Led by the team behind The Grounds Florals by Silva, this year we invited you into our fairy lit garden for a masterclass in making beautiful wreaths for your homes. Those who joined us learned all the techniques needed to create the most wonderful wreaths using natural elements such as fresh foliage, dried florals and festive accessories.
If you missed out, this little guide is here to help you re-live the magic and create something special to hang in your home this Christmas.
Read on for the steps to DIY your perfect wreath.
First thing’s first: Gather your tools and prepare your work space
A good pair of floral clippers should be at the top of your list. You can purchase them from the garden section in hardware stores. Second, you will need some 22 gauge florist wire, natural twine and a monkey-vine wreath base. Next, find a large, clear surface for working (such as your kitchen table or uncarpeted floor), anywhere you can easily clean up any trimmings – make sure you have plenty of room!
2. Collect your greens and flowers
We recommend you visit your local florist or market to find what you need! This wreath style calls for some natural foliage and accents, here’s a list of what we had on offer:
- pine cones
- gilded stick
- red branches
- dried starfish
- pampas grass
- died and sprayed holly
- paper daisies
3. START BUNDLING YOUR MATERIALS TOGETHER
There are no rules when it comes to making your wreath, but if you want to create a really abundant and full looking wreath, we recommend you make bundles of foliage. The number of bundles will vary depending on the size of your frame, what foliage you are using, and how large your bundles are.
Begin by clipping your materials down to size then grab two or three stems of your first plant, and begin to lay the foundation of your bundle loosely in your hand. Layer your second and third foliage (if using) on top of the first. For example, a layer of our spruce, followed by pine, and lastly paper daisies. Next, add your bark and feathers. And that’s your bundle! Now repeat, repeat, repeat!
4. Get ready to start attaching bundles to the wreath
To begin wiring, place your bundle on the wreath form. Using one hand, firmly press the bundle and the end of the wire down, while using the other hand to pull the florists wire around the bottom of the form. As you circle around to the top with the wire, pull the wire taut and continue two to three more wraps.
Don’t be shy here! Putting some elbow grease into the wrapping will keep your wreath well intact through the new year.
Continue wrapping until you can lay your paddle wire down and the wraps don’t lose tension. This should be two or three wraps per bundle.
5. Make two to three mini bundles to cover up the stems of your larger bundles
To make the mini bundles, cut your foliage three to four inches shorter than the larger bundles. Wire these to the wreath base the same way as you did the larger bundles, making sure to hide your wire behind your greens and flowers.
Want to take it up a notch? Intertwine fairy lights into the wreath for that magical touch.
6. To finish, use clippers to cut the floral wire and tuck the end into the wreath base
You’ve now finished your wreath! Feel free to adorn with any embellishments you like, such as Christmas baubles, then get hanging! Remember there are no rules to wreath making! It’s all about creating something unique and special to your home.
When Christmas is all wrapped up, store your wreath somewhere safe and free from dust. The beauty of using dried ingredients is that it will keep well for years to come!
Merry Christmas & happy wreath making from The Grounds team!