Tuesday 26 September 2017

How to make a Christmas wreath

Follow the step-by-step guide to make your own Christmas wreath
Follow the step-by-step guide to make your own Christmas wreath
Soak your florist's ring in water until it sinks and no more bubbles appear
Starting with the ivy, insert springs into the foam ring lightly covering the entire ring and ensuring all the leaves lie in the same direction.
Trim all roses to 5-6 cm stem length. Insert rose stems into foam ring ensuring they are evenly distributed.
Wire your small baubles and pine cones with the florist’s wire
Tie the remaining metre of ribbon into a bow

Blooming Amazing’s ANNA FINLAY gives you a foolproof, step-by-step guide to making your Christmas wreath using fresh flowers

You will need:

20cm florists foam ring (oasis wreath ring used here)
Two metres of ribbon minimum 5cm wide, wired at edges
Florist’s wires
Scissors and secateurs
Selection of foliage — ivy, salaal and holly used here (many others can be used that can be found in your garden eg eucalyptus, rosemary, pine. Evergreen foliage is most suitable)
Selection of flowers — five ruby red roses, one stem of Hydrangea and five orchid heads used here (again many other flowers can be used but ideally stems should be firm)
Selection of pine cones and mini Christmas baubles



1 Float florist foam ring in a basin of cold water until it sinks and no more bubbles appear. This should take about 5-10 minutes. Cut a metre length of your ribbon. Loop it around the top of the ring and tie securely onto ring, leaving two tails with which to secure to a door when complete. Trim all foliage to 10-12cm sprigs.

2 Starting with the ivy, insert springs into the foam ring lightly covering the entire ring and ensuring all the leaves lie in the same direction. Now with a second and third foliage type, start filling in the gaps, evenly distributing it, until the foam ring is fully covered with foliage. Make sure the edges are well concealed.

3 Trim all roses to 5-6 cm stem length. Insert rose stems into foam ring ensuring they are evenly distributed. Follow the same pattern with your orchids. Take your hydrangea and split it to create five smaller heads. Again insert the hydrangea heads into the foam ring evenly distributed between your other flowers.

4 Wire your small baubles and pine cones with the florist's wire. Trim the wire to 5-6cm in length. Insert the wired ends into the foam ring again in an evenly distributed pattern.

5 Tie the remaining metre of ribbon into a bow. Wire the centre of the bow and insert the wire into the foam ring at the top or bottom of the wreath, whichever you prefer.

6 Secure your newly made wreath to the front door using the looped ribbon from step one.

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