So I finally got time to build my Christmas wreath this morning, thanks in a BIG way to my fantastic mom-in-law for all her guidance, experience and reams of foliage and ribbon! It was such a fun DIY and has really got me excited for the festive season, especially when I hang up this little beauty outside my front door tomorrow morning!
I decided to go more rustic than traditional (no red cherries) and used fynbos and other similarly coloured leaves together with my silver baubles and striped ribbon, here is the finished product below:
If you’re keen to make your own Christmas wreath, then here’s a bit of a how to. You’ll need:
- A circular base.
- This can be an actual wooden wreath (like mine below), dried oasis from the nursery which is nice to stick branches into, a sturdy wire hanger that’s been bent into a circle (best for smaller ones) or even a pool noodle! Check out this DIY for how to wangle that.
- Spraypaint in your colour of choice (I used white for a light spritz)
- A collection of what you want to attach to your base – baubles, flowers, ivy, sprigs of greenery, ribbon, fruit, tinsel etc
- A hot glue gun (really helps with quick attachment)
- Some easy-bend wire to attach heavier items
- A sense of creativity and imagination (and a cup of tea).
My suggestion is find a focal point on your wreath and use something to draw the eye. I used this lovely artichoke flower that my mom-in-law had amongst her goodies and then gave it a light spritz with the white spraypaint.
The glue gun is quite fun to use, but watch out – it is very hot (I burnt myself a few times). Great for attaching a curved sprig or a bauble directly onto the wreath base.
You really can use anything to decorate your wreath with. Here are some of the goodies Helene used in her beautiful traditional wreath, such as raffia, berries and pinecones.
The finished product! I also tied a bow with silver and white striped ribbon and hung two vintage and tarnished silver hearts that I had at home from the centre. It worked really well with the overall look.
And that’s that! Bring on the festive cheer! Now I need to go add a secret chocolate to my son’s advent calendar in the ‘Day 2’ pocket… else he would consume all 24 days worth of treats in one short sitting. Happy evening!