Autumn wreath-making

I always associate wreaths with doors at Christmas, which I love by the way, but I’ve also come to realise that they can be a gorgeous evolving floral arrangement at any time of year, changing with the seasons and the natural foliage available at the time. A few weeks ago I attended a great workshop, right here in my home town of Harrogate, with a local florist called Katie Laura Flowers. As well as being a brilliant flower arranger she also runs classes, which is how I came to spend a lovely Sunday morning learning how to make an autumn wreath.

We started off with a metal hoop and florist wire (the only real investment for this project) plus armfuls of foraged greenery, which you could easily get for free by just taking a walk with a pair of secateurs! Taking the wire, we prepped our hoops by winding it all the way around to create a base onto which we could build up our wreaths and then it’s simply a case of selecting bits of foliage to lay on top of each other and binding them onto the hoop with wire as you work your way around.

festive flower arrangingP1040624 (2) P1040626 (2) P1040628 (2) P1040629 (2)Katie encouraged us to go big and bold and not to try to be too neat as a full, shapely wreath is the way to go (of course!). Once we had built up the greenery all the way round, the next step was to add extra colour, texture and interest with plants like skimmia, stattice, rosehips and dried hydrangea – although you could use anything you fancy really, as long as it can be attached by wrapping a piece of wire around the stem and then securing it onto the hoop.

Handmade Christmas wreath

P1040616 (2) P1040639 (2)And here’s the ta-dahh moment – I was so pleased with the result! I’d tried to keep mine fairly simple but with hindsight I wish I’d pimped it up some more with added hydrangeas but I have a plan to take some dried flower heads from our garden and wire them on in due course. And that’s the beauty of learning how to make your own wreath; now I know the basics I really want to keep developing it with other bits and pieces and I quite like the idea of making it afresh in spring.

P1040622 (2)This was such an enjoyable way to spend a morning, chatting away with other bloggers, doing something creative with my hands and learning a new skill. We even had mince pies and refreshments alongside (plus endless cuppas for those that wanted them, like me – well we were in Yorkshire!).

 Don’t you think this is just the perfect pre-Christmas activity for friends/mums & daughter/sisters or even festive hen parties?

Disclosure: I attended this workshop free of charge for the purposes of writing this review. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.

Comments

Mamandine //

It’s simple yet gorgeous!I used to make wreaths with my mum when I was little and we’d even put dried slices of orange and cinnamon sticks in it and it kept well and looked lovely…
Thanks for the trip down memory lane…

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Kathryn //

Aww I remember making little christmas tree decorations with my mum too, they were also made from dried orange and cinnamon sticks tied up with ribbon 🙂

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Adele @ Circus Queen //

Wow! That is stunning! We had a go at wreath making with natural objects last year. Used a wire hanger as the base and lots of florist, um, stuff, to tie it. We’re now experts, obviously.

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Laura //

Oh how beautiful, I love natural wreaths and yours is so pretty and it’s such a lovely way to get into the festive spirit of things

Laura x

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SJ //

Wreaths are so beautiful – very festive without being ‘in your face’ Christmassy. I might have to have a go at making my own when I get to America 🙂

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Katy //

So glad I found this post – I just ordered all the bits to make a wreath yesterday but yours is the first post I’ve seen that properly shows how to wrap the wire around the ring. I’m feeling much more confident now! Your wreath turned out beautifully!

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Gillian Mills //

Hi Kathryn. Your wreath looks wonderful. How long did your greenery last once cut if left outdoors or in a cool place.How far ahead of Christmas could a wreath be made do you think.?

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