Last week on a whim, and with at least three other more important things on my to do list, I decided to take the plunge and try making a wreath. I have wanted to ever since seeing this round up (and especially this rosemary wreath – so simple). I’ve never done one before and have only given the many many tutorials a cursory glance, but I went straight in. It was nap time so no chance to pop out so I used what I had. That meant a star shaped base rather than a circle – we have a whole pile of sticks from cutting back the garden trees this year.
There were a few straight-ish branches so I sawed them down to similar lengths. The next step was to tie them together. No garden wire to hand which would have been my first choice, so I went with the plain old string I found lurking under the kitchen sink. First I tied the five points but the corners needed securing as well to hold the shape rigid.
That turned out to be useful later for tucking the greenery into. Once that was done I raided the garden for greenery and a bit of colour in the form of dogwood twigs and hawthorn berries. Then the layering began. I had gleaned from my readings that things look better if you stick to going in one direction so I tried to go with pointing everything upwards. At this point I realised it would have been better (and so much easier to get a nice look) if my string had been green instead of white but again – nap time.
Once I felt there was enough green I added the berries, which did help give a finished look. The whole thing probably took around an hour and a half so if you are tempted to give it a go, there is still time before Christmas!