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How To Make A Christmas Wreath

How To Make A Christmas Wreath

Make A Christmas Wreath. Trish Haunton shows us how to make a Christmas wreath to welcome your guests with during the festive season.

Step 1: You will need

  • a ring of oasis (floristry foam)
  • 4 large fir cones
  • 9 small shiny apples
  • 8 30cm sticks of cinnamon
  • 30 sprigs of berried ivy
  • 3 branches of blue pine
  • 4 metres wired ribbon
  • raffia
  • scissors
  • stub wire.

Step 2: Blue Pine

Start with the ring of oasis. Cut small sprigs of blue pine removing the bottom 2 cm of needles. You can either trim the needles with scissors or remove them with your fingers.

Step 3: Berried Ivy

Cut 30 sprigs of berried ivy.

Step 4: Cover oasis

Begin with the berried ivy on top of the oasis. Always dress the oasis in the same direction. We are going in an anti-clockwise direction. This gives movement and makes coverage easier. Place sprigs of blue pine both inside and outside the ring. Berried Ivy on top with blue pine in amongst the ivy. Continue until the entire oasis is covered.

Step 5: Wire

Using the stub wire wrap it around the middle of the cone and feed it through the teeth. Twist the wires together leaving two prongs to stab into the oasis.

Push the stub wire right through the fruit. Pull both ends of wire together and twist together 2 or 3 times. Again leaving two prongs to feed into the oasis. Ensure half of the apples show the bottom and the rest show the top. Repeat until all 12 apples are wired.

Step 6: Cinnamon

Using scissors cut 30cm lengths of cinnamon cut into three 10 cm pieces. Bundle three short lengths of cinnamon together and tie with raffia. Feed the raffia in between the sticks and around a couple of times to secure the bundle. Tie with a double knot, cutting the raffia to 4cm lengths.

To wire the cinnamon bundles simply feed one piece of stub wire under the raffia. Ensure it is the opposite side to the knot. Twist the wire three times leaving two prongs. Cut the wire to 8 cm lengths.

Step 7: Arrange

The arrangement will be in four groups consisting of one cone, three apples and two cinnamon bundles. First place the cone. Be sure to feel the prongs reach the polystyrofoam base, otherwise they may pop out when hung on the door. Add three apples around the cone and two bundles of cinnamon. The groups should be added to both the top and sides of the oasis. Space the groups into 4 sections, evenly spaced. Continue until all four groups are complete.

Step 8: Hairpins

Cut 8 stub wires in half and bend them into hairpins. The hairpins will hold the ribbon in place.

Step 9: Ribbon

It's recommended to use wired ribbon. Starting 10cm from the end of the ribbon, gather the ribbon between thumb and forefinger and feed a hairpin either side of the ribbon. Begin inside the ring of oasis. Loop the ribbon over the oasis and pin it onto the outside of the ring. Arrange the ribbon where you like it, allowing it to loop and weave through the wreath. Pin it behind an apple here, a cinnamon bundle there, scrunching as you go. The more variety, the more the eye moves over the wreath, giving a rich abundant feeling for Christmas. When you get to the end cut the ribbon next to the last hairpin.

Step 10: Hanging Loop

Make a loop with the ribbon to secure to the door. Using 2 meters of ribbon, tie a knot around the ring of oasis.

Step 11: Display

Hang your Christmas wreath on the door and have a Merry Christmas. To see how to make a Christmas centrepiece for the your table go to Videojug How To Make A Christmas Centrepiece.