There is something delightfully youthful and pure about a floral wreath. A simple collection or an elaborate assortment, displayed or worn, the creation of one is a truly enjoyable experience and an exercise anyone can undertake. Visit your local flower market or raid the garden, the only set rules are the basics of how it goes together and that's what I'm sharing with you today.
What you will need: Secateurs Floral tape (a thin, pliable tape that sticks to itself, available from floristry supplies) Assortment of flowers/greenery Wire hoop (you could also use an embroidery hoop, loose wire, willow, anything that will allow you to form a wreath shape) Somewhere you can make a mess (I love to be outside with a cup of tea, makes the world of difference!)
1| Prepare your flowers Cut off segments of flowers in around 10cm lengths and trim stems to remove any leaves, etc.
2| Sort: Make small groupings of your selected flowers. If you’re working with the same type, make the groupings full and solid. If you're working with variations, keep it interesting, floral, greenery, small buds and statement flowers. Each grouping should be interesting on its own.
3| Binding: Wrap each small grouping with floral tape and trim remaining stem to make a neat posy. Continue making posies until you have enough to go around your selected base. At this point you may choose to go all the way around or perhaps just over a section to leave your base exposed. This wreath (pictured) required 18 posies.
4| Attach: Starting with the first posy, place or thread into your base and attach with floral tape to secure ( I pre-cut my tape into 10cm lengths as otherwise I get all clumsy trying to hold the posy and the roll of tape). Take your next posy and overlap the previous grouping’s stems so that no stem is shown, and continue around. At this point I chose to combine in some drooping gum leaves and a few borlotti beans for interest. The options are endless – be creative!
5| Finishing At your chosen finishing point, you will want to hide the stems of the previous posy. If you continue right around this will naturally happen however if you choose to only do a section of your wreath turn your last posy around so the stems overlap and the heads of the posy meet.
6| Display: It's as simple as that! Hang on the front door, lay on the coffee table or suspend with fishing line horizontally, the making of a floral wreath is a gratifying experience. Maintain with a light spritz of water and if you display out of direct sunlight, given the right selection of flowers, you should have a beautiful long lasting wreath to admire.
Have a go! Any questions – find me on facebook
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Contributed by Amey.