Hanging a wreath of fresh flowers on your door is an old Greek custom but, to be honest, it’s just a lovely way to welcome guests and embrace the festive season. Most people buy their wreaths but making one is a lot easier and more enjoyable than you think! So, how do you make a radiant wreath? Check out our steps below – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Make the Hanger
Before you start assembling the materials, you need to first make the foundation. All you need is a medium gauge wire, twist it into a circle, and secure the ends by twisting them together - easy!
Choosing Your Materials
You can pick any material you like but we recommend fresh greenery and winter flowers, like pine boughs, ivy, eucalyptus sprays and ferns. Not only are they sturdy and look festive, they perfume the air around them.
Here are a few ideas for inspiration:
- Ribbons and (tartan) bows
- Pine cones and twigs
Assembling the Wreath
It’s best to work on a table when preparing your wreath form and later to hang it up to add the decorations and final touches. It is easier to see where you need to add leaves, flowers, ribbons etc. when you are face to face with your wreath. Once you’ve made the hanger base, cover it with foil or patterned tape so you can’t see the dull wire underneath.
Cut several 8" to 10" long branches of whatever greenery you have chosen and, using lightweight floral wire, secure the branches to the wreath base. Make sure to overlap the stems and use enough to completely cover the base. Select your chosen decorations, for example, flowers, and bind small bunches together using floral wire, leaving out some of the larger flowers or decorations to use later. Randomly secure the bunches of flowers and other decorations to the wreath using floral wire or hot glue, and add in some of the larger decorations at specific points around the base - you’ll be able to tell where best they should go.
Complete the wreath by curling some ribbon with a pair of scissors, and weaving in and out of the wreath. Make sure you don’t use too much - we recommend leaving a gap of about 2 1/2" between each weave. If you have visible wire ends, tuck them into the greenery by pushing them into the wreath.
Et voilà! You now have a beautiful, welcoming wreath to attach to your front door! Remember to send us your photos on social media! Post your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram along with any helpful tips you might have!