A Step by Step Guide to Wreath Making
Wreaths are a big part of our festive celebrations at Daylesford. They make for the most beautiful, natural decorations and we are lucky enough to be surrounded by an array of wonderful natural forage at our Cotswolds farm.
After a morning spent out in the hedgerows and woodland areas, we return with bags bursting with beautiful red berries, mistletoe and rich greenery to tie and twist into thick, lush, fragrant wreaths. Doing the same at home is easy so here is our step by step guide.
Visit the Daylesford Organic Garden at our Cotswolds farm to pick up bases for your wreaths or alternatively a wide variety of ready-made wreaths.
SOURCE OR CREATE YOUR BASE
With their natural colour, wicker or rope bases work best. Choose a size as big or as small as you like. To make your own, chose a weaving willow and twist upon itself to make the wreath frame. You might also like to cover the wreath in velvety green moss. To do so, simply cover the willow entirely and secure in place with tying wire.
COLLECT & FORAGE
Firstly, decide on your theme and colours. At Daylesford we like to forage what we can from around our Cotswolds farm, and always start with lots of greenery – silver spruce, ivy, bay, cedar and of course lots of holly. For a gentle splash of festive colour, choose rose hips, rowans, red holly berries or delicate white mistletoe. Once you have gathered, lay out your forage in separate bundles or boxes.
Building your wreath using pre-made posies of forage is much the easiest method. Depending on the size of your wreath you should need to make 10-15 posies. Select a variety of greenery from each of your foraged bundles and trim so that each stem is roughly the same length. Arrange into decorative posies and bind together towards the base with tying wire. The length and breadth of your posies will depend on how big you want your wreath to be.
WIRE AND WRAP
Lay the first posy onto the wreath at roughly a 45-degree angle. Secure onto the wreath with a few wraps of your tying wire. Tuck your second posy in tightly beside your first and secure again with your tying wire. Repeat with your remaining posies until your wreath is completely covered and even.
TIE IT UP WITH A BOW
Choose a pretty bow or piece of string to tie around the top of your wreath and hang either inside our out.
Top tip: to make your wreath to be completely compostable and biodegradable, try using natural string or flax instead of tying wire to bind your wreath and posies together.