Adorn your home with a touch of nature this Christmas!
Christmas is just around the corner so we thought that we'd help you get in the festive spirit by showing you how to make a DIY beautiful natural wreath that you and your family will go WILD for!
Our easy step by step guide is a fun and inexpensive way to bring a touch of nature indoors this December. 🙂
What materials you'll need...
Willow or dogwood wands in different colours if available. 1m to 1.5m length and no more than 1cm thick at base.
A selection of ivy berries and flowers on stems, longer strands of ivy without berries, variegated euonymous stems, holly twigs with berries, thin spruce twigs with needles.
Larch cones on twigs or pine cones with jute twine.
Length of ribbon made from natural materials.
Step by step guide...
If you've got all your materials together then you're ready to start. Simply follow our step by step guide below.
Step 1. To make the wreath frame, take one wand and gently work along the stem bending it slightly so the fibres start to bend.
Step 2. Hold the thick end in one hand and bend the wand round to achieve the size wreath you want. Grip where they cross in the hand holding the thick end. Make sure you have a good length left to work with.
Step 3. Hold the thin tip and bring it behind the wreath and bring it through the centre of the wreath and pull it gently through. Keep the wand fairly straight so that it doesn’t kink or snap. Don’t let go of the crossing point.
Step 4. Repeat posting the thin end through until it is used up. Don’t wrap tightly. The coils should gently wrap around the original circle. Tuck the tip between two coils to grip it in place.
Step 5. Keep the same side facing towards you but rotate the wreath through 180°. Start the next wand off in the opposite direction by gripping in that position and posting the thin tip through the center of the wreath as in point 3. Remember to work the wand as described in point 1 before you start.
Step 6. You may find that you have a weak section or the wreath is slightly out of shape. This can be corrected by starting the third wand off one side of the weak or wonky section so that the thick end crosses it. Continue as points 1 & 3.
Step 7. Three wands is the minimum number needed but you can add as many as you like. I like to use wands with different colours.
Step 8. Once you are happy with the wreath frame you can decorate it by threading the stems of the other plants in and out of several coils so that they are held in place. Start with the greener material then add the more colourful leaved materials. Follow these with a few twigs with berries and a few cones. Add as much as you like.
Step 9. Pine cones don’t have much stem so tie a bit of jute twine around the stump or wind under some of the scales at the wide end. Tie a knot then thread the twine ends through the coils and tie again so the cone doesn’t wobble around.
Step 10. Finish off by tying a ribbon made from natural materials to the top so that you can hang it up.
Big Thank you to Pauline Hill, WTSWW's People and Wildlife Officer for the wonderful step by step guide! Share you wreath pictures with us on our social media pages. @WTSWW //The Wildlfe Trust of South and West Wales.