Something I have always wanted to do is make my own Christmas wreath.
Every year I try to find a unique one, that has not got too much glitter, maybe something special about it. It has to tick all the boxes and not be extortionately priced. Every year I fail and buy a last minute one from Lidl or Aldi – as they have a great selection.
This year I found an amazing florist in Kent who decided to do her own wreath workshop and I signed up immediately. She is so lovely and was so patient explaining step by step how we can make our wreaths. She brought all the tools, decorations, wires, ribbon for hanging and she even had some wreaths already prepared, if you just wanted to decorate a wreath and not make it from scratch.
When I arrived I discovered a lovely full on spread of food – cheese, grapes, chocolate cake, nuts and nibbles as well as Prosecco, Bucks Fizz, tea and coffee and the cherry on top – Christmas music to get us all in the festive mood.
The lady who organised the workshop is called Chelsie Richards. Chelsie managed to bring a large selection of decorations, so there was lots to choose from. Glitter, cinnamon, real dried fruit such as oranges, limes and apples and she even brought artificial cranberries, bows, acorns, twigs and more. The list goes on.
Chelsie explained that we could make the wreaths from scratch or we could use wreaths that she has previously made and decorate them to our tastes. So she brought lots of dried and wet moss along with different branches and leaves for the base of the wreath. It all smelt amazing!
So this is how I started off…
Chelsie explained that we had to roll up a lot of moss – as when we wire it on it will decrease in size a lot. This was the messy bit, however this section will be the base.
The way in which we added the branches was the longest process for me. We spread out 2/3 variations of branches placed them together and then wired them around the whole wreath. You can leave sections out, or just the top, the bottom. The possibilities are endless. I decided to go the whole way around.
With my wreath I wanted it to look very rustic, to have a lot of foliage and no glitter or sparkle. I am just not that sort of person with my flowers. I like a log of green and simplicity.
This is the end result…
I love my wreath because no one else will have the same as me, it is simple yet shows Christmas in the way that I like to see it – touches of glitter, cinnamon and oranges and with a lot of green! For me it really is about all the details.
I absolutely loved the workshop!
It is something I would do every year as you can learn so much – and it is all about what you like. It was also great getting out of the house and being around new people and some old – and learning something new. It was hard work and I never knew how much work really goes into making such simple and beautiful pieces of floristry. Chelsie is amazing and she still has some work shops taking place this week if you are keen to go to any, click here.
Next year she is planning on organising workshops based around Christmas Table Arrangements – sign me up!
Until next time.