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How to make a Fresh Foliage Wreath

December 18, 2019

 Let us show you how to make a fresh foliage wreath to adorn your door this festive season.

 

You will need:

 

 A little on the materials:

 

1. The Wreath - I choose a woven wreath with the eco credentials in mind and to give immediate depth and luxury.  I got it from Hobbycraft

2. Secateurs - this is an essential piece of kit that will be used to cut through some thick pieces of foliage and to snip your wire.  I have learned from experience that these are not jobs for household scissors!

3.  Floristry wire - this allows you to tie on all your pieces of foliage securely.

4.  Fresh Moss - moss provides an amazing natural base or a wreath, it is pliable and full of moisture so helps to keep your wreath looking tip top.

5. Mixed foliage - I chose a mix of textures and have a leaning to blue hued foliage but any ever green foliage can work.  Whilst I would have liked to head to the local woods to pick up foliage I was short on time. I headed to Bon Bloemen Ltd for my supplies. This is a great local business, a flower market that is open to the public, I bought foliage and moss that made three large wreaths (and I was able to make some mantle vase displays with what was left) for under £40.

6.  Garden berries - this is the finishing pieces to add points of interest, you can choose anything, I had berries in my garden so they were a great affordable option.

 

The Process (hover over the images for instructions):

 

 A few top tips about the process and finished wreath:

 

  • Wear protective gloves - some of that foliage is spiky!

  • There is no right or wrong - if you like it it's good!

  • Beware of the weight, being so wet means that moss is heavy, once you add your foliage it gets very heavy very quickly.

  • Stop and appraise every now and then, if you have a wall to hang it on to do this you get a better idea of what it will look like and where needs more adding or pieces taking away.

  • Enjoy, this is a super engaging process and amazing for all the senses - the smell of fresh pine filling your home is such a simple pleasure.

  • Spritz the wreath and moss every few days to make it last longer.

  • Once the festive season is over I am going to allow my wreath to dry and see if it can be reused across the seasons.

We hope you have enjoyed this 'how to' and make some fabulous fresh foliage wreaths.

 

 

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