In search of the ultimate sparkle and spangle, we’ve embarked on our annual Christmas craft bonanza. So far, we’ve whipped up a batch of edible tree decorations and a trail of twinkling star ornaments. Next, we’re tackling the most intricate (and challenging) DIY of them all: the Christmas wreath. We’re always fond of a little tuition, and Philippa Craddock has been the knowledgeable tutor behind this year’s wreath. The florist, House & Garden columnist and all around beauty purveyor has shown us how to make this year’s version a showstopper. Read on to learn how to spread a little seasonal cheer to visitors, neighbours and passers-by.
What you'll need
- Wreath ring
- Green twine
- Florist twine
- Hardy, textured foliage (Philippa suggests spruce, natural eucalyptus, copper dipped eucalyptus and asparagus ferns)
- A selection of Christmas decorations
How it's made
1. Secure generous handfuls of the moss to the top of the wreath ring, securing tightly with the green twine to create a compact filling for a sturdy base to work on.
2. Continue until the whole wreath ring is covered with an equal amount of moss all the way around. Finish with a loop of the green twine on the reverse, ready to hang on your front door.
3. Take small bunches of the foliage, mix them up, and then attach to the moss base using the green twine, overlapping as you go to avoid gaps. Continue until all your moss is covered. Check your design from every angle to make sure you have kept a good shape.
4. Take your largest decorations and position these with equal spacing, securing with floristry wire through the foliage and moss, out the other side, bend and return back to hide the ends.
5. Continue decorating your wreath in the same way with all of your decorations until it is full and fabulous! Hang it up on your door.
Visit Philippa’s Instagram for endless floral inspiration.