Make your door look festive this Christmas by making your own wreath. We've got the perfect how-to guide by the National Trust! Here's what you need to do.
Step 1: Collect your essential ingredients.
- 10 inch length 0.90 gauge stub wires
- Moss and foliage
- 8 inch wire wreath frame
- Binding wire
- Mossing twine/string
- Decorations such as pinecones, dried fruit, bows and baubles.
Step 2: Tease the moss into a thickish ‘sausage’, removing any stones, twigs and lumps of mud etc. Then bind onto the wreath frame using mossing twine or binding wire.
Step 3: Trim off any excess moss and loose ends.
Step 4: With your wreath frame completely ‘mossed’, select suitable evergreen foliage to be used e.g. Holly, Ivy and Cupressus, and trim to approx 3-4 inch lengths.
Step 5: Bunch together three or four pieces of mixed foliage, and using a 10 inch 0.90 gauge stub wire, bind them together. It will require approx 15-20 bunches of wired foliage to cover an 8 inch wreath frame.
Step 6: Push the wired foliage bunches into the mossed base starting with the outside edge. Continue to push the wired foliage into the moss base making sure that all pieces slightly overlap, that they all go in the same direction, and that they all lie reasonably flat.
Step 7: Get creative! Your completed wreath can be accessorised or decorated with wired baubles (twist a stub wire through the loop at the top of the bauble and push into the wreath), ribbon bows, cinnamon sticks, dried fruit or any other small Christmas decorations of your choice.
Step 8: Hang your finished wreath from a door, using either a loop of ribbon or wire.
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Wreath guide written by The National Trust - https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/12-easy-steps-for-making-your-christmas-wreath