I’ll be honest, I’m about as prepared for Christmas as…well, someone completely unprepared, so I’m looking for quick festive fixes this year like this minimal wreath, I’m all for simple Scandinavian style-particularly at this time of year. This one is now hanging on our front door, but the plan will be to make a couple more of these to group together on the wall in our living room and to have as part of our Christmas table. The beauty of these wreaths is that they’re quick to put together and they always look beautiful – embrace the imperfections!
I’ve used longer lasting greenery from the garden and cuttings from the Christmas tree alongside fillers you can find at your florists. You might want to substitute the harder to find items (like the cotton flower) for others to make life a little easier, which is entirely the point!
You Will Need:
• A brass wreath ring (mine is a design by Strups) or a wooden embroidery hoop.
• Florists wire – use a thinner gauge that you can wrap with.
• Bay tree cuttings.
• Eucalyptus – I’ve used Baby Blue for the structure.
• Fir tree cuttings.
• Cotton flowers or an alternative such as waxflower or winter berries.
Make two more or less identical bunches with the greenery, layering them up until you have the desired look. Wrap them with wire at the base of each. If you have cotton flower, gently push a piece of florists wire through the centre of each leaving a length of the wire on either side. Alternatively, create a small posy with berries or waxflower.
Place each bunch exactly where you want them to sit on your wreath. Use short lengths of wire to secure each bunch at the base and further up the ring, then add in your cotton flower, wrapping over the top of the ends to disguise them. I like mine a little off-centre.
And that’s it. Find somewhere to hang it and you’ve time left to
freak out about how much you’ve still got to do pour yourself a drink and admire your handiwork. Oh, and maybe take a look at my Scandinavian Christmas Table inspiration from last year…
• Sand cast brick tea light designed by Lane By Post.