You may have seen me do one of these before, there was a spring wreath two years ago and a Christmas one, a summer herb one, then a wreath garland for the Christmas table candelabra. I hold my hands up, I’m making these all the time! I love the punch of flora that they deliver.
They are so simple to make, a couple of flowers go a long way and you can easily make them out of what you have in the garden, or taking a few blooms from a larger bouquet (both of which I did here). To be honest my blooms were quite old and this wreath didn’t last very long so I can’t attest to the longevity of the particular flowers I went with. But, I love this palette and it looked lovely in the bedroom while it lasted.
This is such a lazy little craft that brings a lot of joy to the space. Here (below) are the simple steps I always follow.
You will need:
A ring for a wreath base, I’m using this copper and wood scarf ring but any ring base will do.
Some decent floristry scissors
Some floristry wire available from most garden centres and craft stores.
Spring flowers and foliage.
How to make:
If you are using more than one variety of flower you could be super organised and really plan your design out, or you could go with the flow, layering and adding as you go along which creates a more natural relaxed effect which I really like.
If, like me you are using just one kind of bloom, I find its helpful to loosely arrange your cuttings before you start to commit, this way you can see where you may have sparse areas as these will really show with only one kind of bloom.
I rather like a three quarter full ratio to these wreathes and I like the bottom section to spray off to one side, this asymmetry keeps interest and stops the design becoming too formal, but have a play around with the layout until you find what you prefer.
Cut the pieces of floristry wire into 5cm pieces.
Take the top left as the start point of your wreath and secure your cuttings with two or three pieces of floristry wire wrapped around the wreath to fasten at several different points on each sprig.
Overlap each cutting and try to make sure that you attach floristry wire under the busier sections of the cutting to help camouflage the wire.
Check around for any spots that may look a little bare, if you have any areas that look too sparse, take some very small cuttings to fill the gaps with. Place these stems over the wreath at angles to create more slight irregularities and attach in places where the wire will be best obscured by foliage that is already in place.