A Traditional Wreath

A Traditional Wreath
Hanging a festive wreath is a sure sign that Christmas is coming. Welcoming and attractive.
A Christmas wreath always makes an attractive complement to your decorative scheme. Gone are the days, however, when a wreath consisted of a bit of trailing ivy and some laurel or holly, with maybe a few berries scattered on top. A quick glance in the shops reveals that an endless variety of styles is available, traditional and modern, encompassing everything from simple greenery to iridescent baubles, and all sorts in between. Your wreath might be made of peacock feathers, LED lights, metallic leaves or gingerbread men, or it could be the simplest of evergreens, laurel, or fresh, seasonal flowers. While some of us buy a fresh foliage wreath every year or make our own, others bring out a favourite artificial wreath from a box in the attic. The making, buying or ritual unpacking of a wreath is, of course, just one element. Another part of the enjoyment is in deciding where to place it. 

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

You will need:

  • Either a wreath frame and plenty of sphagnum moss, a pre-made ring, or a simple hoop made from sturdy wire or bundles of twiggy growth from your garden bound firmly with garden twine or florist’s wire
  • Green twine
  • Scissors
  • Evergreen foliage – two or three different textures and colours
  • Secateurs to cut the foliage
  • Embellishments of your choice
  • Florist’s wire and wire cutters

 

If using a wreath frame and moss, use the green twine to secure bundles of moss evenly around the frame, winding the twine tautly around and around.Finish this stage by making a hoop of twine from which to hang the wreath.

 

Cut the evergreen foliage into lengths that will cover the base, and sort into small bundles.

 

Bind the first bundle of foliage to thebase by winding twine tightly aroundthe bottom of the bundle. 

 

 

Position the next bundle so it slightly overlaps thefirst, secure with twine, and keep going until the base is covered. Tuck the last bundle under the first one to finish.

 

To add your embellishments, push a loop of florist’s wire around each one and through the base, then tuck it back again to hide the ends. You might want to cover the whole wreath, or position the ornaments at the top or bottom only.

 

Keep a moss-based wreathmoist – it should last four or five weeksoutside, or a week or two indoors.

 

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Whatever their style and wherever you display them, today’s Christmas wreaths may have religious significance for their households, or may simply be a beautiful accessory, adding colour and impact as both a welcoming entrance and a finishing touch – either way, they are a wonderful symbol of festivity and an essential for the Christmas season.

 

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