I love wreaths, especially those made of fresh foliage, flowers and plants. A little while ago I attended a flower school course at my favourite flower shop, Green Parlour in Pangbourne, where Emma, the owner, shared lots of great tips that could come in handy if you want to learn how to make a wreath for Christmas.
How to Make a Wreath
Start with an oasis wreath form (oasis is also known as floral foam).
Soak the wreath form before use but don’t push it down into the water. (This can cause air pockets to form in the oasis and foliage inserted into an air pocket can’t take up any water so will not last.)
You must never re-use oasis. Use fresh for every project or the flowers will not last.
If you put a piece of foliage in the wrong place and remove it, do not re-use the hole that was made. Flowers inserted in existing holes won’t last as long.
Mist wreaths and arrangements with water regularly.
Making up and decorating the wreath
1. Carefully trim the edges of the oasis wreath form, rounding it off to give a nice shape. (picture top right)
2. To start, build up layers of foliage (we started with eucalyptus), positioning the pieces carefully. Move round the wreath form to give a nice shape. (Never insert pieces of foliage so they are sticking straight out from the sides of the wreath.) Continue to build up the foliage, working on establishing a good shape to your wreath (pictures bottom left and right).
4. Enhance the wreath with ‘garnishes’. You can use slices of dried citrus fruit, more pinecones, dried seed heads or whatever other natural addition appeals to you. Here are a couple of the finished wreaths from the day.
5. Once your wreath is in place, be sure to mist it regularly to help keep the foliage fresh.
Although I still ask the florists at Green Parlour to make my wreaths for me, I would definitely feel confident making my own (although it wouldn’t be as lovely as one of Green Parlour’s wreaths!). I thoroughly enjoyed attending their flower school.
Green Parlour run flower schools throughout the year. You can learn more here.
Disclosure: I am a regular customer of Green Parlour in Pangbourne and have taken part in three of their flower schools which I enjoyed immensely. The opinions contained in this post are my own and I have not been compensated in any way.