Getting my wreath making groove on.
I bought a wreath from Aldi. It was £7.99 and made with fresh spruce branches. It was basically too good to pass up as I knew I could do something with this.
Aldi Wreath (instore £7.99)
However, I didn't want the red plastic berries, the fir cones, the glitter gold bits and the bright red ribbon. I also didn't want the cinnamon sticks on them. So I stripped them all off
I just wanted to do something a little bit different. So based on what I had planned for my wreath, this is what you need :
1. Cutting pliers for cutting the florist wire.
2. Burlap wired ribbon
3. Faux (or real if you can get it) Eucalyptus Branch
4. Faux Green Viburnam (or real if you can get it) Flower Spray
5. Florist Wire
After stripping off the extra decorations. I was basically left with a still excellent well fleshed out fir spruce wreath.
I cut the eucalyptus branch down into more manageable sizes so I could arrange them how I wanted. I chose to group the eucalyptus together on the right side (positioning about 4pm).
I cut the florist wire in to about 4 inch lengths. Each piece I bent in half so it resembled a hair pin. I used these to pin the eucalyptus to the wreath. Arrange and pin (press firmly to secure) till you are happy.
I need to moisturise - I know.
I did the same with faux viburnam on the other side so they were diagonally opposite the eucalyptus. I stuck a bit of left over eucalyptus in with the virburnam to add a little foliage.
See the pin?
Not any more!
I then created a big bow with some burlap ribbon that I'd bought on a roll.
I went for grey ribbon as I wanted quite muted tones on the wreath.
This is wired. If you are hanging a wreath outside, I would recommend a wired ribbon as this will hold it's shape better. A regular ribbon will droop somewhat when it gets wet but a wired one will still be fine. I chose to pin my bow just beneath the virburnam as I said, I didn't want it too too uniform.
Don't forget to tie a loop on the back of your wreath to hang it!
Last Note :
- For £7.99, the Aldi wreath is not to be sniffed at. It's quite a good size and a well made lovely looking wreath anyway. You know what they say - you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
- This is a really really lazy way of "making" a wreath. You don't need to start totally from scratch with doing your oasis, soaking it, wrapping it, popping in your foliage etc etc
- But it's a really really good simple way if you're a novice and you don't want to over face yourself and just do the fun bits.
- I went for less is more. Or you could call it minimalist chic. Or you could say I'm plain lazy :)
- Some very dark berries (almost black) would have looked good on this - if I had any :(
- I could do with a few more sprigs of eucalyptus but I ran out and I just wanted to get this post done so you can crack on if you fancy a go at this.
- My hubs will hate it - he didn't like the other one I made here. "Needs a bit of red on it" he said.