Christmas wreaths made easy

Want to make your own Christmas wreath? Wendy Black, designer florist at
The Dorchester, shared her
top tips at last month’s Spirit of Christmas Fair. By Annie Deakin

 

 

 

  1. Collect pinecones from your local woods and store them somewhere dry to open. The pinecones can be sprayed any colour; gold and silver are popular at Christmas time. I personally prefer to use Oasis spray colour available online.
  2. Buy cinnamon sticks from your local Asian supermarket, they tend to stock large bags and keep a competitive price. The cinnamon is tied into bundles and you can insert a wire into the tie point to attach it to your wreath.
  3. Use the produce from your garden; pick dried hydrangea heads when they are fully dry. You can spray them with Oasis spray colour or simply leave them natural (this is my preference). Poppy heads dry nicely throughout the summer months simply cut them from the poppy plant after flowering and hang upside down in a dry cupboard. Again, these can be sprayed or left natural. If you leave the stems long, they can easily be pushed into your wreath ring.
  4. Dried chilies wired in clusters around your wreath make an ideal present for all your culinary friends, who can rehydrate them in warm water to use in winter tagines and curries.
  5. Make your own orange, lemon and lime slices to decorate your wreaths. Cut the fresh fruits into slices, placing them on a baking sheet lined tray and bake overnight on the lowest setting in your oven. In the morning the slices will have dried out. Leave to dry completely before use; this takes a couple of days but your kitchen will smell divine.
  6. For children’s parties, wire candy canes or little parcels onto your wreath base. These can be made from old small raisin boxes covered in foil or wrapping paper tied with ribbon.
  7. Use a glue gun and a hard wreath base to attach shells onto the wreath for a nautical theme. Be creative, use old baubles from your Christmas tree or hang chocolates onto your wreath before your friends arrive and you’ll be surprised how many disappear!
  8. For a party theme, wire clusters of feathers onto your wreath. Think of the shape of your wreath as a clock face and place the feathers at 12pm, 3pm 6pm and 9pm. In between the feathers, add Venetian style masks and party blowers.
  9. If you are using a pine wreath base remember to spray your wreath once a week with water to keep it fresh.
  10. Give your wreath dual function. Place it on your dining table and pop a candelabra in the middle for an instant table decoration, or add a bowl of floating candles and rose heads for a romantic dinner for two.

 

Annie Deakin is interiors writer for sofa and interior design website mydeco.com.

 

 

Discover more property articles at Homes and Property
Property search
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistant - Accounts Payable - St. Albans

£26000 - £28000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistan...

Ashdown Group: Treasury Assistant - Accounts Assistant - London, Old Street

£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...

Recruitment Genius: Installation and Service / Security Engineer

£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...

Recruitment Genius: Service Charge Accounts Assistant

£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence