Todays post is a little late as I have been busy making door wreaths, and I thought I'd share with you how I make mine.
I like to use a 10" oasis wreath ring. You can get these from your local florist or Amazon. It does look pretty small, but its easy to create a good sized door wreath with this size.
Ask your local garden centre for the off cuts to the christmas trees they sell. You should be able to get these for virtually free. Also if you are fortunate to have a garden have a forage round. Mixing up foliage makes for a more natural interesting looking wreath. We are fortunate enough to have a couple of conifer trees in our garden so this combined with the blue pine off cuts from our local garden centre, and a few other evergreen plants, meant that there was no expense laid out on the foliage for my door wreaths.
You will need to thoroughly soak your ring in cold water. It should feel quite heavy when you have soaked it. Once you have done this you will need to attach a length of string or ribbon. This will be the top position of your door wreath and it needs to be long enough to be able to hang it to your door. I'd recommend using more rather than less as you can at least cut it to length when hanging it.
TIP: Always ensure your stems of your cut foliage are clean of leaves/needles. This ensures that the foliage can drink the water in the oasis and won't dry out.
Start at the top of your ring and work your way around it pushing in each piece of foliage into the oasis.
You should be left with something that looks like this. You can mix up your foliage to create more interest.
TIP: Flat foliage such as conifer and pine work best as the basis to your wreath as it will sit flat against your door.
Once you have finished with the foliage (ensuring that no oasis green is showing), you can then start to have fun adding your accessories.
I like to use a mixture of real and artificial accessories for my wreaths. This year, I chose a gorgeous artificial flower head as the focal point to my wreath.
As well as using real foliage, I also like to mix it up with artificial foliage just to add a different texture to it. You need to break down artificial leaves and rewire them by using florist wires. You can tape them with florist tape if you want but its not essential.
Make sure you leave enough wire to insert it into your wreath. You can always cut it shorter.
Once I have wired my artificial embellishments, I start to build up my wreath by positioning them and putting them into the oasis ring.
Close up of my door wreath showing real and artificial.
TIP: To get a good view your wreath, its always a good to pop it on the floor so you can have good look at it from above, and make sure you are happy with the positioning of your accessories as well as it's shape.
Once your happy with your arrangement, the next step is to secure all your accessories by using a glue gun. Take one piece out at a time and cover with hot glue and place it back into the ring. This will ensure that nothing will fall out especially with all the visitors coming and going and the front door in constant use!
Then you are free to hang it to your door and enjoy!!
TIP: The oasis wreath rings do have bumper patches on the back of them so they won't damage your door, but its always good to add small pieces of blueback to the back. This prevents the ring from coming away from the door when it's opened and shut.
Every year, I make our friends a door wreath too. The possibilities are endless as to what you can use and the different looks you can create.
Have a great week Friends!