Expert florist Jane Cowling of Eden Flower School and Wedding Florist in Taunton has been kind enough to give us a step by step guide to making our own fresh festive wreaths for Christmas.
1. Float the Oasis ring – dark green side down in a sink full of water for 20 seconds. Don’t push it under the water, let it soak up by itself.
2. Cut the spruce and ivy into lengths a maximum of 10cm long. You can get many pieces from each branch by careful, economical cutting.
3. With the ring soaked oasis side up, push in the lengths of foliage. Make sure they are pushed in well. The objective is to completely cover the frame. It helps if you poke in the spruce at different angles. Be careful not to loose the circle shape by using too long pieces of foliage.
4. When the frame is covered, prepare the decorations. Wire the pine cones by catching the bottom ears of the cone in a length of wire and twisting the ends together at the base, leaving 2 ‘legs’ of wire. Wire 2 slices of orange together in a similar manner. Wire together 3 cinnamon sticks leaving 2 wire legs to attach to frame. Make sure the wire is really tight as they slip out easily. You can cover the wire with a little bow of raffia for extra finish.
5. Make a bow with trailing ends, secured in the centre with a length of wire ready to poke into the frame.
6. Attach the bow to the wreath first by poking both ‘legs’ of wire into the frame securely.
7. Add all the remaining decorations securely in a similar manner.
8. Make a hanging loop by inserting the longest, thickest wire down between the oasis and polystyrene foam at the top of the wreath, fold back around the frame to create a loop and twist the ends together really securely – the design is quite heavy.
9. Hang your beautiful creation on your door and lap up the admiration!
If you are finding your green fingers are more fingers and thumbs, you can take up one of the fantastic courses at Eden Flower School and learn straight from the pros! Tel 01823 276633 or visit www.edenweddings.co.uk