Foraged autumn door wreath

Foraged autumn door wreaths are really easy to make – they’re a great way of embracing the changing seasons.  Door wreaths definitely shouldn’t be thought of as being just for Christmas.

Family dog walks provide an excellent opportunity for gathering your supplies for your foraged door wreath.  However, when foraging there are a few points to bear in mind. The Woodland Trust provides some useful advice, which can be summarised as follows:

  1. Know what you’re picking
  2. Only collect from plentiful areas
  3. Leave plenty behind for others and local wildlife
  4. Beware poisonous species
  5. Minimise damage to the nearby habitat and species

Wild plants and the law

Before you go out collecting you should remember that all wild plants are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). It is illegal to dig up or remove a plant (including algae, lichens and fungi) from land on which it is growing without permission from the landowner or occupier. Some species are specially protected against picking, uprooting, damage and sale.

What to collect

The secret to creating your own foraged autumn door wreath is to choose materials that are long and pliable.  Any vine-type plant is great.  This could be grapevine, lengths of wisteria from your garden or honeysuckle. For mine I used hops, with clematis and ivy.

foraged autumn door wreath
foraged autumn door wreath

How to create your autumn door wreath

My favoured method for creating this style of wreath is to fashion your materials into a circle and then thread your remaining lengths in and out of your circle making it really secure. Then add more and more of what you’ve collected. Once your base feels secure you can them weave in shorter lengths. Or even poke in single treasures you’ve found. Individual leaves or sweet chestnuts would look great.

If you’re a member of FlowerStart World on Facebook you’ll have seen me creating my foraged autumn door wreath in a Facebook Live.  I was hoping to share it to my blog but technology has let me down!  This does, however, give me a fabulous excuse to post the video I made with Alexandra Campbell of The Middlesized Garden last year – as the technique Alexandra filmed me demonstrating is the same.

If you want to get even more creative check out this blog post on using colourful autumn leaves to adorn your front door.

I’d love to hear how you get on making your own door wreath – do leave me a comment below, and share this post with your friends and family.

Until next time, happy flowers!

Julie

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