Monthly Archives: September 2012

Show stopping Christmas wreaths you can make yourself!

Our Christmas wreath making workshop is a sell out every year, and its not surprising why.  Everyone enjoys creating something beautiful and so Christmassy whilst the mince pies and unashamedly Christmas music adds to the festive spirit (although we do keep it a Slade and Cliff free zone!)  Once they’ve been taken home and hung up the wreaths are a truly show stopping Christmas feature, one attendee told us she was complemented on her wreath by every single person who came to her door over Christmas and New Year!

Our Christmas wreath teacher Fiona tells us why she thinks you can’t beat a handmade wreath:

If you love decorating your home for Christmas a wreath on your front door is the icing on the cake – an instantly recognisable symbol of a festive home.  Nowadays the choice of ready made wreaths is massive and caters to all tastes; from wreaths made with traditional evergreens, pinecones and berries to the more alternative, I’ve seen some great ones made from baubles, fairy lights and even pompoms.  You can buy them along with your supermarket shopping for a few pounds, or blow the budget and spend hundreds on a bespoke designer number.   However I always think you can’t beat a handmade wreath, you get the high end results but without the designer price tag, and more importantly you get the satisfaction of creating a wreath – just how you want it!

I’ve been running wreath making workshops in the run up to Christmas for I Made It Myself for the last two years and because of my floristry background I favour wreaths with fresh foliage and for that wow factor I love using good quality fresh roses in either a deep Christmassy red set against glossy dark green foliage or pure winter white with pale eucalyptus leaves.   We use floristry oasis rings to keep everything fresh so it lasts throughout the festive period and into New Year.

In the class we start off with the floristry basics, preparing and conditioning the foliage and the flowers, then we move onto the techniques for constructing it and finally my favourite bit – adding the embellishments.  Now personally I prefer the ‘less is more’ school of thought when it comes to accessorising although I can never resist adding a cheeky robin for a bit of kitsch, however whether people keep their embellishments natural with a few artfully positioned berries and pinecones, or go all out with glittery finishing touches – everyone’s finished wreaths always look wonderful!