1. Flat-out fabulous!
Spread the Christmas cheer to all areas of your home
Who says a Christmas wreath has to hang from your front door? You can use one to add flair to seasonal vignettes on your entry table, sideboard or dining table! Keep it simple by hunting down branches of one variety (olive foliage is a lovely choice!), and then tie the cuttings together into a single length. Loop the length into a wreath shape, then secure the ends with twine or florist’s wire. Lay your completed wreath on a sideboard and fill the centre with shiny baubles. Complete the Christmassy scene with candles – the wax variety or battery-powered models – for added twinkle factor.
2. Recycled wreath
Looking to keep your decos simple, striking and budget-friendly? Start here!
Before you bin those natural-coloured egg cartons, think about reusing them as the main ingredient in a gorgeous Christmas wreath. To make: use the flat lid part of the cartons to cut out a series of flat, feathered leaf shapes. Cut the cup parts of the egg cartons into three-dimensional flower shapes with three, four, five or more petals. Cut a wreath shape from rigid cardboard or foamcore board. Use hot glue to attach the base layer of flat leaves to the wreath shape, and then build up the scene with the three-dimensional flower shapes. Attach your wreath to your door using removable self-adhesive picture-hanging strips. Glorious!
3. Round and round the garden
A sprig here and a cutting there – turn backyard branches into a gorgeous wreath
Don’t overlook the potential of your own garden greenery when it comes to making a Christmas wreath. Shrubs with flexible stems and dense foliage can be wound around a wire frame to make a living wreath like this one – try bay laurel, viburnum, conifers, or even ivy to mimic the look. Two hints to make your wreath last longer: place the stem ends in water-filled florist’s vials, or use a dampened oasis ring as your frame. Hang your wreath with a loop of ribbon and trim it with a bow – gorgeous at any time of the year!
4. Ring a ring o’ rosemary
The evergreen herb that keeps on giving – especially at Christmas time!
Since stems of rosemary are strong and flexible, they’re perfect for bending into simple wreath shapes. To replicate this festive look, make one large loop and one small loop from stems of fresh-cut rosemary, attaching the ends of each loop with twine. Hang the smaller loop inside the larger, and then suspend the assembly from your door using a length of ribbon. Push pretty little flowers into the wreath to greet your guests every time they knock on your door. Hello, sweetie!
5. Berry nice blessings
If you don’t have the real deal, you can cheat the look with faux flora!
It’s the not-so-perfect arrangement that makes this striking wreath ooze homey charm. To mimic this look, arrange and lash together branches loaded with little red berries into a rough wreath shape, then simply hang it from a nail in your door. Or if you don’t have access to real berry-loaded branches (like hawthorn or cotoneaster), then weave artificial berries into a wreath made from glossy evergreen foliage. A very merry Christmas to you!
6. A merry mix and match
Create an everlasting wreath from artificial branches and holly, pine cones and baubles
While you could go for real pickings to make this plentiful wreath, for all the effort that’s involved – why not make it artificial? They’ll never know and it’ll last you year after year! To do this: wire a collection of faux branches onto a wire wreath frame (you could use the branches of an old Christmas tree). Arrange the branches so you fill out the ring shape. Then, add in the seasonal details as you see fit – berries, baubles, holly and pine cones are all fair game! Once you’re happy with the visual balance of your wreath, trim it with a red ribbon tied in a bow and hang it from your front door. Welcome, dear Santa – come on in!
7. Rosemary wreaths
Straight from your herb garden to your guests’ place settings
Add an elegant touch to your Christmas table with a little ring of rosemary, placed on the napkin of every guest. They look so pretty, and the subtle scent is a delight, too! To make one: loop a fresh-cut stem of rosemary and tie the ends with a length kitchen twine – tie a little bow for a sweet detail. Cut a length of stitched ribbon, slightly larger than the diameter of the wreath, and snip a triangle out of each end of the ribbon. You can simply place the ribbon on top of the wreath, or use a dab of hot glue on each side of the ring to secure the ribbon in place. Repeat to make one wreath per guest. Easy!
8 Leafy wreath
It’s not Christmas without a bit of sparkle and shine!
Bring a bit of bling to your Christmas wreath with a burst of shimmery gold paint. To mimic this look, collect a bunch of fresh-cut branches (try tip cuttings of bay laurel, melaleuca or viburnum). Spread out the branches on a drop sheet in a well-ventilated area and spray the odd leaf here and there with gold paint. Once dry, push the branches neatly into a ring of dampened florist’s oasis. The trick here is to keep the branches well compacted, and with the leaves all flowing in the one direction to create a rounded effect. Experiment a little to achieve the right look! Then, to finish off your wreath, press the wire end of shiny gold berry decos into the oasis and tie a generous bow at the bottom of your wreath using wire-edged ribbon.