Under the patient guidance of the lovely Jan Waters of JW Blooms, 8 ladies had a great evening learning how to make festive wreaths for Christmas(or indeed any occasion). Jan had brought an amazing display of foliage, twigs, dried fruits, apples, oranges etc for us to choose from and let us loose with them. A glass of wine helped the evening along but we were all concentrating so hard on our masterpieces ..
The first step in making the wreath is to attach a ring so you can hang it up - easier said than done , in my case (top tip - tie a piece of cotton to the ring then you can find it easier later on ). Then stuff moss into the ring wedging it tight but not too tight ! Then tie the moss into place with wire, all the way around.
Then you are ready to start adding your leaves etc. Jan showed us how to start by placing the foliage, leaves etc on the outer edge of the ring and then tie-ing them in place with wire. When the outer edge is full , then place about three twigs on the inside of the wreath and tie them in. You are then ready to fill in the gaps in the moss with whatever you fancy – apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks …. The choice is yours and as Jan said the more random the better to give it an authentic rustic look .. I chose dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and those orange flowers that I can’t remember the name of (papery lantern type things). Make staples out of wire and staple those things into the moss.
I was delighted by the look of mine – especially as I cannot in any shape or form be described as flower arranger – more a plonker (wild flowers plonked in glass jar type is my style)….. To finish off, we stapled a waterproof backing onto the reverse of the wreath so that dampness would not damage paintwork of a door when hung .. et voila .. one festive wreath
What was really lovely about the evening is that each wreath was completely different although we all had the same choice of materials ..
Thank you ladies for your company and Jan for your expert guidance (www.jwblooms.co.uk)