If you know anything about me you’ll know that I don’t like seeing any of the materials I arrange with going to waste.
Last weekend I bought some tulips from the market in my home town of Faversham. Some came with me to class at the Ashford Gateway on Monday and others will be making an appearance in one of the videos to accompany my online flower arranging classes. For the rest of the week they sat in a jug on my kitchen window sill.
You can expect a good week out of your tulips. Buy them when they are still in bud, with a hint of colour and watch them mature and unfurl over time. As is my way, I usually keep them until the petals have gone dry and start to twist. I love the change from silky softness to papery-ness.
After class on Monday one of my ladies (thanks Jan!) gave me a bundle of weeping willow she didn’t want to take home. I swirled the stems into my hand and tied them with a piece of string, making an impromptu door wreath.
With the seed of an idea for a spring door wreath in mind I thought rather than let my tulips die in their vase, I’d see if I could get a day or two more out of them by creating a spring-themed door ring.
This is what you’ll need to do if you fancy giving it a go.
How to create your own spring door wreath
- Create a door wreath base. I had already had a ring made from honeysuckle vines left over from Christmas. It was being stored under my patio table – I’ve been creative and tidied up all in one go! First I took out the old greenery that had been in the wreath since December. Rather than work at the kitchen table I took my wreath out into the garden and hooked it onto our shed door, so I could work on it in situ. My top tip here is to fashion a hook out of a pipe cleaner.
- What you need to do next is embellish the wreath with additional stems. They need to be flexible so you can fashion them into a circle without them breaking. Weeping willow is perfect. Silver birch would be good as well. I like the flash of yellow my stems gave me. A great contrast to the knarled/darker stems of the honeysuckle vine.
- Rather than over binding with the willow (taking the stems over and over from front to back), I worked on the top surface only. This means you see everything you add to the wreath, giving it a raised surface profile.
- The tricky bit next. Add your tulips. If your tulips are on their last legs too you’ll need to bear in mind that the heads are highly likely to fall apart before you get them into your wreath and the stems may snap. I started by deciding where I wanted the heads to be and then threaded the flowers into the wreath, tucking the stems back in.
- As a finishing touch I added in pockets of moss. Again left over from Christmas and in my stash of goodies under the patio table …
I’m really pleased with the finished wreath. A word of warning though – the materials I used and the method of construction will not result in a long lasting wreath. Mine looks great on my front door (which is in a sheltered position and protected by a porch canopy). One gust of wind, or too many slammed doors, is going to result in a pile of petals and dislodged moss.
Why not give it a go and let me know how you get on.
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