I first made a Christmas wreath when I was on a weekend away with girlfriends on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. We stayed in a little cottage on the water, with no TV but plenty of good food, good company and lots of crafting! Now it's become a personal tradition to make a fresh wreath every year, bringing back so many happy memories. This is a great craft to do with children who enjoy foraging and making their own little wreaths for their bedroom doors. (I've included links to some of the products I used and just so you know, we do get a small commission if you buy anything.)
Start by gathering your materials. The first thing is a trip to the garden or nearby woods for evergreens, pine cones and other bits and pieces. This year I included some pussy willow and silver leaves that my aunt had given me.
I had some pine cones that I had sprayed gold from a previous year so I threw those in too.
Next you need a hoop. You can make one by bending an old wire hanger, but I bought one like this and just reuse it every year.
You will also need something to attach your greens to your hoop. I use florist wire, but jute string or even cable ties will do, although they are slightly more fiddly.
Start by taking a piece of evergreen and winding your wire around it to attach it to the hoop. No doubt actual florists have a fancy technique for doing this, but I just wind round and round along the stem. You can leave some fronds free or wind it tightly, depending on your preference. Our cat, Yuri, was very interested!
As you finish attaching one piece of evergreen, tuck the stem of the next one under the piece you have just finished. Keep winding the wire round and round.
Once you have a base, it's time to get creative. This year I used pussy willow, but you might want to add some berries or a contrasting leaf colour for interest.
Finally, I added my pine cones and a spray of silver leaves, simply continuing to wind around with the wire. Pretty!