce branches, eucalyptus, conifer, berried foliage,
  • Finishing touches – apple slices, cinnamon sticks, pinecones, pussy willow, ribbon, holly, spray painted lotus seed and poppy seed pods, dried wheat
  • Binding wire
  • Floristry wire (24/26 gage)
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers

Everything listed can be bought from your local garden centre or florist, or better yet, you can forage, where you’ll find really exciting, individual pieces.

 

Directions:

1. Bind the moss to the wire wreath frame

Attach the binding wire to the wire wreath frame (wrap around the outer ring a few times to ensure its secure).

Bind tightly packed handfuls of moss to the frame, until the whole circle is covered, then secure the end of the binding wire tightly to the frame.

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2. Prepare the foliage

Cut and bunch together small branches of your chosen foliage. You will find that interchanging the tops with the undersides will  provide a nice diversity of texture and colour.

Fold the floristry wire in half to make a hair pin, ensuring its slightly longer on one side than the other. Place the pin over the bunch, around an inch from the bottom and loop the longer side around the bunch once, twisting both sides of the hair pin as close to the branch as possible, tightly to secure.

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3. Pin your foliage in a clockwise motion

Press the pins through the centre of the moss ring, pulling through the underneath with pliers. To secure, bend each side of the hair pin and press back into the moss.

4. Pin foliage to the inner ring in an anti-clockwise motion

Using the same technique as in step 3, attach smaller bunches to the inner ring (insert innuendo here) to hide any gaps.

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4. Pin the finishing touches

Using the same hair pin technique with the floristry wire, arrange and secure your finishing touches wherever you would like them on the wreath.

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and voilà, pretty good for first timers, ey?!

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