How to make a countryside Christmas wreath
PUBLISHED: 16:19 02 December 2019 | UPDATED: 16:19 02 December 2019
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Florist Louise Ford inspires with a step-by-guide to a wow-factor festive wreath for your home
You may or may not be one of those people who gets excited by the prospect of a bit of festive foraging with the secateurs. If you are, Louise Ford is here to inspire.
'Lou' has just moved to a studio in Knaresborough after running a floristry business in Harrogate - 4Seasons Flowers - for 11 years. Earlier this year she was asked to create the flowers for winners of the UCI cycle races in the county, quite an honour.
'It was crazy - nine days and 140 bouquets! It was such an honour - they left the designs up to me and I did white roses, lots of greenery and trailing ribbons in the UCI colours,' says Lou.
Now the festive season is upon us and Lou is in demand from her regular customers who love her to come and sprinkle some floral cheer acround their homes.
She's also looking forward to a few festive weddings.
We asked Lou to give us some tips on creating a knockout wreath at home.
'I love rustic and natural,' she says.
'It's nice to forage from the garden then mix it with bits picked up from your florist as well as fruit and pine cones. I like a traditional frame of wire and moss which is more natural than a foam ring which is not biodegradable'.
She makes it look so easy, so gardening gloves at the ready…
You will need
1 × wreath ring
Moss - sphagnum moss, kept damp. Refresh it with a spray bottle
Stub wires for individual flowers
Good scissors and secateurs for woody foliage
Sprigs or foliage
See what the garden has to offer. Lou suggests conifer, cotonester (red berries), holly and ivy.
Spruce and eucalyptus are worth getting from a florist - they add a different bluey colour tone - 'think about textures': Herbs such as rosemary or something more exotic to make a real statement
Cinnamon stick bundles, dried fruit, sprigs from the florist, pine cones and pheasant feathers (her dad shoots…)
Stage 1 - Attach reel wire firmly to the wire wreath frame. Grab decent sized clumps of moss then wrap the wire round it to attach firmly to the frame. It needs to be very secure and firm as this is the base of everything. Wrap plenty of wire round and secure it by tying to the frame.
Stage 2 - Chop all your foliage into small sprigs you will need more than you think so go mad in the garden!
Stage 3 - Make little bundles of mixed foliage. Use different shapes. Colours and textures. Place the bunches on to the wire then wrap the wire round really tightly. Its a bit fiddly to start with but youll get the hang of it. The bunches should be placed at and angle so they follow the shape and curve of the wreath. Manoeuvre the last one so its in very tightly then wrap the wire round to ensure it is all super secure.
Stage 4 - Pheasant feathers, sticks or whatever details you choose wire three together then attach securely between the foliage. Attach with the large end through the base then secure at the back. Remember to keep everything really tight.
Stage 5 - To wire a pine cone, hook the wire through the gaps in the cone then twist the wire leaving a long stem. This stem can then be worked into the moss and secured tightly.
Stage 6 - Hang it with a length of twine or ribbon to suit your colours/theme.
Stage 7 - Bows give it a go or your florist will be able to make one up for you. Hessian gives a nice rustic touch. Secure with wire.
Keeping it lovely - If its outside on a door it will just need a spritz of water every few days. If its inside, keep the moss moist with spray and you can replace flowers if you want to keep it looking fresh.