Our Guide to Making a Christmas Wreath
green florists wire on a reel, either 26 / 28 gauge (the lower the gauge the thicker the wire)
circular florist foam oasis 16cm (or 12 / 14cm as desired)
note: florist oasis and wire can be sourced via the internet.
The preparation stage is hunting and gathering resources in order to create your wreath. Your main foliage will need to be sourced one to two days before making, in order to have it as fresh as possible. Scotland is full of beautiful wild foliage and you’re never too far away to collect what you’ll need.
1- Head into the forest to collect pine cones. Dry them on newspaper near a heat source for at least 5 days to ensure they have no moisture in them. If you only manage to find closed pine cones don’t worry they are good to use. They will need a longer dry time however when dry will fully open up. Once dry add wire to them to allow adding them to your wreath. Cut around 15 cm of florist wire. Fit the wire around and within the outer edges of the bottom of the pine cone. Create a tail by twisting the two strands of wire together. This tail will be used to push the cones into the foam of the oasis. Set aside for use during the later stages of making your wreath.
2- Dry your own oranges. Thinly slice two oranges to about 3 cm in width, disregarding the two edges. Place on a baking tray and put in the oven for 3 hours at 100°. Turn every half hour. As with the pine cones cut around 15cm of florist wire. Poke through the orange and again twist the two strands together to create a wire tail. Again set aside for later.
3- Group 2 to 3 cinnamon sticks together (or just singularly if desired). As with the pine cones and dried oranges wire the cinnamon sticks. Cut 15cm of florist wire and wrap around the sticks, twisting the wire together to create a tail. Set aside for use during the later stages of making your wreath.
Hang inside or out by hanging the ribbon from a hook or nail. Wreaths are traditionally hung on the outside of the door but there are no rules here! Make sure to hang it somewhere that everyone will see how beautiful your Christmas creation is!