At this time of year I love to take some quiet time to make a foliage wreath for our front door.
Gathering natural materials for this project is the perfect excuse to get outside, enjoy the crisp winter air and immerse yourself in nature.
This year, I knew that I wanted a base of evergreen using foraged branches of spruce; to which I added sprigs of bay, rosemary, hebe and leaves collected from our garden. I added eucalyptus stems from our local florist too, which produces the most beautifully festive scent.
I hope you enjoy making your wreath - Charmaine x
1. Create the base
Attach florists or craft wire around the metal hoop, winding it around a few times to secure. Next attach a cover material to the hoop to hide the frame and create a base (moss, spruce or even straw works here), again using wire to secure it until the hoop is covered. Leave the roll of wire attached, winding it around at each stage until the wreath is complete.
2. Add your foliage
Arrange stems of your mixed foliage, adding a little of each until you have a pleasing and varied handful. Place it onto the base and wrap the wire around the stems 3 or 4 times to secure. Continue to add each bunch in turn alternating the direction, one slightly towards the centre, the next facing slightly out.
3. Finish and adorn.
Fill in any gaps with extra stems, threading them into the wire already attached to the base. Add in any additional decorative elements (pine cones, feathers, dried orange slices or ribbon all work well here) by winding extra wire around or through each piece, pushing through the wreath and securing at the back. Attach some twine to the back of the hoop for hanging.