A Winter Woodland Wreath

The Christmas countdown can’t start soon enough for me. I have been known to leave fairy lights up all year around, I mean who wouldn’t? And if the Christmas tunes come on in the shops in October that is fine by me. So I just couldn’t wait to get stuck in with my first Christmas make. Here I will show you how to make this super easy fresh moss wreath complete with felt fox and fairytale style woodland mushrooms!

I started by foraging for my greenery. I don’t have a garden of my own, more of a yard with planters filled with grasses; it’s a bit Mediterranean rather than English country garden. So I head for my sisters house armed with a bin bag, a pair of secateurs and a bottle of wine as a bribe.

Gorgeous greens in hand I head home to start creating my masterpiece.

You have to get in the spirit!

Put the Christmas tunes on and get yourself a glass of your favourite tipple, be it tea or in my case a cheeky Bailey’s and youre ready to begin.

You will need the following: A metal wreath ring, some garden wire, mossing pins, secateurs, and moss. Most of this you can pick up in your local DIY/Garden Centre. For the wreath ring and the mossing pins I bought mine from a florist wholesaler on line (RainbowFloristSupplies.co.uk) if you do a search there are many to choose from.

Firstly attach the wire to the frame by winding it around a few times and set aside. Grab some big handfuls of the gorgeous moss, I just love how tactile it is and it smells fab, always reminds me of holidays in Wales. It has that really earthy smell! Squish and shape with your hands into a big oblong shape.

Place the packed moss onto the wreath frame and begin to pull the wire around and around to fix it to the frame. Don’t get hung up on the bits and pieces that fall out and poke out. It’s a messy but fun job.

Pack it tight and pull the wire tight around it so that the end result is dense and sturdy.

Keep working your way around until you have completed the circle with the packed moss. I then go around one more time with the wire to pull in any straggling bits and make things look a little neater. Don’t get obsessive about it though as it is going to be covered with the lovely greenery.

Once you have been around again cut the wire and secure it into the moss by making a loop at the end and pushing a mossing pin though it to hold it in place. Push it in at an angle so it doesn’t come through the back of the frame.

There you have your base and your ready to make it pretty, although if you ask me its pretty bloody lovely as it is.

Its hard to direct you from this point on as it will entirely depend on the foliage you have had access too and as your working with natural materials no two wreaths will look alike. But this is the beauty of it. Get creative and be free with it, there is no science to it.

I am going to begin with my ivy, winding it around the moss frame and securing it at points as I go with the mossing pins. Again be sure to insert them in at an angle so you don’t pierce though to the back of the wreath.

Use the shapes you naturally find in the foliage to create a basic outline that you want to follow. I decide that I want to make a spray at the bottom of the wreath, which basically means I am making a feature out of the bottom of the wreath by inserting more of the bulk of the foliage here to make it more prominent.

With some of the strong woody stems these can be inserted directly into the moss and secured with a moss pin. Some of your pieces may need wiring to make the stems sturdier. This way you can take some finer pieces of foliage and twist them together to make little bunches as below.

I select some holly to add in next but not before pausing to sing along to a bit on Mariah. Would it be rude to have a mince pie at this point?? It is December (just) after all!

Keep working away adding the different greens and berries, always observing the original lines you created.

I use the soft and flexible ivy vines to create nice sweeping curves along the top of the wreath to balance out the spray at the bottom. It’s important to work with the natural properties of flowers and foliage. Go with what they naturally want to do and your creation will be effortless.

Make sure all gaps are filled and play around with it until its full and your happy with the shape.

Now its time to decorate! Do this however you like, tinsel, lights, baubles, a big red velvet bow would be lovely. The possibilities are endless. Let it show your personality and style. With my daughter in mind I decide to make mine a little magical winter wonderland.

When its finished hang it on your door, or if you just cant get enough of the Christmas decorations, make it the centerpiece to your room so you can look at your lovely creation all day long

Stand back and admire, with a mince pie of course!

Merry Christmas

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