How to Make a Christmas Wreath

Woodland walks in the autumn and winter mean one thing, over-filled pockets of pine cones and this fabulously festive Christmas wreath finally puts them to good use.

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

Now Kathryne is crafty in more ways than one, and at this time of year she can’t wait for us to come into work with branches of holly, conifer and other bits and pieces that she can use in her annual Christmas wreath.

What you will need

equipment
  • Wreath frame or willow branches (see Kathryne's Top Tips)
  • Fresh holly
  • Fresh conifer branches
  • Gardening wire
  • Pine cones
  • Star anise
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ratafia or any type of string
  • Water based glue

How you do it

  1. Firstly divide your conifer branches into two piles, one with the larger pieces and the other with the smaller.

  2. Take the gardening wire and use this to carefully attach the larger branches evenly around the wreath frame.

    christmas wreath assembly
  3. Continue until you have covered the frame with the larger branches of conifer.

    conifer
  4. Next, take the smaller sections of the conifer branches and divide them evenly with the holly pieces. Use the gardening wire to attach the conifer and holly pieces to form small bunches.

    holly and conifer
  5. Securely attach the bunches to the wreath frame, ensuring you further fill in any visible gaps.

    tying to the wreath
  6. At this stage you will already have a very festive looking wreath but there are plenty of finishing touches you can still make.

    holly wreath
  7. Take the pine cones and using the gardening wire, fix three pine cones together to form clusters.

    pine cones
  8. Attach the clusters of pine cones evenly onto your Christmas wreath.

    Christmas wreath

Kathryne's Top Tips

  • You can also use a pliable, bendy wood such as willow to make your wreath frame. Just take 3 lengths of willow and tie them together at one end before platting the 3 pieces together. When you have platted the willow, bend to make a circle before tying the ends together to secure.
  • cinnamon and star anise
  • Christmas spices can give a great finishing touch to your wreath. Take three cinnamon sticks, bunch them together and secure them with the ratafia or string by creating a knot. Then place a small amount of glue on the back of the star anise and attach it to the top of the knot, making sure you hold it securely in place to let the glue dry. Thread a piece of gardening wire through the back of the decoration to enable you to attach it to your Christmas Wreath.
  • Old Christmas decorations such as tinsel and baubles can also add a touch of sparkle to your wreath.

Let's See Your Christmas Wreathes

We know your Little Trekkers love bringing the outside in, (particularly sticks and twigs) and so share your Christmas wreaths with us on our facebook page.

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