Mum and I made our own Christmas wreaths yesterday. We didn’t really know what we were doing and made it up as we went along but I think that was half the fun.
Mum dried some orange slices and hydrangeas ready and picked lots of good berries and foliage from her garden and our local park. We had Yew, ivy, honey suckle berries, eucalyptus from the market, variegated holly and berries, rosehips, blue thistles, laurel leaves and green hyperpericum berries. I bought some 14″ moss covered straw wreaths and we used garden wire to fix the pieces in place.
We started covering the mossy base with some generous greenery – yew, ivy and laurel. Then we built from there adding more decorative pieces like berries and thistles. I finished with hydrangea and orange slices as they were more delicate and I wanted to think about their spacing more.
It was such a pleasing little craft and took less than an hour – just long enough to stand out in the garden without loosing the feeling in our fingertips and the perfect length of time to slurp a cup of tea while making something pretty.
I love how our wreaths turned out differently despite us using the same ingredients, Mum’s is full, generous and vibrant, whereas mine is a bit more wafty and ring like. Most of all I loved spending an hour with mum, making and creating and laughing as we worked. We’ll definitely do it again next year and possibly replace the cup of tea with a mulled wine to ensure we reach our full floral potential.