Its Christmas door wreath time again – are you making your own or buying one off the peg? Amazingly, I’ve been running Christmas door wreath workshops for the last 10 years. Making a DIY door wreath has become such a ritual amongst my flower tribe. A key fixture in the run up to Christmas.
Having just read the Little book of Hygge it’s endorsed my view that settling down and making time to create something with your own hands – while wearing your Christmas jumper, being with friends and enjoying mulled wine and warm mice pies – is a winning combination in terms of investing in your own wellbeing, before the drama and shopping deadlines of Christmas kick in.
Channel your inner hygge
If you’d like to arrange your own door wreath making party and channel your inner hygge these are my ingredients for success.
- 1. Chose a venue you’re comfortable in.
- 2. Get the lighting right – you might need full beam while you’re creating – but switch to dimmed pools of light (and candles) to relax afterwards. Use unscented candles – so the fragrance of your fresh pine, cinnamon sticks and orange slices have a chance to shine through.
- 3. Stock up on warming drinks – whether that be mulled wine or hot chocolate with all the trimmings.
- 4. Take time after you’ve created your door wreath to sit, and notice. Turn off your phone. Be in the moment. There’ll be plenty of time for photographing your creation once it’s on your own front door.
Ingredients for your door wreath
You don’t need to spend an awful lot of money to create the most amazing door wreath. The task will be even easier if you can take trimmings from the base of your Christmas tree – or have a garden to raid. Choose long-lasting robust greenery – like berried ivy or bay. Alison Marsden from Gardening by Design recommends using Skimmia japonica. She told me that the most common evergreen version has clusters of bright red, round berries that are much better than holly for adding to wreaths and other decorations as they have decent length of stalk.
I like to make my door wreaths using 30cm wire frames. You can decide how big you want your door wreath to be by cutting shorter - or longer - lengths of greenery. You can buy individual frames here – or if you’re having a party - packs of 20.
The next step is to bind your wreath frame with moss. You’ll probably be able to buy moss from your local garden centre – it’s used for lining hanging baskets. Or if that sounds like too much trouble, you could use lots of conifer (leylandii) to pack out your wreath frame and give it a rounded profile. And add substance to wire in any decorations you might want to incorporate.
I use a mossing wire to attach the moss/conifer. You can buy single reels here – or in quantities of up to 20 reels at a time.
Once you’ve bound your moss onto your frame you can think about adding your greenery. Take small bundles and bind them into your frame. Attach the next bundle so the tips of your greenery cover the stems of the previous bundle. You’ll need to fan out your greenery to make sure it covers the wreath frame. Once you’ve added a complete circle of greenery you’ll need to tuck the stems of your last bundle of green under the tips of the first bunch.
You’ll need some floristry wires to add in your decorations. I like to use a 20 gauge/0.90mm wire to attach pine cones, oranges slices and faux berries.
Your front door
If you’re making a door wreath this year I’d love to see how you get on – why not post a photo of it online with the hashtag #winterdoor and I’ll come and find you.
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