Christmas wreaths look great, are super easy to make, and best of all…they’re fun for all the family!
Here are our instructions on how to make the perfect Christmas wreath…
You will need:
- A 12” diameter wire frame
- Some conifer/holly/tree fern
- Moist sphagnum moss
- Aluminium wire
- Real wire
- Moss pins
- Some plastic wrapping (or a big bag)
- A variety of items to decorate (It’s up to you what you choose! We really like flowers!)
Hint: Give the moss a little clean to remove all the bits of twig.
1. Attach the real wire to your frame. Do this by twisting it around the frame a couple of times until it’s quite secure. Grab a good handful of moss and wedge it between the two bars of your frame, and secure it by wrapping the real wire around it a few times. This can be quite messy, and sometimes you might find bugs, worms and other creepy crawlies, so watch out! Also make sure the moss is quite moist, otherwise it will just flake off! If it is a bit dry, just wet it with a little bit of tap water.
2. Keep this going until the frame looks nice and full. Go around once more with the real wire to make sure it is nice and secure. When this is done, snip the wire and poke it into the moss. This will be sharp so let a parent or guardian do this!
3. Give it a bit of a squash together, and chop off any bits that are sticking out. By now you should have something that looks like the base to a wreath.
4. Now you’ll need the plastic wrapping. You need to attach this to the back. This it to protect the door or wall you hang it on. Simply wrap it along the back of your wreath and attach using moss pins. Keep on folding it backwards and forwards along the back. If you haven’t got any plastic wrapping, you can just cut up a bin bag!
5. Now to start decorating! You can use tree fern, holly from the garden, or anything else you want to add. Be creative! Just make sure it’s something that will last and won’t go brown, so evergreens are recommended. Snip little bits off whatever you’ve chosen, 5 inches will be fine, and strip one end. Take a strip on aluminium wire and bend it horizontal to your stripped stem, making one prong longer than the other. Then wrap the longer prong around the stem and fold down, to make two prongs. You’ll need about 20 of these! When you’re done, push them in!
6. Use the same technique to attach any items you want to add. If something is too fragile to attach with wire, use superglue.
7. To attach it to your door, wrap some ribbon around it and hang it to a nail.