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Wild Spring Wreath

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By Terri Chandler And Katie Smyth | Dec 31, 2019

Photo by Kristin Perers

Without a doubt, spring is one of the most wonderful times of year. It’s hard to beat that feeling you get when the flowers and trees start to bloom, and you know there are many months ahead of being able to use all your favorite flowers for a variety of things.

We love the concept of a seasonal wreath. You can go for a walk, take a few cuttings, and make a beautiful wreath that reflects and celebrates what’s growing around you.

This is a simple project, and the base can be used again and again. Because the fresh flowers won’t be kept in water, the wreath is best used for a gathering or special occasion. The upside of this project is that you can make each and every wreath you create look different. Willow wreath bases look attractive in their own right, so there’s no need to cover the whole shape if you prefer not to.

This wreath will brighten up any space. It works especially well in a hallway, giving the feeling that you’ve brought a piece of springtime into the house.

Tools & Materials

  • Floral scissors
  • White yarrow stem (7)
  • Yellow yarrow stem (10)
  • Purple flowering basil stem (8)
  • Purple clematis stem (3)
  • Cotoneaster foliage stem (8)
  • White delphinium stem (2)
  • Fennel stem (5)
  • Lavender stem (5)
  • Flowering mint stem (5)
  • Wax flower stem (7)
  • Wild grass bunch (10)
  • Pre-made natural willow plaited vine wreath base
  • Linen or rope, to hang wreath

Instructions:

1 Prepare your chosen stems by cutting them diagonally into a variety of lengths, approximately 12 inches for the longer, wilder stems, and 6 inches for the stems that’ll sit tighter to the wreath’s base. Start at the top and weave the foliage stems in a clockwise direction through the plait of the vine. Place the stems in a diagonal direction as opposed to straight in, following the direction of the base. This type of wreath looks best when the flowers and foliage are placed following the same direction, which helps give the wreath a nice shape and flow.

Photo by Kristin Perers

NOTE: There’s no need to wire or tape the foliage in place, as the wreath structure is tight enough to hold the stems securely.

2 Continue to cover the base of your wreath with foliage until you have a good basic coverage. Then add your flowers, once again in a clockwise direction, making sure each area has some floral embellishment. It’s just as effective to add your flowers in groups, or create patterns with them.

Photo by Kristin Perers

3 To hang, thread a strip of linen or rope through the back of the structure, and hang on a nail or hook screwed into a wall, or suspended from a handy structure. (We used the bar of a ceiling clothes drying rack.)

Photo by Kristin Perers

The beauty of this wreath is that you just place your materials into the wreath base, with no tying or taping in position. This means it’s quick to make, and the materials can be easily changed out or rearranged if there’s anything you’re not happy with.

TIPS: Choose flowers with woody stems, such as wax flowers and hydrangeas, which will last longer out of water. Flowers with hollow stems, including daffodils and poppies, can die quickly, so be mindful of this when choosing your blooms. Flowers that dry well, such as ‘Parker’s Variety’ yarrow, wild heather, and woody stemmed hydrangeas, are great choices for this project.

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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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