Festive Wreath Project
Photo by Kristin Perers
As florists, we make a lot of seasonal wreaths. In fact, our studio is often so packed with them that we have to hang some from the ceiling so we aren’t tripping over them. They always look so beautiful hanging together. We think it actually creates a unique and interesting display.
If you have a large space, you can hang groups of large and small wreaths together. If you want to create this effect in your home, but you have less room, you can make lots of small wreaths to hang together in groups. Use them as party decorations, and then give them to your guests as parting gifts.
If you want to make wreaths throughout the year, keep the bases in place, and simply change out the materials periodically. Either way, this display is a wonderful way to show off all your different wreaths.
These instructions apply to the wreath variations listed below. The flowers, foliage, and vine length differ for each wreath, but the basic tools and materials apply to all of them. Make them all, make just one, or choose a few to combine for a wall display.
For each wreath, the basic tools and materials you’ll need are twine, floral scissors, and two 5-foot-long pieces of thinly cut linen. Floral spray paint in bronze or copper is optional.
- For each design, you’ll need to use a vine to create a basic wreath base[AS1] . Some of the designs are simple, while others are a little more detailed.
- Tie the materials onto the wreath base using twine. Each wreath should have a basic flow, which usually means that one side of the wreath is heavier with flowers and foliage than the other. To add a bit of extra sparkle, lightly spray a few stems with bronze or copper spray paint.
- Once you’re happy with the coverage you have on each wreath, plan where you’ll hang them. Attach lengths of twine or strips of linen to your wreaths to hang. The wreaths can be suspended from an existing beam, hung from hooks screwed into the ceiling, or from nails in the walls. If you have room, you can hang them in a row, or, in smaller spaces, they can be hung in a group at different heights.
- When they’re all hung, and you’re happy with the placement, add any finishing touches. For example, there may be a gap between two wreaths where you can place another branch, or you may want to add something eye-catching to enhance the overall design, such as a long piece of metallic bronze ribbon.
Photo by Kristin Perers
Simple Olive and Bronze Wreath
- 24-inch clematis vine for wreath base
- Wild nigella pod (3)
- Small cedar branch (4)
- Olive branch (4)
- 12-inch clematis vine for wreath base
- White limonium stem (3)
- White mimosa foliage stem (4)
- Ruscus stem (2)
Pine and Ruscus Wreath
- 16-inch clematis vine for wreath base
- Lichen branch
- Scots pine branch
- Small cedar branch (7)
- Preserved white ruscus stem (2)
- 20-inch clematis vine for wreath base
- Dried pressed fern stem
- Dried honesty stem
- Short magnolia stem (3)
- Green mimosa stem (3)
- Small cedar branch (5)
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Terri Chandler and Katie Smyth make up Worm London. These projects are excerpted with permission from their book Wreaths (Quadrille, 2018).
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