Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Festive Wreath // DIY
I am all for buying a premade wreath whether it is made out of all natural materials or if you choose to fake it - its all good, what ever suits you! But this year I really wanted to turn my hand at making one myself and set aside an afternoon to do just that!
If you would like to have a go at making a wreath for your front door or as a pre-Christmas gift for a loved one, keep reading and I shall show you how! Be prepared to set aside at least an hour and a half to make the wreath itself but don't forget to dedicate an hour or two to get all the bits before hand such as holly and other foliage. This is one for the patient people out there, also, prepare yourself for being pricked once or twice by the holly - stings like hell but the final product is definitely worth it!!
So lets get started!!
What you will need:-
1 premade grapevine wreath (or oasis) in the size of your choice. At the widest point, my grapevine wreath measured roughly 30cm across
Floristry or craft wire. I used green wire to blend in with the foliage (you may not need to use wire if you are using an oasis)
Holly, ivy, foliage of your choice
Start by giving those legs of yours a little action by taking a walk to the woods where you should be able to find an array of foliage such as holly, ivy and twigs. Collect as much as you can carry, preferably in a thick reusable bag to avoid it splitting on your travels. Alternatively a florists will have lots of varied flowers, leaves and pretty shrubs but be prepared to spend a few pennies!
Once you have headed back into the warmth of your house, lay out all of your materials. This will make it easier when deciding what kind of leaf or berry or spruce you want to pick next.
Take your ribbon (I find ribbon that is about 1cm - 2cm thick is the best) and cut it into the length in which you want to hang it. I have mine hanging off a peg next to my front door as I do not have a knocker or hook to hang it on. My loop measured roughly 50cm - remember this is going to be halved and then tied in a knot so you may wish to add a few extra centimetres.
Loop the ribbon through the wreath and tie in a knot to secure.
Find where you want the ribbon to hang as you may find the wreath isn't perfectly circular as I found with mine. Once you are happy with where you want the top of the wreath to be, lay it down flat and pull the ribbon out, ensuring that the knot is on the inner edge of the wreath (see photo above).
Start placing your chosen foliage onto the wreath one piece at a time and secure in place with wire. Be careful if you are using holly as it can be a little vicious so you may want to wear some gloves if available.
Continue to add the holly, leaves and sprigs to the wreath ensuring that they cover any bare patches using the wire to secure it in place - you don't want to see the wreath or oasis itself. When securing in place with the wire, be sure to keep a piece aside - you will need this for the final bow. I also tried to conceal the knot of the ribbon to make a neater finish. It is a good idea to either hang/hold it up every now and then to see how it is progressing and to get an idea of where needs more greenery.
When I was near enough happy with how it looked like from the front, I turned the wreath over and gently placed it on the floor ensuring that the leaves were not squished. I then added further foliage to the outer edges to help conceal the grapevine wreath. I repeated this process for the inner ring.
By adding extra leaves etc to the back, you create a really lush, full wreath that holds it shape and lasts longer.
To finish the wreath, I took a thicker ribbon and tied it into a bow around a pen. With the bow tied to the pen I was then able to adjust the size of the bow to make it a shape and size that complimented the size of the wreath. When you are happy with the bow, decide on where you want it positioned and secure with the final piece of wire. You can now add any other decorations you may have such as pine cones, baubles, flowers, tinsel - the ideas are endless. I decided to keep mine quite minimal, only adding pretty ribbon to complete the wreath.
I really love the final product and will definitely be making another next year. It was a hit with people I worked with too after showing them - they were all asking if I would sell them which I think would be a fabulous idea for those who have time to get a little extra income at this rather expensive time of year!
It would be really great if this has inspired you to make a wreath! Pretty please let me know if you have gone for it and if you upload them to Instagram, be sure to tag me in it (@rhemaekea) so I can gaze in awe!
Have fun little crafters ♥
Loads of love and festive wishes!