A few weeks back I attended a wreath making class at a nearby farm shop. It taught us how to create a simple spring wreath using seasonal flowers. I loved it. It was so therapeutic and actually so easy to create something beautiful with little effort. The wilder and more random you make it, the more interesting and attractive it becomes.
Last week I thought I would have a go at making my own summer wreath and loads of you messaged me afterwards to see how I created it. It’s super easy, here’s what you need to do…
What you need to purchase
An oasis ring.
Oasis is a water absorbing foam that allows you to poke in the flower stems, holding them securely in place.
I purchased mine from Hobbycraft for £6.00 but you could probably purchase from most florists or from EBay. The ring shape also means you can lay the finished wreath on a table as a center piece also and even pop a fragrant candle in the middle.
An assortment of greenery and flowers.
I cut the greenery from my own garden using secateurs. I chopped off pieces of ivy or thick-stemmed leaves. You can also use twigs or bracken if you are going for a more autumnal theme. There are no rules. You need some small flowers to bulk it up and hide gaps, medium flowers to balance it all out and some larger blooms as your showstopper. You can really use as many as you like and to what ever colour theme suits your taste.
You can purchase your flowers from any supermarket or flowers but I do find supermarket flowers don’t last as long as those from a market or florist.
Ribbon in a colour of your choice
How to do it
Firstly you need to soak your Oasis ring in a bowl or sink of cold water for about 20 minutes. It will soak up loads of water and hold onto it like a sponge. This then acts as filtration to feed your flowers whilst it’s hanging on your door.
Once the oasis is soaked, you can begin to get creative.
Start with large greenery leaves and you want to add them to the outer edge and angle them so that the leaf is lower than the stem and slightly slanted to one side. Go around the edge following the same slanted and angled application.
Don’t forget to also add in smaller greenery leaves to the inner circle, following the same angle as the outer edge. You can then add in random pieces of greenery on the front aspect of the wreath.
Next you can start adding in your small and medium flowers in any particular place. Either do it symmetrically or poke them in sporadically.
Once you can no longer see the oasis and the wreath is starting to fill out, you can add in the larger blooms.
Don’t forget to regularly step back and have a look at your wreath to see where needs a little more. Once you have placed your flower into the wreath and made a hole in the foam, try not to giggle the flower around or remove and re-insert. If you do this then the original hole will get bigger and looser and no longer hold the flower.
Once you have finished, cut some ribbon and loop it around the wreath and tie a knot. Just shift the knot around so it’s hidden under the flowers.
In total this cost £23.00.
I am in no way a pro at this so florists please forgive me if this is all wrong but this method has worked really well for me and I have found that the wreaths last around 2 weeks on the door. If they are in the sun they may wilt a little quicker but a misting of water every few days can help liven the flowers up a little. If you are using as a centre piece on a table then make sure it’s kept in a cool room.
Tag me in your photos on Instagram if you have a go at making your own wreath, I’d love to see them. I can’t wait to make a Halloween themed one in October!