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My favourite Christmas decorations are always the natural ones. I love a real tree, imperfect in shape but with an amazing smell.
This year however with a little cat in my house lots of indoor decorations would very quickly end in disaster. I decided instead to opt for a very seasonal wreath to hang on the door.
With the help of my dad we whipped up a few different styles and I decided to share the simple instructions so you can make one for yourself or as a thoughtful Christmas gift.
What you’ll need…
To make a natural looking wreath you will need the following:
- Wire (green garden wire)
- A willow branch (for the base)
- Trimmings of your choice
- Ribbon and decorations
How to make your own Christmas Wreath
1Make the frame
Firstly we started by making a round frame that our wreath would be built on. I wanted to do a half wreath so we used a willow branch tied in a circle with wire. If your doing a full wreath like the last two pictures you can make your circle totally out of wire.
2Attach your foliage
Next attach your base foliage by simply wrapping wire around it. We used Leylandi (Leyland Cyprus) as our first plant. Just attach to the branch by wrapping your green wire around it and knot it at the back.
3Add some variety
You want to try two or three types of foliage for some variety and colour. We added Noble Fir cuttings as their blue tinge added a nice contrast.
4Don’t forget the holly
It wouldn’t be a wreath without some holly. We attached some for our third trimming, just by slotting it into the wire around the other trimmings.
5Put a bow (or 2) on it
Lastly the wreath was decorated with some red ribbon. We bought ours from Tiger, but you can pick up ribbon from anywhere for less just a few €1s.
6Don’t be afraid to experiment
You can use whatever trimmings you wish and add as many or as few decorations as you like: try pine cones, baubles or even some white spray for a snow effect like we tried out in the last picture.
Let me know if you give it a try or if you’ve any Christmas DIYs you’d recommend!
Louise writes online at Thriftylilpixie.com – visit her for more great home decoration, gift ideas and travel articles.